“If you haven’t failed you haven’t lived.“
Our mindset is very much part of who we are and our perspective we have on the world. A fixed mindset can have you avoiding challenges and giving up when you meet resistance, blaming something or someone. A growth mindset (one that leads from within) looks upon a challenge as something to embrace and learn from.
A leader with a fixed mindset may hear criticism and dismiss it, push on, fixed on their goal (come hell or high water). The leader with an open or growth mindset however has the advantage, they hear the criticism as feedback, they learn and grow from it, adapting, changing, innovating, learning ( a Scott and Amundsen tale perhaps).
If you get stuck on a plateau (as we all do every now and then), and you are worried to go on because you feel you may fail or that this is as far as you can get.
Turn back the clock and remember how you got to this plateau in the first place; with perseverance, learning and growth.
Your mindset can become a ladder to new levels of learning and success. A mountain climbed is just the beginning of learning, and a step to new levels of understanding. Few leaders have not failed at one point or another, but the ones that failed and learnt, communicated, believed in themselves and their people, and learnt from the successes of others, are the ones that went on growing, leading and succeeding.
Are you stuck on a plateau, feel you don’t have the talent, find yourself judging people? Remember you have a choice. As Carol Dweck says:
How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities. It’s up to you.
Ready to make a change, move off that plateau and start to grow and learn again, get your team on top? This is your time. Read Mindset and/or contact us to open new doors to growth mindset and leadership.