Your mindset predisposes you to failure or success. That’s the bad news AND the good news. Your mindset dictates how you approach anything.
Dr. Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University explains that in a fixed mindset your talents, intelligence and abilities are cast in stone. They are set and finite. No matter what you do, nothing changes. Not only is this true for you but you see the abilities of others as finite as well.
Contrast that to a growth mindset, which holds that your innate abilities are merely a starting point. With effort, experience, persistence and learning, you can be successful. If you can be successful, others can be, too.
A growth mindset is the foundation for running a successful company. If you are unwittingly operating from a fixed mindset, the good news is that you can change. Use the following four steps to get you started:
Personally speaking I acknowledge that I have a fixed mindset about my musical ability. As far as I can see, I am limited to making a joyful noise, not carrying a tune. I am on high alert to discover where other fixed mindsets could be lurking and what I am willing to do about them.
The ability to choose your mindset puts you in a powerful position. It also gives you the responsibility for making a different choice.
What unexamined beliefs do you have about the world that reflects in your decisions? Change your mindset and everything changes. Success is an inside job.
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