What is a Mindset?
What is your mindset and what are the steps for how to change your mindset?
A mindset is a set of attitudes or beliefs that shape how we view ourselves and the world. Your mindset will affect how you think, see, feel, and act in every situation.
It influences how you perceive things and how you respond to things. Your mindset plays a part in determining if you will reach your goals, how successful you will be, and your overall enjoyment of life.
The two basic types of mindsets are a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset means that you believe that your abilities are pre-determined and cannot be changed.
You believe that effort plays no part in determining your level of success but is determined only by your gifts and strengths. A growth mindset on the other hand is believing that putting in work over a period of time can develop your abilities.
Here are some examples of a Fixed vs. Growth mindset:
|“I’m not good at math.”||“I’m not good at math, yet!”|
|“I stick to what I know.”||“I like to try new things.”|
|“If I don’t improve right away, I stop.”||“Improvement takes time so I will keep going.”|
You may be wondering how you developed your mindset. The truth is that most of it was developed at a young age due to the way those around you spoke to you and how you spoke to yourself.
Think about how your parents spoke to you, how about your teachers? Did they speak negative words to you, or were they encouraging? Were their praises towards your abilities or your effort? Did they speak to you through limitations or perseverance?
Here is a great book for learning more: Mindset: The New Psychology
Do I Need to Change My Mindset?
As I sit and reflect on my life I can say without a doubt that I dealt with a fixed mindset. I believed that I was only as good as my gifts, talents, and strengths. I actually did not even think very highly of myself. Although I desired more out of my life I never believed that I could have more and do more.
It was through my relationship with God that I realized He desired more for my life (Ephesians 3:20). When I started seeing myself the way that God sees me I was able to start changing my mindset.
I stopped putting limitations on myself because I knew that all things were possible through Christ (Mark 10:27). When my mindset changed my life started to change for the better.
When you stop and reflect on your life, are you happy with where you are at? How successful do you feel? Are you at a job that fulfills you? Do you desire more but don’t believe that you can have it? Do you feel stuck or discouraged to move forward?
If you view any of these with a negative perception then you are probably dealing with a fixed mindset. You desire more out of life, but don’t believe that you can get there.
You feel like you have hit a glass ceiling in your life. If any of this feels true to you then keep reading for how to change your mindset from fixed to growth.
Strategies for How to Change Your Mindset
This is the part where you need to put in the work to change your mindset. This means being active and intentional throughout the process. You are not going to change your mindset overnight.
This is a marathon, not a sprint, since you will have to change a way of thinking that you have probably had since you were a child. The word of God tells us to renew our minds daily (Romans 12:2). As you are going through this process to change your mindset it is a daily renewal.
Step 1: Desire to Make a Change
The first step on how to change your mindset is to have a desire for change. You have to want to do this. If you do not have the desire you will not have the motivation to stay committed to the process.
Step 2: See the Value in Change
Next, you need to see the value in changing your mindset from fixed to growth. What is going to happen if you change your mindset? What are you going to get out of it? Having a purpose for change will help keep you motivated on your journey.
You may find it helpful to make a list of reasons to change. You can also make a list of all of the things that you desire and the goals that you are working towards. This can help you reflect if you are feeling stuck or unmotivated to move forward.
Step 3: Recognize the Fixed Mindset Voice
The next step on how to change your mindset is to acknowledge the fixed mindset and learn what it sounds like. When a situation arises what does your mind say about it? Is it a positive or negative thought? The more you acknowledge what that voice sounds like the easier it will be to hear it and change it.
Step 4: You Have a Choice
As you were walking through this journey keep in mind that you always have a choice. You do not have to be stuck unless you choose to be stuck. You have the choice to move forward towards the desires of your heart.
Step 5: Change Your Thoughts and Words
This might be the step that you have been waiting for. This is the step where you start changing the wording of your thoughts and words. One of the most powerful words to use is, “Yet”. This one word changes a negative to a positive.
It means that even though you have not reached mastery yet, you are working towards it. It reminds you that you can overcome anything you feel like you are struggling with. You are telling yourself that you are no longer shying away from challenges but that you are embracing them.
Step 6: Embrace Change
The final step of how to change your mindset is to embrace the change and embrace the journey. The more intentional you are about taking negative thoughts captive and replacing them with positive thinking the easier it will become.
Celebrate yourself throughout the journey and acknowledge every breakthrough. Remember that you are worth it!
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please leave a comment below.
Excellent information in this article that encourages me to reflect – thank you for starting my day with a positive attitude! Additionally, reinforces how impactful our actions have on children.
Thank you and you’re welcome! I agree, it definitely does impact our children.
Your fixed vs. growth mindset table is an instant mood lifter. Love it!
Thank you! I’m happy to hear that!
I love the fixed vs growth mindset table!! Also, your tips are super digestible and tangible. Thank you so much! I feel like shifting mindset can be so hard to do but once you put in the first step on your list, it definitely feels more doable.
Thank you! I’m such a visual learner so tables really help me to understand information. It can be challenging at times, but definitley possible!
Thank you Amanda for the reminder. I am a huge believer in growth mindset. It has been a powerful too to help me get unstuck.
You’re welcome! The first time I heard about it was subbing in a classroom and I was so fascinated by it and wanted to learn more.
I loved this post! I’ve been working more on developing a growth mindset, so these tips were super helpful. I found the questions helpful too, and will explore journaling answers to those. Such a good opportunity for self-reflection. Thank you for such a thought proving post!
Thank you! I’ve been really working on myself these last few years and wanted to share tips that worked for me to hopefully help others.