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Types of Mindset: Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset

There are two types of mindset we can cultivate: one that embraces problems as opportunities to learn and one that avoids them often out of fear to fail. People that avoid conflicts can be described as having a fixed mindset. Those who see problems as interesting challenges have a growth mindset. Sometimes we like to switch from one to the other.

People have a fixed mindset because they believe that basic qualities like intelligence or talents are fixed traits and that these traits are responsible for success. They often like to document past achievements. With a growth mindset, people believe that new abilities can be developed through practice. This view creates a love for learning the greatest leaders and artists have in common. For them, life becomes an exciting journey with endless opportunities to figure out new things and advance.

To develop a growth mindset Dr. Carol Dweck the Stanford University professor who coined the term, advises leaders, teachers, and parents to celebrate trying. Teachers should applaud students for any grade if they studied hard. Parents should encourage their children to develop any new skill they are interested in. Doing this will make them learn the skill of learning which will also help them back in the classroom.

Types of Mindset: Growth Mindset and Fixed Mindset
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To illustrate the difference in everyday life let's observe two imaginary kids: Jay thinks you've either got it or you haven't. Ann knows that she can learn anything if she wants it enough. At physical exercise, Jay avoids challenges when it's time to jump over the vaulting horse he's afraid to look stupid and be laughed at. Ann embraces any challenge. It's exciting and fun! She knows that failing is part of learning and if she tries hard, at the end nobody will laugh at her. Jay avoids feedback. If the teacher tells him how to improve an assignment he has been working on he takes it personally. Ann knows that to improve she needs to listen to constructive criticism. She also understands that it's not her that is being assessed but the results of her work on that one day. Jay always takes the easy road.

For example, he likes escalators and hates to take the stairs. When he is practicing the guitar he stops the moment he is getting stuck. Ann usually doesn't even take escalators, she jumps up the stairs counting every step in her head and enjoys feeling the blood rushing through her veins. She practices the drums every morning for 15 minutes. Not that she always enjoys it, but she knows that effort is part of a journey to a more fun life. Ann likes to see others succeed, it inspires her. She knows that if she motivates her friends to get better she herself is likely to grow too. If his friends try new things and succeed Jay feels threatened. He's afraid that their success will put pressure on him to do more with his life too.

Modern companies look for employees with the growth mindset because they solve problems and persist despite obstacles. To spot the right ones, some asked during the interview whether the job applicant believes if managers are born or if management is a skill learned. Jay thinks that managers are born. Ann gets the job. Neuroscientist support the idea. They confirm that the brain grows like any other muscle in the body with training. Studies show that adopted twins tend to have higher intelligence Compared to their siblings who stayed with their biological parents.

The difference appears to come from the higher educational levels of adoptive parents and shows that nurture is more important than nature. A simple switch in how a person views a situation can mean the world of difference. Not just the outcome of that situation, the outcome of that person's place in life. As the late poet Samuel Beckett once said: Ever tried. Ever failed No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Difference Between a Growth Mindset and a Fixed Mindset

Have you ever wondered why you make the decisions that you do? Keep watching to discover whether you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset and how it can dramatically impact your life, not always in a good way. There are two different types of mindsets that you can actually choose to adopt and embrace. One mindset takes problems and challenges and sees them as opportunities to learn and grow, and the other one avoids them out of fear of failure. A growth mindset means that you believe that your intelligence and your talents can be developed over time. A fixed mindset means that you believe intelligence is fixed and if you're not good now, you never will be.

You'll never be good at something because you weren't born with that gift. It is very possible to switch between them in different circumstances. It's also possible to say, "I'm going to have a growth mindset all the time." So let me give you examples of both ways to recognize when you're in a fixed mindset and how to turn it into a growth mindset opportunity. I've been a therapist my entire adult life.

I see clients coming with a fixed mindset. "It never works out, it always goes wrong, things never work for me." And I say, "Never?" "No, never. "I always get ghosted, I can never keep a job for more than six months, I always mess things up." And just having them look at them is that true. "My husband always forgets my birthday, my wife is always late." And actually, when you use the word always, never, can't, doesn't work out, always goes wrong, everything I touch falls apart, I'm no good with people, I fall apart under pressure, I can't be the focus of attention, that is a fix. It is not a fleeting belief.

A fleeting thought can be changed. A fixed thought, nothing ever works out, it's all going downhill. Even that belief your school days are the best days of your life, which isn't true, how could it be true that the first bit is the best bit then it all goes downhill? Everything ends in tears, flying is hell, traveling is a nightmare, the line in the store is torture, the commute is driving me insane, and my kids are the bane of my life.

See, these are not fleeting thoughts. They're fixed beliefs Because you repeat them over and over again until you say them so much, they feel true, and then, they become true. What's the opposite of a fixed mindset? This will never work, we're late, it's all ruined, everything's going to be ruined now because we missed the train, we hit traffic, I forgot to add that piece to my proposal, it's all ruined.

Fixed. A growth is, you know, I did forget to add that piece, but I can bring it up. I can make a call; I can send an email. We missed the train. That's unfortunate. There will be another one. This traffic is hell. I have a phone. I can ring someone and say, "Hey, I'm so sorry. I'm in traffic. Huge apologies." Most people say, "I understand, it's okay. Get here when you can." Look at the weather. It's ruined our barbecue, ruined our picnic. Maybe, but you could probably take that indoors and have a great time. I've had some of my best times in bad weather in the rain and the snow. I prefer it to be sunny. But a growth mindset looks for growth.

What can I do about this? How can I fix this? How can I change it? You know, when I bought my apartment in London, my builder promised it would be ready in April. Wasn't ready in April. It will be ready in May and wasn't ready in May. The day I was moving in, he called me and said, "Well, the scaffolding is inside the house. You can put all your furniture there. It's fine." I'm not putting my furniture in a new house full of scaffolding. I sent it into storage.Went to a hotel. I was working in Croatia. "It'll all be ready when you come back." On the plane to come, "It's all ready. There's just one tiny problem." What's that? "No water, no electricity.

Other than that, it's great." I'm like, oh, I can't move in. Move back into a hotel. And I said to my husband, "You know, I want to move in. Let's just move in." We rented a blow-up bed. We had cardboard boxes, but we were so happy. It was actually great fun. We had nothing. We didn't have to do any laundry and didn't have any cups, but we had a blow-up bed and some boxes for side tables. We ate out; it was lovely sunny weather. When I think back to that time, I didn't know how many pillows. My husband had one pillow. I used a rolled-up coat, and yet, I was really happy having nothing. It was an adventure. I could enjoy it because it wasn't forever, but it was actually fun.

We had friends over, they thought it was fun. I think we had two towers between us, but it was fun 'cause I was thinking, oh, soon I'll have my bed. And then when I got my furniture, I'm like, Oh my God, I've got a bed, I've got towels, I've got laundry. I can actually walk around. The floor isn't covered in nails. So, the growth mindset is, this is actually fun, this is actually enjoyable, this is actually okay. And a fixed mindset is, this is hell. You always want to have a growth mindset. A growth mindset is developed when you say what's good about this one day, we'll look back and laugh about this one day. We'll look back and say, hey, that was actually fun.

You know, we built that house together when we went to car boot sales and had no money for furniture, but it was fun when we didn't have something. I was listening to Carol Decker from a rock bank called T'Pau, saying that when she first was with her husband, they had sleeping bags and they got to watch TV and they had a little heater. They took it from room to room, and her mother would come and visit and cry going, "How can you live like this?" She said, "Mom, we're really happy. We're in love. We're so happy." And she said, "Now, with all the money I have, I remember that happiness of our house, it was so cold, but we had each other to keep each other warm.

Don't get into that fix. This will never change; it will always be like this, it will never work out; there's nothing I can do about it. When you can't change anything, you can still change your thoughts.

When you're sitting on a flight for three hours, when your flight is canceled, when everything goes wrong, you can change your thoughts. I was in Ibiza last year doing an amazing retreat at this incredible place. It was so wonderful. I kept saying; I don't want to leave. I don't want to leave. Then I went to the airport, and my flight was canceled, canceled again, canceled again. I was going to Germany. And I had on flip-flops and shorts, but I had all my colder clothes in my suitcase, which I checked in.

All my luggage went, and my husband, and I ended up in Holland in the rain at midnight, standing in the rain with flip flops and shorts, trying to find a hotel to pick up a flight the next day that would take us to Berlin 'cause I had a course in Berlin. I had to be there. And in fact, I got there at 10:00 AM. I think we had to get up at 4:30, but looking back, it was an adventure. It was fun. We had each other; we laughed about it. We laughed about the horrible restaurant and the fact that we had not even a toothbrush or toothpaste with us. But we got to Berlin the next day.

We went from being in this amazing, super luxurious place in Ibiza to be in this weird hotel at the airport in Amsterdam with nothing to being in Berlin. It was really cold. But my growth mindset, this is fun. I'm enjoying this. I enjoyed all of it. A fixed mindset says, well, that's ruined everything. It's ruined, the memories of Ibiza. It's going to ruin the school in Berlin. The school in Berlin was amazing. One of the best ones, the best crowd we ever taught.

A growth mindset helps you think, well, this is okay. I can deal with it. You're never given something you can't handle. It's a challenge; it's a situation, but it's okay. And a fixed mindset is it's not okay; it's terrible. If you would like to understand how can take you from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, something all geniuses, all millionaires have, and all successful people have a growth mindset You can't run a business, you can't have phenomenal success with a fixed mindset.

You can't be an Olympic athlete with a fixed mindset if you want to have the mindset of a winner. So if you think you have a fixed mindset that's keeping you stuck and if you'd like some help with having a growth mindset that moves you into expansion, you don't want to be retracting, you want to be expanding.

What do you think about the concept? Is it overly simplistic? And if you buy the idea, do you believe it is possible to make a permanent switch from a fixed to a growth mindset? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!