Grow or Plateau: It’s your choice

Mindset is the pen that writes your life experiences. –Unknown Take a moment and think about the goals you’ve accomplished. Visualize the day you made…

Mindset is the pen that writes your life experiences. –Unknown

Take a moment and think about the goals you’ve accomplished. Visualize the day you made it happen. Put yourself in that moment. What does that it look like? What did you need to do—to make that goal happen? How did you feel during your journey?

My hope is you felt uncomfortable; there were often times you wanted to quit. You wanted to give up so bad, but you didn’t. Why?

It’s because you made a choice. The choice everyone on this planet has, the choice to grow or plateau. When we face situations, we have the choice to respond one of two ways. One, you could approach your journey with an open mind. Accepting the challenges, the journey brings and preparing yourself to learn something; or two, you could approach your journey with a closed mindset. This means you’re probably going to give up or give an excuse as to “why you cannot attain your goal.”

What I just described is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. According to Author and Motivational speaker, Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset is a mindset that believes in “either it is, or it isn’t.” For example, either you are good at dancing or you aren’t. There is no in-between or room for improvement. An individual with a growth mindset believes that anyone can be good at everything. They believe that “flaws” are characteristics that can be “fixed.”

Here are the first three steps to developing a growth mindset

  1. Check yourself

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • In pursuing goals, do I start strong until I slack off and eventually quit?
  • Do I throw myself into something without planning?
  • Do I finish what I start?

Answer these questions truthfully. Think about what others may think of you. Allow yourself the opportunity to be vulnerable with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable, it’s working.

  1. Plan everything

Be patient with yourself. It’s important to understand that perfection is not real. Wanting perfection will often stop you dead in your tracks and paralyze future forward movement. If your goal seems too big to accomplish its key to set smaller attainable goals that will lead to the larger goal. Invest in a passion planner, this will keep you on track.

  1. Challenge yourself

You ever give up on a dare. Probably not, but that’s just me hoping again. Challenge yourself to be great. Dare yourself to believe in the process. We are our own biggest critic; we allow our subconscious beliefs to derail us in the process of making it happen. Build consistency by showing up for yourself in the midst of the hard times.

Developing a growth mindset is an ongoing journey. Choosing to grow will be the best decision you’ve ever made. Remember these steps are just to get you started in the process of personal development. As you build these habits, push yourself and continue to implement success strategies when going through life.

By: Jillynn Reese

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  1. John Alabi says:

    Rich and inspiring. It blesses and challenges me in no measure. Thank you.


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