Do you have emotional overreactions when life doesn’t go as planned? Is your self-talk defeating more often than not? You might have stumbled upon something called the fixed mindset. This particular way of thinking leads us to the false belief that we can’t change ourselves or our circumstances. A fixed mindset might be comprised of the following thoughts:
- I can’t hold down a job.
- I’ll never have enough confidence to speak in public.
- My life will never look the way that I want.
Allowing our minds to have the flexibility needed for a growth mindset will free us from self-placed restrictions. This will ultimately make us happier and more satisfied. The thoughts of a growth mindset might look like these:
- I am capable of great things.
- I will become more confident with practice.
- I am creating the life of my dreams.
Remember: Impossible is just an opinion. Your brain is capable of change!
“If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.”
This sentiment is true especially when it comes to how we speak to ourselves.
How do I switch from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset?
- Let go of the things you can’t control (stop overthinking)!
- Jot down the positives of each day, no matter how small they may seem
- Create a vision board
- Make a habit out of writing down positive affirmations
- Create a gratitude list
Here is my personal gratitude list:
I Am Grateful
- For a family who loves me
- For wisdom beyond my years
- For the Dick Van Dyke Show
- For Arizona 24/7 sunshine
- For Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, & Roger Moore
- For my adventurous spirit
- For my creativity
- For my beautiful mind
- For afternoon drives
- For vintage Fall playlists
- That I have a great future ahead of me