Bring Your Mindset to the Game

Our minds are everything in the game of becoming what we want to be and also at the same time inhibitors of what is possible. Subtle changes in our mindset can be all we need for the breakthrough in everything you want for yourself. Can you stick around long enough to make it?

I believe leaders are made, not born. That anyone can be a leader in some capacity or another if they truly want to be. Our mindset shapes our beliefs into accomplishing something. Or not accomplishing something. Our very way of thinking shapes whether we believe we can learn and change. Wether we can grow or not.

In fixed thinking individual’s abilities are locked in. With a fixed mindset the belief is a person is either intelligent and talented. Or, they’re not. It can’t be improved, it’s gifted. Fixed mindset companies as an example scour for talent and the “naturals” for what they need in their organizations. These hires are then pegged into roles that the organization sees them never growing out of. The are hierarchal in structure. The resist cross functional structures.

In a growth mindset sky is the limit. Infinite potential can be tapped into because there is no block to the paths one can take to solve a organizational problem. There is personal satisfaction from pushing ones own limits to find there is more potential then one realizes. There is no sandbox, but rather a playground to explore. People hired with growth mindsets learn from the best performers and make something completely different that surprises and delights when it solves some of the most complex organizational issues. Not only that, the people around them find courage to do the same and begin to welcome problems themselves from the organization because they want to solve them as a challenge together. They thrive on being cross functional as an organization.

I believe a fixed mindset is looking for approval most of the time from those around them in the work they do. Someone in a growth mindset doesn’t. The only person they are seeking approval from is themselves.

In a fixed mindset all it takes is one failure to dramatically stall you. You’ll se failure as disastrous because all your eggs are in one basket. You’ll find everyone else and everything is to blame for your failure. With growth mindset focus you work on perfection and learn from failure versus letting it hold you back. You’ll find yourself looking for ways to improve over placing blame. You own it. The ugly parts and the polished ones.

As stated above, fixed means you will rarely move outside of your comfort zone. Which means you’re probably going to resist difficulties as they come up. Unconsciously even, you may completely avoid any challenges. You’ll see it as to risky. As you think how gifted you are and how rare your talent is, you’ll start too convince yourself not to try so hard. You won’t be able to rewrite fate. You’ll be trapped by it.

As a child you were endowed with a growth mindset. You couldn’t wait to get into the drawers or cabinets in the house. You couldn’t wait to move from crawling to walking so you could explore everything the house had available for you. What happened to that growth mindset? Our role models we choose. The company and community we move into as we grow older can be the release for a growth mindset or the trap for a fixed. I believe in all in, no one left out. There so much to learn from humanities diverse spirits. There’s empowerment in ideas to be had in a inclusive environment where ideas can come or grow. And, yes go. Our mindset is not predetermined in fact, it’s always been at it’s best in a habit of trying to grow.

Like a muscle the brain can be trained to absorb, learn, and change to a growth mindset if we do find ourselves trapped in a fixed mindset. You can move from fixed to growth. The fastest way I’ve seen others change from fixed to growth is by opening up to others. Talking about your faults with others so they help you be the architect of the change you want to see in yourself.

It’s simple. You obstruct the opportunity to become the best version of yourself by being in a fixed mindset. Moving into a growth, gradually and over time, can help you realize your potential to its fullest. Your attitude changes. Problem solving becomes easier. You’re part of a bigger solution in you get to show humanity what’s possible!

✌🏻 Shawn

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