...they had higher levels of achievement at school. The converse also occurred.
People with a fixed mindset view intelligence as static, which impacts on how they approach their day-to-day life. They might avoid challenges, give up easily when things get in the way, won’t see the point of putting in the effort, ignore useful negative feedback, and feel threatened by the success of others. As a result, they achieve less than their full potential. You can see how this mindset would be disastrous for a small business owner!
People with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be developed. As a result, they are more likely to embrace challenges, persevere when things don’t go according to plan, recognise that effort leads to mastery at what they do, learn from criticism, and learn from and be inspired by the success of others. If you utilised this mindset in your business, imagine what you could achieve!
The good news is that we can change from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Our brain is malleable and when you understand that you are able to change your mindset, you can go about doing so. I’m not saying it will be easy, but by changing your beliefs about your ability to learn and develop, you’ll start to make that move from fixed to growth. Dweck’s research showed that when that transition occurs, it leads to an increase in motivation and achievement. And I think we could all do with some more of that!
Sarah Mortimer is an experienced clinical hypnotherapist and qualified hypnotherapy supervisor, based in Bristol. She specialises in anxiety, phobias and insomnia. She is Research and Supervision Officer for the Professional Hypnotherapy Network (PHN) and a member of the team involved in organising the annual UK Hypnosis Convention. She is also a classroom assistant on the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma at the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis.
For more information, visit her website at www.bristolhypnotherapy.co.uk
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