In yesterday’s post, we looked at the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth one; today’s post we look at ways that we can increase your growth mindset:
- Work at improving your self-esteem. Although this may seem like a big one, it is a worthy goal and there are many ways to improve self-esteem; everything from taking an objective look at your qualities, to therapy, to self-help books or courses designed to create a more accurate self-image.
- Surround yourself with others who share a growth mindset. We are very much peer-oriented – find people who belive that success is achievable through effort and agency.
- Look to contribute. Let’s not underestimate what contributing to our community can do for supporting an open and inclusive attitude.
- Give failure it’s fair due. Let’s face it – we learn from our mistakes. Be grateful for them, learn from them and move forward out of them.
- Create action plans. Progress loves movement and action plans help us to work towards goals.
- Create an accomplishment jar. Put a jar in your kitchen in which everyone in the family can jot down their accomplishments. It can contain everything from a good test score, to helping the neighbour shovel their driveway, to learning from a mistake.
By increasing our growth mindset, we allow ourselves to be open to a continued sense of being able to create for ourselves a satisfying life.