Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Ever wondered why some people succeed and others do not?

Why some people let failure or success define who they are and others see challenges as an opportunity to grow and improve?

Let’s face it, all of us at some stage will have dips in motivation and cannot be 100% active and engaged all of the time. However, what makes the difference is your mindset. You can control how you respond to a situation and how you look at a problem impacts on the result.

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

In 2006 Carol Dweck Professor from Stanford University wrote Mindset: The New Psychology of Success which describes a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset.

On one side you have the fixed mindset which is based on the assumption that Intelligence is static you are either smart or you are not. People with this approach to life tend to avoid challenges, give up easily, ignore useful and constructive feedback and may feel threatened by the success of others.

In opposition to this view is the growth mindset which is based on the premise that effort is the path to success. Intelligence can be developed through embracing challenge, persisting when you really want to throw in the towel and viewing failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Instead of resenting the success of others, people with a growth mindset strive to learn and surround themselves with successful people.

If your reading this post chances are you are a student of PicksGroup – or thinking of becoming one – and already know the value of education, personal development and lifelong learning.
Over the past few years in leadership circles a new competency has been emerging called ‘Learning Agility’. Many employers are actively seeking employees who can demonstrate how quickly they can acquire and learn new skills in a work environment where change is becoming the new norm.

Your Learning Agility

To develop your own learning agility consider adopting some of these tips to put you at the head of the pack.

  • See change as opportunity be willing to learn from others in your organisations and put your hand up for assignments where others may fear the change.
  • Be prepared to abandon old ways of thinking – to be agile you need to challenge the status quo and this includes your own long held views.
  • Let ambiguity be your friend – you will never have all of the answers all of the time. Sometimes you need to trust in your ability to persevere and get there in the end.
  • If you’re currently studying with PicksGroup, apply what you are learning in real time and create opportunities where you can demonstrate to your employer how your studies are adding value.
  • Never stop learning, this includes formal qualifications but also from others. Bring your growth mindset to work every day and most importantly learn from your setbacks.

So next time you are about to give up on something – ask yourself is my mindset fixed or one of growth?

If you are considering further education with PicksGroup ask yourself – do I subscribe to the growth mindset? Do I want to increase my learning agility? When you are ready to make this investment in yourself, fill in the form below to explore further with one of our helpful Course Advisers who will set you on the path to growth.

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