How often do you tell yourself, “I’m not good at this” or “I can’t learn to do this”? This type of self-talk is indicative of a fixed mindset, a way of thinking about yourself that believes you are incapable of learning or growing throughout your life, that you are who you are, and that’s all you’ll ever be. But, this way of thinking is holding you back from learning a new thing or getting better at something. It is your beliefs, not your skills, which are limiting you.
A New Approach to Learning
Part of the learning process is rethinking your ideas about learning. Because it is your beliefs that influence your choices, your actions, and your ability to learn. When you believe that you are done learning, you are. You continue to expand when you think you still have much room for growth. As Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
Being willing to expand your mind and explore new things opens your life and possibilities for success. You start to envision opportunities and options that you could never imagine before. You begin to look at challenges and obstacles differently. You realise that you are surrounded by possibilities, not blocks or dead ends. You soon realise that your attitude is the only thing standing between you and your dreams.
When you are a young child, everything is new and exciting. Everything is an opportunity for growth. There is always a lesson to take away, and improvement happens daily. But, somewhere along the line, you start thinking you have stopped learning, have stopped needing to grow. And when you change your mindset in this way, guess what happens? You stop learning!
Your ability to expand your mind depends entirely on your beliefs. Do you believe that growth is essential? Do you think that we continue to learn and evolve? Do you believe that the world has many possibilities and that you can learn from them? Do you think there is something to be learned in every positive or negative situation?
These beliefs determine how you view the world, other people, and yourself. They govern whether you are willing to step outside your comfort zone, whether you have the confidence to change and grow, and whether you see every situation and person in your life as a learning opportunity or not. Your beliefs are foundational to how you see yourself and others, and until you become the master of those beliefs, you will be stuck in a fixed way of thinking that prevents you from realising your full potential.
Life is Full of Lessons. Are You Listening?
Every person you meet has something to teach you. Every experience you have can offer you valuable lessons. Every choice you make can help you make better ones in the future. All these things are possible, but until you expand your mind with a growth mindset, you will not see these possibilities, which will pass by you.
Listen to that little voice. Is it limiting how you think about yourself and the world? If so, embracing a growth mindset is your next step to expanding your mind and opening up the world of possibilities that lay before you. New beliefs about learning and personal growth can ensure your continued progress in life and the realisation of whatever dreams you set for yourself.