Mindset Drives and Shapes All That We Do
One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Carol Dweck PhD, and author, found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.
A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.
A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.
This mindset is also more outward focused and less on the self. The primary goal is to assist others, learn and to continue to grow. This mindset approach avoids the desire to demonize, or dismiss others, or judge them and create a larger story than is really occurring. We have the desire to help others and if we avoid this desire, we will judge on a deeper level to justify our position. This self betrayal of our instincts to be kind and giving, causing this destructive cycle to affect the work and our relationships and our self image and confidence.
At Ezekiel Learning SOULutions we can help your staff develop the open flexible mindset and teach them methods and tips to know when they have fallen into the fixed closed mindset. This intention and approach can have a huge impact on your productivity and relationships at work.