I want to talk to you about a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the opposite of a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset says “I am born this way, with these skills, strengths and weaknesses and there’s nothing I can do because I was born this way.” I completely disagree with it. I think it can limit you massively if you believe you were born a certain way and therefore can’t fix it because you’ll never even try fix it.
The growth mindset is having one extra word in your vocabulary – yet.
“I’m not good at running…yet.”
“I’m not good at piano…yet.”
“I’m not successful in my business…yet.”
“I’m not living my dreams… yet.”
That word gives your subconscious mind the capacity and opportunity to at least try. I think every time we say someone got there because of their talent, it’s bullshit. Talent is a good thing but talented people also put in as much time, sacrifice and dedication.
If we could dedicate ourselves to that extent we could be successful. It comes from the book The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell which speaks about the 10 000 hours. With enough patience and persistence you can get good at anything. It’s not about what you’re born with – it’s what you make of what you’re born with. A great example of this is Roger Bannister. He was a runner around the 1940s-1950s and back then being able to run a mile in under 4 minutes was seen as an impossible feat. Even scientists and biologists came in and said we are scientifically incapable of it until Roger proved to the world that it can be done. Yet after Roger did it, thousands have done it.
So did we evolve physically? No but our mindset grew. Our belief in what was possible grew. That’s where the word ‘yet’ comes from. If you can just bring that word ‘yet’ into your vocabulary you can stop the fixed mindset and move to the growth mindset. That way you’re giving yourself the opportunity to live the life of your dreams.
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