I am no master of the practice of mindset but have just started reading up on it. I love being struck by reading something so simple that you can instantly relate to. When reading The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters – I was stuck in some strange parallel world where I was reading the book and reliving moments in my past of when I had acted like that. It really helped put things into perspective and understand ways in which to change my thought process in situations.
The practice of mindset in the simplest form is broken down into two different mindsets and each one of us fall into one of these categories. It is he/she who acts upon these minsets and responds to these minsets that achieve something greater.
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.
It is quite obvious to see what mindset is the better of the two. It would be great if we could all recognise our own personal mindset and develop ourselves to begin to grow as individuals. Why is it that when we are young we have to learn to live, but when we grow older most of us feel that there is no need to continually learn and develop.
Put this minset into sports and you can see that people who are happy to go through the motions and achieve the average don’t achieve a great deal. But the people that dedicate their time to a sport and look for those new methods of gain an edge will triumph.
What mindset are you? Think about how you act on it.