The Growth Mindset

Everyone wants to get better at whatever they do, be it a skill or a hobby. However, not everyone becomes good because most people give up at the first sign of difficulty. One of the reasons why this happens is because people don’t have a mindset that focuses on improvement and growth.

The Growth Mindset may differ from one individual to another but here is a simple version that you can begin to adapt to.

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1. Apply

The first step is often quite hard to take but it is the beginning of your journey to becoming better. Whatever it is that you wish to improve, you must apply it first. If you want to sharpen your debating skills, then you must debate. You must let go of your fears and face your challenges.

Feel nervous? Insecure? Afraid? No problem. That’s how everyone feels when they try something new. If you’ve just discovered The Growth Cycle, your next attempts at improvement are no longer the same because now you have a clear map of how you can navigate your pathway to greatness.

Experience is the best teacher in life because you are taught to learn not from anyone else but from your own failures. Which leads you to the next step…

2. Fail

To fail doesn’t mean you outright fail in applying whatever skill you wish to improve but it means that you find weaknesses in your application. As a human being, you will never be perfect nor will any of your skills be perfect. Successful people understand this and form one conclusion: I have infinite potential to improve.

This is where most people give up. Failure is difficult to accept. Accepting failure means coming to terms with the fact that you’re not as good as you thought and you have a long way to go before becoming great. Failure is also difficult because it means that you have to put in effort and time in order to overcome your failure. Most people give up because they aren’t willing to put in the effort and time. If you want to be successful and great, you must not give up. You must persist!

Failure is not final. The great thing about life is that you can find ways to improve yourself and become better. Which is why it’s important that you…

3. Learn

We all become upset when we fail. It’s a perfectly normal reaction that is an essential part of being human. If you remain upset and do nothing, you will keep failing.

At every point of your life that you encountered failure, you always have to choose between two things. To keep being upset about your failure or to face your failure. To become better, you must be brave enough to face your failure. You must be matured enough to understand that you aren’t perfect but you can become better through effort and time. So choose to face your failure!

Every time you fail, do an analysis. Ask yourself why you failed. When you begin to understand WHY, you will identify WHAT you need to do to do better. This is an essential skill that you should have. The skill of self-analysis. To judge yourself before others judge you. To find your weaknesses before others point them out.

We live in the age where knowledge and information is often available to us in abundance. Whether it be through books or the Internet, there is no shortage of the things we can learn from the sources around us. Use all of these sources to learn how you can improve. Ask experts or people you trust. Read books that focus on fixing your problems. Google for tips. Knowledge is all around you, you just have to know where to look.

4. Improve

At this point, you know HOW you can improve but knowing isn’t enough, you must apply.

Bruce Lee said that last part but here’s an extra step to help you gain confidence and fix minor weaknesses before you APPLY the skill again: PRACTICE

Practice equals improvement because as mentioned above, it gives you confidence and allows you to fix minor weaknesses. By practising, you try out the things that you’ve learned. This gives you the chance to experience them in a situation where you can get used to the things you’ve learnt thus raising your self-confidence. Aside from that, you might also find that some of the things you learnt may not work well with your unique situation. Use this opportunity to learn something else and practice until you find what works.

Once you believe you have practised enough and have made improvements, you repeat the cycle…

APPLY

With the improvements you’ve made, apply your skill. You will notice how much better you are because of the improvements you’ve made but the cycle continues.

Remember, you aren’t perfect and so you will always find something to improve in whatever you do. The next steps you take should be simple: keep learning and improving!

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