The topic of mindset has come up repeatedly the last few days, and I take that as a sign that we all need to be reminded about it. There was a book called Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, and it was published in 2006. I read it when it first came out and I was completely energized by it. The core message of the book is that there are two types of mindsets a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset believes that one has predetermined abilities or aptitudes or talents.
And whatever you've achieved, that's what you can achieve. A growth mindset believes that traits are not fixed but can be cultivated and learned and changed. And many people ask, well, which one is accurate or true? And the answer is both are if you believe your potential is capped than it is if you believe your potential is limited only by your effort, then it is so mindsets, a self-fulfilling prophecy. If your emphasis is primarily on performance or results and you see all efforts as either successful or not successful, you probably have a fixed mindset.
If your emphasis is primarily on preparation and you see effort as learning and progress, then you probably have a growth mindset, fixed mindset. People can certainly be successful, but they tend to hit a ceiling above which they don't seem to float growth mindset. People tend to show up more in the population of people who experience serial success. The good news is your mindset can change. If you want to learn more about this concept, I highly recommend the book.
In the meantime, take a look at the way you're thinking about work, family life, even love. If you would embrace the idea that every step is a good step, even if it didn't land you where you want to land yet, then your life will become immeasurably better anyway. That's what I'm thinking about today. So now go grow your mindset.