Growth Mindset Strategies to Help You Succeed in Life

If you've not yet managed to read, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Dr. Carol Dweck, I'd highly recommend getting your hands on a copy as soon as you can.

Throughout it's pages, Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist, defines two types of mindset; a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

By her definition, if you have a fixed mindset, you'll believe your abilities are fixed, innate and unchangeable. In contrast, with a growth mindset, you'll believe you're able to improve your abilities with hard work and effort.

Whether in a personal or professional capacity, with these two definitions, it'd be fair to say we'd all benefit from developing a growth mindset if we want to have any chance of succeeding and achieving our goals.

If unsure about whether you lean towards the fixed or growth end of mindset, consider for a moment if you're someone who embraces mistakes as part of your learning, or someone who avoids them at all costs.


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Developing Mental Toughness to Help You Succeed

Though success may typically be attributed to intellect, strategy, talent or even genetics, there's one aspect of high achievement which can easily be overlooked; mental toughness.

What is mental toughness?

Mental toughness is a mindset or personality trait which helps to enable consistent performance under stress. Put differently, it's how well you manage your behaviour when faced with varying degrees of pressure. As such, mental toughness is considered a valuable asset, which when applied, can lead to you excelling in your personal and professional life.

Indeed, we all face struggles, with some being more difficult to manage than others. However, what mental toughness does is allow you to persevere when the odds are against you. Becoming mentally tough is learning how to resist and manage the doubts, setbacks and worries which would ordinarily prevent you from achieving your desired outcomes.

Also, it's important to note where mental toughness differs to resilience, as over time...

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3 Helpful Steps to Move on Despite Your Fears

Fear can be crippling. It has the potential to stunt growth, limit progress, and derail dreams and ambitions. It’s also real and more common than many care to admit.

Not only is it real, it looks different and shows up in our lives in different ways. For some it hides behind perfectionism, for others, it becomes more evident in their procrastination.

In some cases, fear can have physical effects; tightness in the chest, fatigue or ongoing illness. In other instances it can lead to unhealthy or destructive behaviours, like alcoholism or overworking.

Whatever your relationship with fear, or however it shows up for you, here are three helpful strategies you can use to move on from it.

1. Be clear on what you’re afraid of

The first step in addressing the impact of your fears, is to work out what you’re actually afraid of. You could simply start by asking yourself: “What am I afraid of?”.

Having identified what you’re afraid...

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