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Are You The Victim of a “Fixed” Mindset? 

 January 17, 2020

By  Jim Daniels

Today I want to talk about a fixed mindset vs. a growth mindset.

When it comes to earning online, or doing ANYTHING to move your life in a positive direction, your mindset is more important than you may realize.

I’ve been a victim of fixed mindset many times through the years, without realizing it. In fact, I need to constantly remind myself to move away from that mindset. When I make a conscious effort to do that, things always improve in my life — my relationships, my income and my outlook.

The importance and role of your mindset, which is a combination of your values, beliefs, and attitude, has been examined by many people over the years.

In 2006, a researched named Carol Dweck published a groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, which explained how your outlook plays a significant role in your success and happiness. She determined through her research that we all have a mindset that lies somewhere between two attitudes on the learning continuum.

What is a Growth Mindset?

As Dweck defined it, the growth mindset is one that believes that the talents and strengths you have can be developed continually throughout your lifetime. Learning happens as a result of practice, explicit effort, vicarious learning, and hard work. When Dweck proposed this mindset, it was in contrast with long-held notions that talents and traits, including intelligence, were innate and remained mostly fixed from birth.

A growth-oriented outlook helps you identify your personal strengths as well as identify room for growth and the ways you need to improve yourself in order to achieve your goals.

After 30 years in the learning community, growth mindset has become firmly embraced by not only schools but also companies, organizations, life coaches, and those focused on personal fulfillment.

Having a growth mindset empowers you to take control of your own life, realize your dreams, and improve yourself in ways that are personally meaningful to you.

The Difference Between Fixed and Growth Attitudes

This positive, growth-oriented attitude is contrasted with a more fixed view of learning. The fixed mindset believes that you are born with all the talents, gifts, traits, and capabilities you will ever have, which means that attempting to grow and change is fruitless.

Those with a fixed way of thinking about themselves and the world often find that they must prove themselves to others or compete because they value only showing their capabilities, not improving them. When you do not believe you can grow your character, intelligence, or talents, you tend to focus on ways to demonstrate what you already know.

There are many ways to see the differences between these ways of looking at yourself and the world. Here are some examples of how the two mindsets approach life or consider problems.

• The growth mindset finds lessons and inspiration in the successes of other people, while the fixed mindset feels threatened by others’ success.

• The growth mindset learns from criticism while the fixed mindset ignores this feedback because they do not believe they have anything to learn from it.

• The growth mindset desires to learn while the fixed mindset just wants to look smart to others.

• The growth mindset is able to see the bigger picture when seeking solutions to problems while the fixed mindset blames others, feels sorry for themselves, or only focuses on the negative in a situation.

• The growth mindset persists in the face of setbacks while the fixed mindset gives up easily.

• The growth mindset takes responsibility for their own learning while the fixed mindset ignores opportunities and seeks out distractions.

Make no mistake….

Your way of thinking about yourself and learning can influence everything from the goals you set to the people you spend time with, to your overall happiness and success in life.

Learning to adopt a more growth-oriented way of thinking can help you embrace the power of learning and achieve your dreams in life.

What can you take from that list above to change your way of thinking, from fixed to growth mindset…

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About Jim


I gave up a life of jobs in 1996. Since then I've been earning a living online. I write books, create software, license info-products, affiliate marketing, build membership sites, design websites and more. I prefer this over my old lifestyle of getting up early, commuting to work, coming home to have a few hours for my family and living for the weekends. Now every day is a weekend. I work when I want and answer to no boss.

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