A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness – Step 2

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

This is Step 2 of my series “The beginners guide to happiness.” In my last post (click here if you missed it) I challenged everyone to take an A4 piece of paper and write all the things that make you happy. This is a super easy way to start changing our negative thinking patterns to positive ones.

Today I want to challenge everyone to start testing out a “growth mindset.” Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck and author of the book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, asserts that adopting a growth mindset can help us succeed more and be happier – both at work and in our lives.

So what is a growth mindset? A “growth mindset,” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a tendency to believe that you can grow. Dweck explains that while a “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, a growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure “not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.” In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development so keep reading below for some tips on how to cultivate your growth mindset today.

GROWTH MINDSET VS FIXED MINDSET


5 simple tips to kick start your “Growth Mindset”

  1. Do some research – I recommend doing some research into how our brain works and mindset in general. I initially started researching growth mindset for my son and once I had read all of the research and positive outcomes I was motivated to adapt this mindset myself.
  2. Take a quiz – Are you wondering what type of mindset you have? With a simple google search “mindset quiz” you’ll have a million different options pop up. I really enjoyed this quiz as the questions prompted some self reflection and before even getting the results I had identified areas where my mindset is fixed and started to challenge myself as to why I felt that way.
  3. Adjust your Self talk – How many times have you thought…? “I can’t,” or “I won’t” or given up before even starting something? This is part of having a fixed mindset and those 2 words alone actually creates a barrier for you thinking of ways around a situation. Try replacing them with “How can I” or “I choose” as it will empower you to open your mind and take control of the situation instead of giving up.
  4. Embrace failures – Failure can build a pathway to a growth mindset. People who have a growth mindset give things a go regardless of the outcome, they see challenges as opportunities and failure as learning.  Don’t believe me? Check out my post “15 famous people who failed before they succeeded.
  5. Give it a go-  When we believe that our intelligence, creative abilities, and character are things that we can improve, we learn and get better at what we do. I can guarantee that this change will not go unnoticed to the people around you which may spark something within themselves to adopt this mindset too. Be encouraging of others as when we surround ourselves with people who have or are developing their growth mindset it actually becomes easier.

By opening yourself up to the growth mindset you are able to balance any shortcomings with optimism and unlock that magical feeling that is true happiness.

Thanks for reading and make sure you share your smile with the world today ☮

28 Comments

  1. Very well put with facts and explaination

  2. Great post 😁

  3. Fab post , i think i have heard of this book

  4. Great info here. I’m very interested in a growth mindset, and how to foster it in children.

    • Absolutely! The earlier we can build this mindset the easier it will be for them to maintain it as they get older. There are so many activities and tips and tricks on pinterest that I have found super useful for my children 🙂

  5. Please read my first post

  6. sensibledove says:

    Love this! There’s so much potential in all of us to grow, expand our minds, and simply strive to be better than we are today.
    I think we take for granted the power of our minds 😀
    Thanks for sharing.
    Judy @sensibledove

  7. pinkyhong says:

    Great Post ! Have a nice day !

  8. fakeflamenco says:

    The growth vs fixed mindset chart is very helpful. I am alternating between the two at the moment, want to lean toward growth! R

    • It definitely takes practice. Another handy tool is to keep a journal and write down situations where you identify yourself with a fixed mindset. After a week of doing this go through your journal and look at them with a growth mindset. When I did this I found it easier to identify my fixed mindset in the moment and formed a habit of pausing and switching my mindset there and then. 🙂

      • fakeflamenco says:

        Very cool idea! I will try that. I now recognized this dynamic in the book I just finished. I read Proud about Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Mohammed. She was on a team of athletes who often had a fixed mindset, where she had a growth mindset. Her performance excelled due to her growth mindset! : ) Rebecca

  9. Carol Anne says:

    Fab! Loved this! 🙂

  10. fallon25 says:

    Great read to start my morning 🌞

  11. RealThoughts says:

    Great post! That book is great and more people should be aware of it! It is one of my favorites!

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