Mindset of Great Achievers
Why is having the right mindset so important to determine your success? How does it shape our world and the results we get?
Do you have the right mindset to achieve your goals for 2018?
We are all born with unique talents. However why is that some people labelled as being ‘less talented’ become more successful than their ‘more talented peers’. This question has puzzled many coaches over the years and Carol Dweck a professor from Standford University believes the answer is down to Mindset. After researching the topic extensively Dweck believes there are 2 different Mindsets: the Fixed Mindset and the Growth Mindset.
Individuals with a Fixed Mindset believe they are born with a certain amount of intelligence or talent, and these abilities cannot be improved. This creates a constant urge to try and look better than other people but it does not mean you are interested in learning or bettering yourself, the only thing that matters is looking better than others. It holds them back, it limits them.
People that possess a Growth Mindset believe their abilities and skills can be improved through hard work and persistence. People with a Growth Mindset generate a capacity for life long learning and constantly strive to improve. When presented with an obstacle, those possessing a Growth Mindset tend to rise to the challenge, and generally do not fear failure; instead, they view it as a chance to improve themselves. They ignite their performance.
This tells us that the Mindset is crucial for all things we do in life, be them professional or personal. It is the Mindset that determines our thinking and our thinking determines our beliefs, our emotions, our behaviours and our actions in life. It is the actions we take can unlock our true potential and support us to only achieving our goals but to thrive. It is our Mindset that ignites our success.
As Marcus Aurelios once said “Our life is what our thoughts make it”, and with that in mind we want to share our 3 tips to Ignite your Winning Mindset
1. Be optimistic
The first step to getting the things you want is believing you deserve them. Martin E.P. Seligman’s extensive research demonstrates how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Being optimistic can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier in life.
2. Embrace Challenges
Challenges make you learn and develop, allowing your talents to blossom. Forbes magazine’s published an article on traits that will give executives long-term job success pointed out that one of the things people want most in their careers is the opportunity for “mastery” – for getting better at things. Mastery arises from challenge: you get better at things when you put yourself into situations where you have to stretch.
3. Never give up
Our pathway to achieving our goals at time may not be nice and smooth but instead pose big hindrances and we may want to give up, move on, try something else. The fact is that the reason most people never achieve their dreams is because they simply give up. Remember that the times when it’s most important to persevere are the times that you will be most tested, so staying strong and staying optimistic will make you thrive no matter the circumstances.
In moving forward, start with a self-assessment, is your Mindset in the right place? Which Mindset do you have?
Successful people don’t wait for perfect conditions, they create opportunities. They draw energy and motivation from their challenges, believe they will achieve what they want, and keep on track.
Our questions to you?
1. Are you feeling positive about achieving your goals?
2. Do you feel you are ready for the challenges that may come your way?
3. Are you flexible to adapt?
Remember; your winning mindset will determine the results you get.
Kully Jaswal & Cristina Rodenbeck
Kully is Ignition Coaching’s founder and an Executive, Career Coach and Facilitator. Kully works with new graduates and senior leaders alike, helping them find careers they love. Cristina Rodenbeck is an Executive Coach, Holistic Wellness Practitioner, and Facilitator.