While trying to develop a growth mindset, it’s important to remember that Rome wasn’t built in one day—everything takes time and so you will be developing a mindset that allows for continuous improvement and growth. But with constant and continuous efforts on your part, nothing’s impossible.
Here’s what you need to know in order to develop a growth mindset:
Acknowledge you’re not perfect
The first and most important step to developing a growth mindset is coming to terms with the fact that you’re not perfect. And that’s perfectly fine. You are going to screw up sometimes—it’s inevitable. We’re humans and that’s what we do. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from those screw ups and mature from those experiences.
It’s always an opportunity, never a challenge
As humans, it’s an ingrained part of our nature to shy away from challenges, from anything and everything that remotely terrifies us. If you’re not sure whether it’ll result in a favorable outcome, you consider it a challenge. But the thing about these “challenges” is that you’ll never know unless you try. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You could fail. And you’ll learn something as a result of that failure. Win-win, no?
Value the process over the end result
It’s been said that it’s the climb that makes a man, getting to the top is just an extra reward. And I couldn’t agree more. The hardships, the struggles, and the blood, sweat and tears that you suffer through in order to reach a goal, these are the things that shape you into a better person. A more resilient person. The end result is just a reward.
“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop”
Emphasizing growth over speed is important to develop a growth mindset. The whole purpose to your journey of self-growth is to become better, to accomplish your goals. Who cares how fast you do that? As long as you reach the destination, the only thing that matters is how much you’ve learn on the journey there, how much you’re able to grow as a result of the experiences you’ve accumulated over the way.
Effort triumphs over talent
A lot of us are born with a natural knack or talent for doing this. It’s an inbred ability that some of us don’t have to work for. And while that’s great too, the true intelligence and measure of a man lie in the efforts he puts in to achieve his goals. Our talents are innate abilities that we have no control over, our efforts, on the other hand, we have full control over. They show that he doesn’t just rely on what he’s been blessed with or limits his horizons based on his talents. Rather, he puts in the work to achieve his targets. He has an active role in achieving his goals. No matter you’re good at sports or any other activity, it’s your talent. You can increase it thousands of times by regular practice and by keeping an eye on the final goals.
Setting unrealistic goals for yourself and then failing to achieve them will only succeed in creating negative emotions about yourself. You’ll feel let down and discouraged and this can impact your self-growth. It’s true that you need to set your aims high, but setting them based on an unrealistic standard is highly unhealthy. Because despite your best efforts, you’re only human. And as such, you need to cut yourself some slack.