“Everyone is a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. You could have a predominant growth mindset in an area, but there can still be things that trigger you into a fixed mindset trait.”
~ Carol S. Dweck
This episode was my debut on The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, which I now host. In this episode, I talked about how mindsets fuel behavior and how they are the key to career and personal growth. I also share my goal as a new host of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About How Mindsets Fuel Behavior:
- One of the ways to define mindsets is to refer to them as the lenses through which we see the world and the people around us. A bad mindset can distort how we see the people, the challenges, and the opportunities that we face in our lives, whereas a good mindset will allow us to clearly see what we are faced with and help us to move through it more effectively.
- Our mindset really drives what we do, and what we do drives the results and consequences that we get in life.
- When trying to change something in your life or trying to reach a new goal you have, you should not only focus on the behavioral changes, but also focus on your mindset and what you believe. When you neglect your mindset, your mindset is going to pull you right back to where you were before.
- If you can manage to view setbacks in your career and life as opportunities to grow, you will grow tremendously through each interaction you face in your career and life.
- Mindsets can fuel how we see other people. When looking at other people, do you see them as objects that you can gain something from or as an object that is in your way, or do you see them as people who matter like you matter?
Mindsets Can Be Put Into Pairs That Will Allow People to Rate Themselves on a Scale:
Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
- A growth mindset refers to viewing our own ability and the ability of other people in our lives to continue to grow and develop. A fixed mindset would be when we think we have fixed traits, such as our talents, abilities, or IQ, that we cannot break out of.
- Having a growth mindset and believing that you can continue to grow and improve is much more positive and helps us to believe that we can improve with focused effort and hard work.
Open Mindset vs Closed Mindset
- This is the degree to which we are open to new ideas and suggestions in our lives. Are you open to feedback, even if it is critical, or do you always look for information that confirms your own beliefs? Do you care more about who is right, or what is right?
- Those who have an open mindset will always seek to find what the truth is and invite open communication with others, rather than being the authority themselves.
Promotion Mindset vs Prevention Mindset
- This is to establish where your fear comes from. Someone with a prevention mindset will have a large fear of having problems, having people see their problems, and making mistakes. These people are committed to avoiding discomfort and problems and prefer to play it safe. This can turn into a lot of other negative things that can cause more problems, like micromanaging or reprimanding others.
- Someone with a promotion mindset will always seek to reach more and make more progress, and will be aggressive with their goals.
Inward Mindset vs Outward Mindset
- When we have an inward mindset, we see other people as objects. We often see them as vehicles in our lives to help us get something done, or we can see them as obstacles in our way that need to be removed, or we can even just see them as irrelevant and just don’t care.
- An outward mindset suggests that we should see people who matter like we matter, and that we should be more focused on the success of the group than we are on our own success.
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