Growth v Fixed Mindset: What is the Ideal?

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We are called CTG Mindset and our motto is “observe your mind, hear your mind, control your mind.” However, what is mindset and is there ideal? Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone” (Oxford Dictionary). The two types of mindset: growth and fixed. Below is a description of both and explaining which one is the ideal and why.

Growth Mindset

Someone with a growth mindset has these qualities:

  • Views intelligence, abilities, talents, etc as things that can be learned and improved through effort.
  • Don’t describe things as failures or successes but more as opportunities to learn.
  • Embrace lifelong learning.
  • Views others’ successes as a positive thing and a source of inspiration for themselves.
  • Believes feedback is a good thing and want it in order to learn and see where they can grow.
  • Willing to put in more effort to learn and looks for challenges in life in order to learn and improve more.

Fixed Mindset

Someone with a fixed mindset has these qualities:

  • Views intelligence, abilities, talents, etc as things that people are born with and cannot change over time or with effort.
  • Avoids challenges or anything they are not confident they will automatically succeed in
  • Avoids and ignores feedback due to not wanting to show or admit they have flaws.
  • Will give up easily.
  • Feels threatened by others’ success.

Growth as the Ideal

Growth mindset is the ideal for a variety of reasons. They tend to be more resilient with challenges and can bounce back easier from mistakes. Additionally, a growth mindset reduces the probability of getting burnout in school, sport, work, or life. People with growth mindsets are more willing to learn and try new things. Moreover, growth mindset means you are usually more humble and tend to be confident instead of arrogant. Finally, a growth mindset means you are motivated by intrinsic means (internal motivations: learn something new, improve on yourself, etc) instead of extrinisic means (external motivations: trophies, money, etc).

How can Mental Training Help?

Mental training can help to teach you a growth mindset and improve on your growth mindset by teaching you internal motivations, develop goals that are not only focused on success and failures, and so much more. Set up your first session for free using the link above!

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