Growth and Fixed Mindset

Growth and Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

 In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.

In a growth mindset, people understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.

 Research has changed the way we think about success. We know that much of your success hinges on whether you believe that your abilities can be developed versus believing that they are fixed.

You Can Have Both Mindsets

The typical response to this research is to compare the two mindsets and say, “Obviously, the growth mindset is better. And, of course, that’s what I have.”

But there is a key distinction that is true for all of us: you can have a growth mindset in some areas and a fixed mindset in others.

For example, you might be very growth-oriented in your career and believe in your ability to develop and improve at work. Meanwhile, you might display a fixed mindset with regards to your health and believe things like “I’m just not the type of person who enjoys works out” or, “I was never the athletic type.”

How To Develop a Growth Mindset

Have you ever heard the quote? “Confidence is just displayed ability.” Put another way: “Prove it to yourself in small ways and you’ll develop the confidence that you can improve.” In other words, small wins repeated over time can lead to a growth mindset.

Think of it this way, you can bring someone new into the gym — someone who doesn’t see themselves as a fit person or as a strong person in the beginning — and yet their confidence grows with each workout they finish, each rep they do, and every kilogram they add to the bar. They begin to believe they can grow. They begin to see their health as something that can develop. In other words, all of their tiny actions add up to a growth mindset.

This is one thing I constantly see at the gym, without the client even knowing it. Starting out with a stick in order to become more efficient in the movement and 3 months down the track moving like a boss!

There’s confidence that comes with that — wisdom enough to know when it’s too much weight, and confident enough to know what I can do. Confidence changes the kinds of thoughts you have.

 Here are some great tips to help with creating habits within your life

You have to start with a version of the habit that is incredibly easy for you. It must be so easy that you can’t say no to doing it. And so easy that it is not difficult at all in the beginning.

You have to increase your habit each day but in an incredibly small way.

Even after increasing your habit, all repetitions must remain easy. The total habit should be broken down into easier pieces if needed.

 For example, you wish you could meditate consistently and be more mindful?

On day one, you’ll meditate for 60 seconds.

On day two, you’ll meditate for 70 seconds.

Continue this pattern, until you get to an amount of time that satisfies you or too long to do at once. For example, 10 minutes of meditation might feel like a lot. Once you get to this point, break up your sessions into easier blocks. For example, meditate for 5 minutes in the morning and then 5 minutes in the evening.

This can be substituted for push-ups, running, food prep whatever you want to improve on add 1 minute of your day to it and see where it can take you.

For more information on growth and fixed mindsets listen to podcast episode #171 – Mindset and managing stress HERE


Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.