Why Cultivating a Positive Mindset is Critical To Reaching Your Goals
The basic definition of the term "Mindset" is defined as an established set of attitudes held by an individual. According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, your beliefs play a pivotal role in what you want and whether you achieve it."
With that being said, your mindset must be on the same page as our aspirations in order to achieve your goals or else you would be holding yourself back. Research suggests that 92% of people say that the goals and resolutions they set for themselves each year never get achieved.
Dweck breaks down our mindset into two categories:
- In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
- In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.
Below is a list of things you can implement today to change your mindset:
- Upgrade your Mindset
- Learn Lessons From Your Mistakes
- Seek Positive Friends and Network
- Define Your Purpose and Visualize Your Goals
- Create New Habits to Support your Mindset Change
Upgrade Your Mindset
A lot of the time, the biggest enemy you will face is your own self-doubt and we know the famous cliche, "if you don’t believe in yourself you really can’t expect anybody else to." The conversations you have with yourself are a direct reflection of your mindset. That needs to change if these conversations involve you downing or doubting yourself. You will need to upgrade your mindset and discontinue these thoughts in order to really achieve your dreams.
Learn Lessons From Your Mistakes
Trust us, anyone who has achieved a high amount of success can go down a long list of failures before they reached that profitable, sustaining idea. Building a business from the bottom up is going to be a learning process and you will make mistakes, the key is to gain something from each setback. Don't beat yourself up if you have experienced failure, rather analyze it, learn from it and move on. This is what will determine whether you are truly successful or not because it's not your wins, it is how you handle your losses and refrain from doing it again.
Seek positive friends and Networks
A positive, supportive social circle will influence personal growth, support your dreams and keep you accountable for reaching your goals. People with growth mindsets don't believe that failure is a reflection of their abilities
Finding people that reflect values you have or want to adopt is key to changing your mindset or keeping your already positive mindset is key to both personal development and your brand. You can do this by joining groups online or going to networking and social events focused on personal growth. Once you find your “tribe,” it’ll become easier to connect with more positive people because of your new influences. As your own mind starts to change and you find your tribe (i.e. Savvy Instapreneurs)
Now we aren't suggesting you ditch friends that need your support or may be going through a hard time, but rather you evaluate whether some of your current relationships are persistently draining and unhealthy.
Define Your Purpose and Visualize Your Goals
As we discussed earlier, your actions follow your thoughts, therefore visualizing your goals is very powerful. What is it you hope to achieve? Where do you want your career to go? Once you answer these questions, it will be easier to move forward with what type of mindset you need to have to achieve it. The best technique for keeping your vision and purpose prevalent is by creating a visual representation of your goals. Inc.com reports that you are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. This can include creating a business plan, a road map of steps and developments and one of our favorite techniques, creating a vision board. You can do one of these things or all of them.
Create New Habits To Support Your New Mindset
To ultimately succeed at changing your mindset, you will have to develop new habits that support your goals. To do this, you must integrate powerful habits that reinforce your thinking with action.
The Startup gives a few tips to achieve this,
If you are upgrading from “fixed” to “growth” mindset, schedule time for learning and start noting down your learning and achievements every day.
If you are upgrading from “destination” to “journey” mindset, practice being mindful, enjoying the present moment and celebrating small successes.
Let us know in the comments what you think or what tips you have to add!