“If you look at what you have in your life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”- Oprah Winfrey
A person’s mindset, how they think and process the world and various situations, is what compels them to take certain actions or leads them to inaction. The mindset influences how a person sees themselves and those around them, how they see the world entirely and all of the events throughout history. The various types of mindsets can mean different things to each individual, regarding how and why they think the way they do. There are no true “positives” or “negatives” to a mindset, as they are shaped by experiences. Each mindset has “benefits” and “drawbacks” of sorts in various situations.
What kind of mindset do you have?
The number of mindsets that exist is dependent on how much you generalize “mindset.” Determining your type of mindset is key to understanding how you operate in every single area of your life. The two main types of mindsets are Fixed mindsets and Growth mindsets. Each has benefits and downsides.
If you have a fixed mindset, you tend to believe your skills or qualities are set and cannot be changed. You have a set belief about many things including your intelligence level, and your personality or character. These people tend to limit themselves and focus on proving themselves to others.
Some of the sub-mindsets of a fixed mindset include:
Blaming others for things that are wrong
Having lazy habits
Relying on addictions
Being insatiable, and always want more
Being self-absorbed, with little thought of others
Limited initiative to achieve
Being obsessed with what others are do or say
Coming across in a negative way
If you have a growth mindset, then you are apt to believe you have a basic set of qualities that can be cultivated and developed through your efforts, strategies and help from others.
Some of the sub-mindsets of a growth mindset include:
Willingness to help others
Thinking big and knowing what you want
Feeling gratitude for what you have
Being eager to learn
Dedication to achieving and growing
Being able to change and develop skills
Learning from failures
What type of mindset is the basis of your thoughts and actions? Do you believe that you are just this way and cannot change? Do you believe that you can change, and things can be different for you? The good news is you can change your mindset to one of growth and abundance.