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12  Steps to Develop a Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset

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A Growth Mindset is a belief that intelligence and abilities can be developed through hard work, good teaching, and dedication. This belief has been shown to lead to increased motivation and improved learning outcomes.


The opposite is the Fixed Mindset, which is a belief that our abilities and intelligence are static and that we either have it or we don’t. This way of thinking limits our potential because we don’t bother to develop our skills or stretch ourselves beyond our comfort levels.


There are many benefits to having a growth mindset. People with a growth mindset are more likely to take on challenging tasks, persevere in the face of setbacks, and learn from their mistakes. They are also more likely to be successful in achieving their goals and be successful in life.


Find more abotu thee mindesets in the article “Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset: Key to Success”.


Nelson Mandela is an excellent example of someone who had a growth mindset. He was born into a low-income family in rural South Africa and faced many challenges throughout his life. Despite all this, he never gave up and became one of the most respected leaders in the world.


Mandela believed that education was the key to success. He once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He dedicated his life to fighting for equality and justice. He also believed in his ability to grow and change, eventually becoming one of the most influential people in history.


Mandela’s story is an inspiration to us all. It shows that anyone can achieve their dreams if they are willing to work hard and never give up.


If you want to develop a growth mindset, you can do a few things.

The popular saying goes that there are two types of people in the world: those who believe they can and those who believe they can’t. This dichotomy is often referred to as a growth mindset and a fixed mindset, respectively. And according to Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, our mindsets play a major role in our lives, particularly when it comes to success.

So why is a growth mindset so important for success? One reason is that it leads to increased effort and perseverance. When we believe that our abilities can be improved through hard work.

You have already seen in the case of Blackberry how a fixed mindset costs them the business. So, If you want to succeed in life, consider embracing a growth mindset in everything you do. Here are some tips:

1. Understand the difference between a growth and a fixed mindset

It’s easy to have a fixed mindset, which is when you believe that your abilities are set in stone. You might think “I’m not good at this” or “I’ll never be able to change.” But with a growth mindset, you know that nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. You can always find ways to improve, learn new things and become the best version of yourself.

2. Be positive

Become aware of your own thoughts and beliefs about your abilities. If you have any fixed mindset beliefs, try to reframe them in a more positive light. For example, instead of telling yourself, “I’m not good at presentation,” tell yourself “I’m working on improving my public speaking skills.”


If you want to develop a growth mindset, start by paying attention to your automatic thoughts and reactions. Words have power, so use positive words because they can affect your performance and mental state. When you catch yourself thinking something like “I can’t do this,” try to reframe it as “I can’t do this yet.” This simple change in perspective can make all the difference in your willingness to keep trying. Remember that you always have a choice.


Additionally, you can consider getting a gratitude journal to record all the positive things that have happened to you throughout the day. The journal will help you focus on what you have achieved so far instead of your failures.



Instead “I can’t” say “I can”.

Instead “Fail” say “Learn”.

Instead “I will never be able…”, say “not yet”

3. Set the growth environment

Surround yourself with people who have a growth mindset. These people will serve as role models and support you as you work to change your beliefs about your abilities.

Regularly review your progress and document regular feedback that is specific, objective, and actionable. Create opportunities to learn from failure and believe in your ability to overcome obstacles.

4. Be willing to put in the hard work to improve your skills.

People with a growth mindset believe that their skills and abilities can be improved with hard work. They’re not born with a fixed amount of talent or intelligence, so they don’t give up easily.


This is the kind of mindset that leads to success in any area of life, whether it’s academics, sports, or your relationships. If you have a growth mindset, you’re more likely to persevere when things get tough and take advantage of learning and improving opportunities.

5. Believe in yourself

Just like Usain Bolt, he believed he could break the world record and become the fastest man alive; you can also achieve your dreams once you believe in yourself. So, be persistent in pushing yourself, and don’t let anyone or anything put you down.

6. Embrace the challenge

Do you think Dr Carson would be where he is today– a renowned neurosurgeon, author and politician if he feared how people looked at him when he struggled to read? I think not! Nobody would even know his name.


Therefore, don’t be afraid; use it to fuel your drive to get where you want to go.


Look for opportunities to challenge yourself and stretch your capabilities. Set specific, realistic,  and challenging goals for yourself. By doing so, you’ll be better able to see that your ability level is not set in stone – it can always be improved upon.


Know that your brain is like a muscle—the more you use it, the stronger it gets.

7. Promote a culture of learning

A person with a fixed mindset will tell you to hide your weaknesses and mistakes and never let anyone, including yourself, see them. They will further ask you to present yourself as nothing less than perfect. But here is the thing: how will you learn and improve yourself if you constantly hide and do not accept your flaws?


People with a growth mindset see failure not as a sign of personal inadequacy but as a chance to learn and grow. When it comes to learning, don’t be afraid of making mistakes – they’re an essential part of the learning process. Embrace them, and use them as an opportunity to grow and improve.


Create an environment where it’s safe to make mistakes and learn from them. Encourage open communication, and provide opportunities for ongoing learning. This means that you believe that everyone has the ability to learn and grow. No one is born perfect, and everyone makes mistakes.

8. Encourage effort over outcome

Focus on the process, not the results. Encourage yourself to keep working hard and trying new things, even in the face of setbacks. What’s important is that you stay dedicated and you don’t give up when faced with a challenge. You keep trying, and you get better each time.


When someone faces a difficult task, tell them that they can do it. Please encourage them to keep trying, and praise them for their efforts. Let them know that you believe in their ability to grow and improve.

9. Learn to Embrace Change

We have already seen the case of Blackberry and Nokia, who were leaders in their industries at some point but failed because they couldn’t change with the times. Learn from them and embrace change.


Here is the thing: Change shouldn’t be that scary if it can elevate you. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a stand, but sometimes it’s better to fail than to have a missed opportunity pass you. The cost might be too high, like in the case of Nokia and Blackberry’s case.


So be flexible, and learn to adapt and move confidently through the changing process.

10. Celebrating other people's wins

Don’t be that person who sees everything as a competition. Healthy competition is good for growth but so is learning and celebrating other people’s wins.


Additionally, you can use the opportunity to grow yourself through collaboration. Collaborating with your peers can help you succeed in your career or grow your business because you will expose yourself to new markets you wouldn’t have access to, so feel free to coexist with your competition.

11. Celebrate your progress

Apart from embracing your weaknesses, also learn to celebrate your journey and any small success. Don’t be someone so obsessed with winning that you don’t take the time to enjoy the process that got you there. Let’s take an example: you want to lose weight; if you only focus on the scale dropping, you will be super depressed and anxious when you don’t see the points going down.


There are things to celebrate, like your body is down a few inches, you have built endurance, and you can now run faster or walk more kilometres than you did when you started. You wouldn’t be able to measure this progress on the scale because your focus is on seeing the scale dropping. This example applies to different areas of life. Sometimes you don’t see the results immediately, but the process has changed you, so take the time to celebrate the small victories. Success is sweeter when you acknowledge the process that got you there.

12. Stop needing validation from people

It may feel good when you hear other people congratulating you, but this shouldn’t be your measure of success. It can be very dangerous, especially when you measure your success based on the number of praises you get. You will be heartbroken if no one praises you for your hard work.


It is even worse when you believe in the praises so much that you stop improving yourself altogether. Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest NBA player, once said in his interview that no matter how successful or how many praises he gets, he still works the hardest. Because he knows success is not about validation but being happy and content with what you can do.


Having a growth mindset is essential if you want to develop and grow as an individual. It can be challenging to make changes in your thinking, but with focus and dedication, it is possible. By following the steps outlined above, you can start developing a growth mindset that will lead to greater success in life and help you reach your goals. With perseverance and determination, anything is achievable – so why not get started today?

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