Growth Mindset Vs. A Fixed Mindset

  • It’s really easy to talk about a growth mindset, but let’s take a closer look to better understand the difference. The good news is that one can shift their mindset simply with the awareness that they can shift, and thinking it through. Both people with a fixed and a growth mindset are concerned with performing well and excelling.

People in a fixed mindset believe you either are or aren’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. “She’s a natural born athlete.” Or, “I’m just no good at sports.”

In a fixed mindset, you stick with what you know to keep up your confidence.

In a fixed mindset, you want to hide your flaws so you’re not judged or labeled a failure.

In a fixed mindset, you look inside yourself to find your true passion and purpose, as if this is a hidden inherent thing.

In a fixed mindset, failures define you.

In a fixed mindset, you believe if you’re romantically compatible with someone, you should share all of each other’s views, and everything should just come naturally.

In a fixed mindset, it’s all about the outcome. If you fail, you think all effort was wasted.

The fixed mindset believes trouble is devastating. If you believe, “You’re either naturally great or will never be great,” then when you have any trouble, your mind thinks, “See? You’ll never be great at this. Give up now.”

This sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly deep. The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful, so it’s worth understanding and considering how it’s affecting you.

People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions.

In a growth mindset, you believe “Anyone can be good at anything. Skill comes only from practice."

The growth mindset believes trouble is just important feedback in the learning process. “This was hard, but I’ll learn more, keep practicing and see if I get better at this.”

In a growth mindset, your flaws are just a TO-DO list of things to improve.

In a growth mindset, you keep up your confidence by always pushing into the unfamiliar, to make sure you’re always learning.

In a growth mindset, you commit to mastering valuable skills regardless of mood, knowing passion and purpose come from doing great work, which comes from expertise and experience.

In a growth mindset, failures are temporary setbacks.

In a growth mindset, you believe a lasting relationship comes from effort and working through inevitable differences.

In a growth mindset, it’s all about the process, so the outcome hardly matters.