difference between fixed and growth mindset
There is a difference between a fixed and growth mindset. The first step to getting unstuck is to find out what state of thinking your mind is in.
You may have asked yourself why you feel stuck, and this may be a sign that you might battle with a mindset issue.
You aren’t alone in your self- questioning. There are hundreds of professional, accomplished, Godly women just like you who ask themselves this same question every day.
If that’s the case, and it is, you may wonder how you can get past feeling stuck and move into a place you are fully thriving as the woman God called you to be.
Getting unstuck is possible.
Fixed and Growth Mindset
What exactly is the difference between a fixed and growth mindset?
Simply put, a fixed mindset will try to get you to believe you are as far as you’ll ever go, and nothing greater is ever possible.
While a growth mindset is your internal cheerleader telling you that anything is possible if you work hard enough.
fixed vs growth mindset
The fixed mindset will say: This project is totally out of my reach. A growth mindset will say: I can do anything because God did not give me a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.
A growth mindset will say: This is challenging, but I can do everything through Him who strengthens me. A Fixed mindset will say: This is hard work and I don’t have the ability.
With a fixed mindset, you will say: I am afraid and I am not capable and will fail. While a growth mindset will say: The Lord gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, he increases strength; I don’t have to be afraid because God will give me strength.
A growth mindset will say: I can learn new things and develop new talents because I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. A fixed mindset will say: I am not talented, some have it and some don’t.
The secret to getting unstuck and asking yourself why you can’t seem to move past a specific place in your life, take an inventory of these four examples. Answer whether you identify with the fixed mindset or growth mindset.
You can be honest with yourself. In fact, being honest with where your mind is landing in a mindset is key to digging yourself out of the stuck place you have found yourself.
How to Develop a Growth Mindset
Your mind is a battlefield!
It’s the place where you fight the hardest battles.
It’s also the place where you will feel defeated, or you rise in victory.
The battle in your mind isn’t fought with swords and guns.
No, it’s fought with tools much more powerful and it is all designed by the very hand of God and given to you for the battle.
If you identify with a fixed mindset but desperately desire to move toward a growth mindset, it’s absolutely possible.
The key to developing a growth mindset is learning to kick the fixed mindset thoughts that are keeping you stuck to the curb and exchange them for thoughts that are developmentally and creatively oriented.
Take Inventory of Your Thoughts
The first step in this process is to acknowledge what type of mindset you currently have.
What are the thoughts you are thinking when you think about a challenging project?
What thoughts come to your mind when you think about your ability?
What direction do your thoughts take when you think about success and failure?
What thoughts fill your mind when you think about yourself compared to others within the same context?
Of all the thoughts that flow through your mind daily, only a tiny fraction is within your conscious thought patterns. The rest fall into your subconscious thought pattern and those are usually what guide your conscious thoughts toward either “I can” or “I cannot.”
Once you realize your thoughts, you can redirect those thoughts and your responses to those thoughts.
Knowing the difference between a fixed and growth mindset will help you catch yourself before you get on the drama train!
Take Inventory of Your Feelings
Your brain is wired to avoid discomfort and uncertainty. It’s a subconscious way that our mind thinks it’s protecting us. However, if you allow discomfort and uncertainty to keep you trapped in a corner, it’s time to break free.
When uncertainty arises in your life, your brain responds with fight or flight and releases hormones and neurotransmitters into your bloodstream. The result is what you may recognize as the feeling of anxiety or stress.
When you begin to take an inventory of the feelings, you have the upper hand against those feelings. Simply remind yourself that your brain and body are doing their job. Make your decision within that moment about God’s ability to help you and not the uncertainty you are feeling in the moment.
A fixed mindset keeps you stuck. It hinders you from flourishing into the woman God designed you to be, and deflects the power God has to help you.
A growth mindset helps you apprehend the life God has said you can have and strengthens your trust in Him to help you.