How to Have a Growth Mindset

What is it?

What’s your definition of a Growth Mindset? It seems like a real buzz word, or phrase as it were. If you are reading this blog, then chances are, you have a growth mindset already. You want that Better Than Good life and strive for it each and every day. You see room for growth, change, improvement and you’re all over it… or at least learning about it and pondering how it will fit into life.

I can only speak for myself here, but the learning about growth and improvement is the easy part. The change action is where it gets sticky. Anyone else? Just me?

The following is one of my absolute favorite quotes. It’s so powerful and so concise.

Consistency compounds. ~ John Maxwell

In your life, what are you looking to be more consistent with? For me, I always see room for improvement with my consistency. Could I be more consistent in growing my faith? Absolutely! Could I be more consistent with healthy eating? Heavens, yes! Do I need to be more consistent with meal planning/prepping mid-week? Yep, sure do. To me, that simple quote shows how important the every day, small decisions really are in the grand scheme of things. After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish. A plan requires consistent action. This isn’t to say there won’t be hiccups along the way, as we all know and experience on the reg.

Self-Competition

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Ol’Ernest up there knew what he was talking about. There is nothing better than the feeling you get from outdoing yourself. Of course, this can mean a boatload of things. When I run a little faster or a little farther, I am elated! When I have consumed all of my water ounces in a day, I’m a true champion! It can be daunting to know we will never be perfect, there will always be room for improvement. On the other hand, isn’t that exciting?! We have things to learn, new experiences to take on, ideas to try on our journey to betterment. It’s great to know we have the power to be better tomorrow than we were today, no matter what that looks like for you.

Recently, I did a little assignment. I mapped out, in great detail, my ideal day. That’s right. What does a day look like when I’ve done all the things that make me feel good. For example, my morning routine down to a T with the ounces of water and the whole shebang. If you haven’t read my posts on morning and bedtime rituals, get on it 🙂 This activity has been of great value to me in keeping on track with improving. I’m focusing on one area a week to really be diligent about doing. For example, this week, I’m really working on my first ‘meal’ of the day being either veggies or a SuperGreens drink (this one from Dr. Axe is my fave).

The impact of peers

Who you surround yourself with matters, in so many ways. Think about it, when you go out to lunch with a group and everyone is ordering burgers and fries, you question if the salad is the best choice. It’s human nature to want to fit in or to emulate those around you. As you are on your growth journey, it is a great idea to have someone to hold you accountable or inspire you along the way.

What would happen if those we interacted with made us feel lifted up? How would we feel if we were inspired by the words and actions of those around us? If we wanted to be better, learn more, try harder all because of who we speak to, spend time with, and listen to, wouldn’t that be amazing?

The Power of Yet

So, we all have some work to do. So what? We aren’t where we want to be… yet. There is so much power knowing the potential we have to move forward. Expert Carol Dweck speaks about the power of yet in this TED talk and it gets me fired up. Maybe we aren’t quite there yet. Maybe we don’t know what we want to work on yet. Maybe we plain old don’t know how to do something we want to pursue yet. Think about all that potential, just waiting to burst forth.

What is driving you to grow and change? Where do you see your yet?

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