5 ways you can develop a growth mindset
“Yes we can!” is the theme for our upcoming Fearless celebration. And it’s an attitude that sometimes seems easier said than done. So I want to explore ways you can develop a positive outlook for greater business – and personal – growth.
It all comes down to your thinking. Much has been written about the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset. Someone with a fixed mindset believes their talents and abilities are fixed. Someone with a growth mindset knows you can develop and improve those attributes through hard work and dedication.
It’s not hard to see which mindset can encourage greater business success.
You’re in charge of your mindset
One of the most exciting things about running your own business is: you get to choose… everything! So are you choosing what will lead to greater learning and stronger growth?
Here are a few things I’ve learned on my journey:
1. See possibilities, not problems
When things don’t go your way, do you see setbacks or opportunities? Your mind is an incredibly powerful tool and while there are many things in life – and business – you can’t control, you can control your response.
Step out of it and get some perspective. Instead of focusing on the negatives, find ways to reframe it positively. Can you learn something? Improve your processes? Change your offerings? When you embrace a “Yes I can!” attitude, it becomes easier to navigate out of an adverse situation and even turn it to your advantage.
2. Learn to trust
We learn so much when we run a business. One of the biggest lessons is to trust ourselves – and others. Don’t be afraid to follow your gut instinct, or take a more calculated risk. Never underestimate the leap of faith and getting out of your comfort zone. It’s a powerful way to grow. What could you do that makes you uncomfortable but you know will lead to growth?
3. Reframe failures as lessons
Mistakes are a given. So how can you change your attitude to them? Instead of letting them get you down, look for the lessons. There’s always a lesson!
4. Develop resilience
Resilience and flexibility are crucial to a growth mindset. How quickly can you bounce back when things go off course? Knowing your purpose, and having a solid strategy, are two ways. Believing in yourself and surrounding yourself with supportive people on a similar journey also help.
5. Allow time to reflect and re-strategise
Making time to reflect allows you to find things to be grateful for. Appreciate your triumphs – it creates a positive emotion that encourages you to keep striving for your goals. Reflection also opens up your creativity, to plan how you might do things even better.
I hope these tips help you to adopt a more “Yes I can!” mindset in your business.