Everyone falls victim to the daily routines that our lives take on--this is a normal and natural way to find your rhythm as a successful adult. Routines can be productive, gratifying, and calming, but in the business world, can leave us stuck in a rut. #womenleadership #womenentrepreneurs
If you have areas in your business model or career that could use improvement but choose to stick to the comfort of the routine you've created, no real change or growth will occur. This means that your business or career remains the same, but also may not be open to the massive potential that straying from this routine could produce. Being open to developing your talent and skills, while cultivating and utilizing new ideas around you, is known as having a growth mindset. Changing your mindset, especially when it comes to your career, is not an easy thing to do. However, when you have the genuine belief that you can know better, do better, and be better, a growth mindset will give you the outlook to make that happen.
Fixed vs. Growth Mindset
Individuals with fixed mindsets believe that they have been born with a certain level of intelligence, and that has been solidified by their education and experiences. People with fixed mindsets are not open to new suggestions or ways of doing things because they've already learned the "right way" and can't fathom changing that procedure. This is not to say that this is without value-- if something is working well, why change it? This idea is not an absolute truth. If this were the case, we would still be using a Discman to listen to our CD's!
A growth mindset believes that we can continue to grow our intelligence through our education and experiences and that this is a lifelong process. This does not mean that you throw traditions or routines away, but that you are open to learning or experimenting with new ideas and career paths that can boost your current career or position.
How a Growth Mindset Leads to Positive Changes
Learning a new mantra is a good start, but it does not actually change your mindset. You will have to make a conscious decision that a growth mindset can lead to positive changes, and then take steps to make that happen. Here are some starting points:
It allows you to look at both your strengths and your weaknesses to create actionable goals. A fixed mindset looks at your weaknesses as areas where you just didn't "get it" and moves on. A growth mindset looks at those weaknesses head-on and says, "What can I do to strengthen this?"
A growth mindset makes you focus on learning and growing, and not as much on other people's approval. Your staff and colleagues might have no idea why you are brushing up on your Greek philosophy, but if you want to work on sound reasoning and logic, you know why you picked up Plato.
Having a growth mindset gives you permission to break out of your routine and try something new-- even if it means you fail. When trying to implement changes, you may not succeed at first, but know that you're in good company. Michael Jordan was cut from his JV basketball team, Thomas Edison created over 10,000 prototypes of the light bulb before he succeeded, and Shonda Rhimes has had almost a dozen TV shows canceled before writing and producing her Emmy-nominated hits. With great risk, can also come great rewards. Don't be afraid of failure, become friends with resiliency.
About the Author: Michele Thompson Rosario, CEO of Bright Effects, helping entrepreneurs get clients, get traffic, and get results.