Do you feel as if you’ve hit a wall in your personal growth? Are you wondering whether you need any more self improvement advice? Or maybe you think you’ve accomplished everything you’re meant to achieve?
The answer to these questions should be no, so if you answered yes; then it’s time to change your mindset because the most important part of personal development is recognizing that you always have the potential to grow.
Change Your Mindset To A Growth Mindset
If you don’t believe you constantly have room in your life to grow and develop, then you are the victim of a fixed mindset.
People with a fixed mindset aren’t focused on self-improvement, and therefore, unsurprisingly, they don’t tend to succeed as often as those with a growth mindset do.
A Growth Mindset Can Be Taught
In education, a growth mindset is recognized as essential for student success. The Big Life Journal offers tips, and printables to parents for fostering growth mindset in their children.
Research has shown that students can be successfully taught to develop a growth mindset, which can increase student engagement and performance.
Students with a growth mindset tend to put in more effort, be more persistent, and in turn, have better grades and achievement test scores.
According to a number of studies on student achievement, training in how to maintain a positive and growth mindset raised the average grades of 14 – 15 year-olds in one school; just based on telling someone that having a growth mindset helps!
In contrast, students with a fixed mindset can believe they lack the fundamental ability to succeed and quickly give up when faced with failure.
The same rules apply in all areas of your life. For example, if you are looking for a job, changing your mindset could help you land a job.
Change Your Mindset To Create A Habit of Continual Growth
To achieve and maintain a growth mindset it’s important to recognize that you don’t know everything and that you always have room to improve.
Even if you believe you’ve mastered one subject, there are ways to expand on your knowledge.
The world is always changing so there are always new things to learn no matter what your area of expertise may be.
For example, if you finished a course and learned a new language, maybe it’s time to take a trip to the country where they speak that language to try out your new skills!
While mastering an activity may seem like a good end of growth goal, its actually better to set a goal to constantly continue to learn about something.
This is because when we believe that we have no more room to grow, we often become complacent and we lose the happy feelings associated with continual achievement.
Continuing to grow provides us with a healthy dose of self-confidence as we persistently learn new things.
Not only that, but scientists say that the brain is continuously changing and developing across the entire life span.
So it’s important that you regularly exercise your brain to keep your memory sharp.
Constantly setting new or progressive goals keeps us on our toes and takes us out of our comfort zone.
It makes us more self-aware which will help us recognize any additional areas in our lives which could use some additional improvement.
Thinking that you’ve learned everything will only lead to feelings of emptiness and boredom, so don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t still have room to grow!
Keeping a growth mindset has benefits for anyone at any time of life.
Tonie Scott Ritchie from Devon in England published her first novel at the age of 97; a great example that age is no barrier to achievement,
Her novel “Spur of Light” may draw on her life experience as the much-travelled wife of a Navy surgeon, but her own creative brain provided the story!
Change Your Mindset For Success
If you’ve decided that you want to reap the rewards of a growth mindset, then you’re already halfway there!
The next thing you need to do is look at your life and find areas which you may need to improve. You don’t just have to think of it as improvement, rather think of it as something you may want to revisit or refresh.
For example, if you learned a language to fluency in high school, maybe it’s time you revisit your knowledge and try reading a book or watching a film in that language.
You’ll be surprised by what you can learn!
Besides just deciding what you want to improve upon and how, also make sure you write your goals down.
If you write down progressive goals without a clear end in mind (for example “practice my Spanish every day”) make sure you provide frequent updates for yourself.
Also add timebound milestones such as “practice my Spanish every day for one year”. Then after the one year, up it to two years, and so on.
This will help keep you driven and on track even when your goals may seem endless.
As you constantly place yourself in a mindset ready for personal growth, you’ll be surprised by what you discover and astounded by what you achieve. And pretty soon you’ll find yourself on the road to leading a more successful and fulfilling life.