06 Mar The Role of A Mindset in Cultivating Positive Habits
“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” – Sean Covey
To make a positive change in your life, you need to change your fixed beliefs. If you can change some of your traits, such as bad habits, perception, or have the will to lose weight, then you can be a better person. These fixed beliefs are in your mindset. If you do not learn how to develop a growth mindset, you will lose the good opportunities to be successful in life.
Developing a Growth Mindset
Learning and understanding the techniques of developing a growth mindset is your channel to achieving success throughout your life. Here are the keys to developing a growth mindset:
- Recognize and accept your weaknesses.
If you are a procrastinator, start making a plan by creating simple goals. Set a reasonable amount of time to accomplish them.
- Consider challenges as opportunities or prospects.
There are always important decisions to make, such as moving to another country, accepting a new job, exploring another country, taking up a new course, and more.
New challenges provide new prospects. Consider these challenges as a means of improving yourself as a person. Challenge yourself more often to have more opportunities of knowing more about yourself.
Do not allow your fear of failure stop you from taking on a new challenge. If you do, you will always hesitate on taking different challenges and will make you to stay in your comfort zone.
- Your brain can re-organize throughout your life.
Your brain is the commander of your nervous system. It takes input from your sense organs and transmits output to your muscles. Throughout your life, your brain creates new links that enables it to make changes depending on your current situation or environment.
Have you heard about neuroplasticity? If not, research to know more about it. Neuroplasticity defines the capability of the brain to retrain and reorganize, which means there is room for improvement. You can easily acquire a growth mindset if you know that your brain is continually changing. Be aware that your mind is supple because the brain is flexible.
- Develop a sense of meaning or purpose.
With a growth mindset, you can set long-term goals and develop a better sense of meaning or purpose in life. Look at the entire perspective at all times and maintain the end goal in mind. Having a purpose will keep you motivated on continuing with the task.
Ask yourself these questions frequently:
- What is the purpose of doing this work?
- Is it because it is a component of your bigger goal, or is it because you love and enjoy doing it?
- Be a good learner rather than a fast learner.
Mistakes can happen along the way, and none will come easily or quickly. You need to realize that these will help you find success. Concentrate on the learning process instead of the outcome.
- Know how to express and accept constructive criticism.
Do not take criticism seriously and personally but think of it as a method to learn. Be thankful that someone has identified your area of weakness, as this will make you mindful of your flaws so you can find ways on improving them. Accept these constructive criticisms as encouragement instead of a putdown.
The need for improvement is not defeat. It signifies you are making progress and is gradually heading to success.
- Learn from other’s mistakes.
Comparing yourself to other people is unhealthy but it is also helpful in some respects. If you know of someone who had the same mistakes as yours, analyze and identify the steps to turn it into strengths. Preserve this in your mind so you’ll know what to do if you encounter the same situation in the future.
- Consider learning as training the brain.
Allow your brain to grow so it can keep pace with the new developments and to keep it active. Train and retrain your brain because things keep on changing. To train your brain to the fullest, you need to learn continually throughout your life.
- Develop fortitude and perseverance.
Develop fortitude and perseverance to motivate yourself every day. Your deep interest in what you do will keep you aiming for success. Mental and emotional strength is important to keep you focused and motivated in attaining your long-term goals.
- Keep on learning.
Create a new goal each time you accomplished one. People with a growth mindset stay motivated by setting new goals continually. Learning does not stop once you’ve reached a goal.
You need to keep on learning to succeed.
- Learning takes time.
Rushing to learn will lead you nowhere. It takes time to learn the subject that interests you. You may need to apply a new technique or take numerous varied learning methods until you are completely satisfied with your learning progress. Generally, the learning process does not end there as new things are constantly changing.
The mindset plays an essential role in cultivating positive habits. You can do this by:
- Having the will and be committed to change your fixed beliefs.
- Enhance your skills, talents, and abilities.
- Implement the correct actions to get motivated.
- Look at the whole perspective of why you are doing what you are doing now!
Start developing a growth mindset to cultivate positive habits for a new YOU!