In general, mindsets reflect how we see things, and they impact both our beliefs and our behaviors. Interestingly, our behaviors impact our mindsets, too, so by practicing specific actions we can help shift our mindsets to be more agile in the face of change.
There are 2 types of mindsets:
A growth mindset – you have a belief that developing your skills is possible. It allows us to see gaps in our knowledge as opportunities to learn something new. And when we have a growth mindset, we are therefore more prepared to experience the change moment as a challenge, rather than a threat.
A fixed mindset – you believe that you and other people cannot easily change or grow capacities. You may also believe that people are innately gifted in some ways but not in other ways. The consequences of fixed mindset thinking can make it more likely for you to experience change as a threat. In part because rather than try to adapt to or embrace change, you may shut down or become avoidant. This type of response can make change moments even harder to manage or overcome.
How to develop a growth mindset:
- Try re-framing your thinking to view change as a challenge, not a threat
- Celebrate moments of progress during the change — including baby steps
- Give yourself permission to start experimenting along the way
- Learn from peers who seem to model the growth mindset well
- Look for ways to lead by example, even if you aren’t always confident
Above is from Neuroleadership, you can read the full article here.