Do you ever wonder why some very smart people don’t live up to their potential? Maybe even you are included in this category. It may come down to mindset.
Mindset is “an established set of attitudes held by someone,” says the Oxford American Dictionary. It turns out, however, that a set of attitudes needn’t be so set, according to Carol Dweck, professor of psychology at Stanford.
Dweck proposes in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, (2006) that everyone has either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. According to Dweck, we have the power to shift our mindset from one that barely gets us by to one whereby we thrive.
When you adopt a growth mindset you reach ever higher levels of achievement. You’re not afraid of risks because they’re part of the learning and growing process.
This article explores fixed and growth-based mindsets, and offers techniques to help you identify, shift and open your mindset to unlock potential.
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.