In her book Mindset, Carol Dweck explains that we fall into one of two mindsets, fixed or growth. The fixed mindset believes that they are all they will ever be right now. The growth mindset believes that they are capable of learning and evolving. None of us is “pure” in all activities. What I mean is that we can be in a “fixed” mindset doing certain tasks and “growth minded” doing others. Take me for example. I come from a family that gets lost when navigating and driving. I called this behavior “geographic dyslexia”. It produces a huge amount of anxiety in me. One day while riding in the car my boyfriend John asked me to help him navigate. I said something like “I am geographically challenged”. We had just finished reading about mindsets so, with his guidance, I modified what I had uttered and said, “I used to be geographically challenged but I am getting better all the time”. Small change but it had the immediate effect of lifting the hold that the fear of being afraid and getting lost had over me. It just felt better to ALLOW that I am willing to grow to become a better navigator.
How can you use the “growth mindset” to break out of fixed thoughts about yourself?