“Growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way – in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments – everyone can change and grow through application and experience.”Carol Dweck

A Growth Mindset is about learning and growing from life’s failures, difficulties, challenges and feedback rather than sinking with them. Toddlers are one of the best examples of a Growth Mindset. If they gave up every time they fell or bumped into something, they would never learn to walk!

But how to cultivate a growth mindset?

Here are some self-coaching hacks that you can start apply to yourself:

  1. Accept that life is full of ups and downs.
  2. Reframe ‘failures’ to ‘outcomes’ and learn from these outcomes.
  3. Get excited about challenges.
  4. Always view feedback constructively.
  5. Believe in your ability to learn something new if you set your mind to it.
  6. Remember that your attitude and effort will determine your abilities and success.
  7. Instead of comparing yourself to others, be inspired by them.
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1. Accept that life is full of ups and downs

It is important to accept that life is full of ups and downs. This is normal and natural and the same for every human being.

Although this can be hard to accept, if you don’t you will set yourself up for continual disappointment every time you experience failure, difficulties, challenges or feedback.

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2. Reframe ‘failures’ to ‘outcomes’ and learn from these outcomes

One of the most common things that stops people from solving problems, making decisions and accomplishing tasks is a fear of failure.

Life is full of ups and downs and this includes failing from time to time. In fact, most successful people agree that failing is actually critical to the learning process and success.

To help you use failure as a good opportunity for learning and growth rather than beating yourself up, remove the word ‘failure’ from your personal dictionary and replace it with the word ‘outcome’. If you find yourself using the word ‘failure’ or something similar, tap yourself and replace it on the spot with the word ‘outcome’. Express interest and curiosity in this outcome (similar to a scientist interested in the results of an experiment) and ask yourself what you will learn from it. E.g., ’That is an interesting outcome – what constructive and helpful learning can I take from this outcome?’.

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3. Get excited about challenges

It’s the truth: life can be boring without a good challenge from time to time! In fact, a good challenge gives us the drive and momentum to seek change. Challenges aren’t meant to be easy. They invite you to get out of your comfort zone and work at your edge. That is why they are called a ‘challenge,’ because they give us the opportunity to really stretch and test ourselves.

When we overcome a difficulty, the reward is not only a sense of achievement but also a reminder that we can achieve something if we set our mind to it, which in turn helps us to develop more confidence.

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4. Always view feedback constructively

Feedback or Feed Forward I call it, is a gift as it gives us important information about how we can progress, develop and improve in life.

It doesn’t mean we have to like it or agree with it. The benefit is simply knowing what someone else is thinking or feeling so that we can consider it alongside a whole range of other factors.

Many famous and successful people say that listening to feed forward is the secret to their success. Because it forced them to concentrate their efforts on developing the areas that needed it the most.

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5. Believe in your ability to learn something new if you set your mind to it

The difference between people who learn new things and those who don’t is a belief that they can learn something new if they set their mind to it. If we don’t have this belief, we need to remind ourselves of all the times we have learnt something new in the past, like walking, running, reading, and riding a bike.

Without an inner belief that we can do it, there is no way our younger selves would have persisted through the learning process. Ultimately, it’s about knowing and accepting that the learning process isn’t meant to be easy, but we will eventually get there if we set our minds to it and persist. In other words – ‘there is no gain without pain’.

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6. Remember that your attitude and effort will determine your abilities and success

If we put effort into something and have a positive attitude about it, then we are much more likely to achieve the results that we want. Little or no effort and a negative attitude will make the journey so much harder and longer than it needs to be.

Take a moment to reflect on a time when you had a positive attitude to something and really put the effort into it. How did this pay off for you?

Now take a moment to reflect on a time when you had a negative attitude to something and were unwilling to put effort and work into it. How might things have been different if you had had a positive attitude instead?

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7. Instead of comparing yourself to others, be inspired by them

We are all totally unique and have different qualities and growth areas. So, comparing ourselves to others is a completely pointless exercise.

Instead of comparing ourselves to others, a useful strategy is to allow ourselves only to be inspired by others.

So next time you find yourself making comparisons, tap yourself and replace it on the spot with the question: What inspires me about this person and what is one small thing that I can do to embody this? For example, if you are inspired by someone’s ability to socialise well, you might decide to hang out with them more so that you can learn from them.

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This is not so easy it reads; you need practise and be aware. This is were coaching comes in. Our coach training programs are tailored towards growing, for executive’s, leaders, professionals.

As leaders, you need to be able to unlash the power within your employees by embedding a growth mindset. As Noble Manhattan we have put our heart into our leadership and executive programs. They can be run in person, in our Geneva or Zurich Coach Training Centres. Or online.

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