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5 Signs you may have a fixed Mindset (Part 1)

In this video Louisa explores the concept of fixed mindset and growth mindset, based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Carol Dweck at Stanford University. Decades ago, Dr. Dweck began her research by investigating why some children give up easily while others persist and work hard to achieve their goals. She found that their beliefs about their intelligence and abilities played a significant role in determining their level of effort. A fixed mindset is characterized by the belief that intelligence and abilities are fixed traits, while a growth mindset embraces the idea that one can improve through effort and practice.

The Five Signs of a Fixed Mindset

1. Over Concern About How You Look: If you find yourself constantly worried about appearing smart, intelligent, and talented to others, it might be a sign of a fixed mindset. You might be overly concerned about how others perceive you, which could hinder you from taking on new challenges or opportunities.

2. Avoiding Challenges: Individuals with a fixed mindset tend to shy away from challenges if they fear they won’t excel or look like a “rock star.” This fear of failure can hold them back from trying new things and reaching their full potential.

3. Tendency to Give Up Easily: When faced with difficulties or setbacks, those with a fixed mindset often prefer to give up rather than persisting through the challenge. The fear of failure and the potential embarrassment associated with it outweigh the desire to push through.

4. Seeing Effort as a Sign of Low Intelligence or Talent: People with a fixed mindset may view exerting effort as an indication of their lack of intelligence or talent. They might think, “If I were smart enough, I wouldn’t need to work so hard,” leading to self-doubt and discouragement.

5. Discomfort with Constructive Feedback: Individuals with a fixed mindset may struggle to accept constructive criticism and feedback. The idea of needing improvement may make them feel uncomfortable and defensive.

If you can recognize yourself in these 5 signs, you’re not alone. When I first read Dr. Dweck’s research, I knew right away that I had a fixed mindset. Training myself to shift to a growth mindset has been life changing.

Stay tuned for next week’s Weekly Juice for Part 2 where I will share my strategies for shifting to a growth mindset.

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