Personal development: the growth mindset and the fixed mindset

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When you take a personality type test and read a description of their psychological type, your first reaction is a relief. You now understand why you behave the way he does. Your life has changed.

But then many make the same mistake. People use test results to justify their fears and complexes. “I am an introvert and will not be able to perform in public” or “I, by definition, cannot organize my life.”

You can't do that! After all, the personality type test was invented to understand your shortcomings and work on them. Even if you continue to live on the strengths of your personality, ignoring the weaknesses, you should not expect success.

A person develops when he solves new problems and improves himself. Working on weaknesses is the most obvious way of self-development. Otherwise, your weaknesses will become a barrier in your career, family, and business!

Stanford professor Dr. Carol Dweck found that successful and unsuccessful people differ primarily in thinking. Dr. Carol found two fundamentally different ways of thinking: the growth mindset and the fixed mindset.

Fixed mindset

The fixed mindset means that you believe character and abilities are permanent throughout life and fate is predetermined from birth. Believe that the circumstances of life cannot be changed, and you cannot influence anything. With this thinking, life is a derivative of talents and characteristics. You do not believe you can improve yourself, but you hope that nature has given you enough for success.

If the fixed mindset dominates, you believe that personality type is a static quantity. You want to make efforts to change character traits and develop new qualities, considering them useless. Therefore, you avoid new experiences and are not interested in developing your personality (personal development or personal growth).

Growth mindset

A growth mindset means that you believe in personal evolution and can improve your nature by working on yourself. You are ready to open up to new experiences, try new ideas and concepts, experiment, and improve your character, skills, and competencies.

If you are focused on growth, you look at the personality type as a set of personality traits inherent in nature. But you understand that you can develop new qualities in yourself. And those that are needed for success now limit you and do not allow you to reveal your personality entirely.

You will build a life on constant development and learning trajectory by aiming for growth. You do not mask your shortcomings but are interested and try to learn new things. Self-organize, speak in public or interact with people. You calmly relate to the fact that it is difficult for you to learn from other people and rejoice in the success of others. You know that any skill can be developed and improved.

A growth mindset leads you to tremendous personal success, stable self-esteem, and self-confidence (read Five ways to become more confident instantly). You acquire one of the essential qualities — the ability to constantly learn and develop and approach what is called “the best version of yourself.”

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