THE GROWTH Mindset
mindset focuses strongly on the principle that while growth is inevitable, conscious
growth is the key to a fulfilled life.
Growth is a
force of nature, and we are constantly evolving and changing, whether we like
it or not.
is that by being aware of the fact that we must grow, and that we can take
control of the direction and speed of our growth, we can deliberately take
charge of our development.
cultivate our lives into magnificent blooms, rather than allowing ourselves to
become untended and neglected plants.
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BENEFITS OF THE GROWTH mindset
A major benefit
of the growth mindset is that it encourages you to explore and incorporate into
your life more of the things which can bring you joy and aliveness. Things
which are all too often pushed aside in the treadmill so many people find
themselves stuck on.
important aspect of the growth mindset is openness to identifying and learning
to break through the limiting beliefs, negative thought patterns, and
self-defeating habits that may be holding you back from the life and the growth
that you want to experience.
CHALLENGES TO THE GROWTH MINDSET
growth and conscious change is clearly the way forward, it is something that
can be challenging and uncomfortable at times.
requires breaking out of our comfort zones, and exploring new ways of thinking
and doing things, many of us tend to balk at, or resist, the process of growth
To develop your
growth mindset, you need to find the courage you possess within to face these
challenges, and to break through old barriers and discover new territory.
HOW TO DEVELOP THE GROWTH MINDSET
To achieve the
greatest positive growth, as with growing flowers, we need to give ourselves
what we require to thrive.
If we do not give
ourselves what we need to flourish, we can very easily end up feeling stunted
and withered, rather than blossoming.
Below are five
key areas for creating a life that supports maximum growth and fulfillment.
1. PREPARE THE SOIL
The majority of us tend grow best, and be happiest, in the fertile soil
of positive surroundings. While we can’t discount the hardy blooms that manage
to flourish even in the harshest location, most of us do best by creating
surroundings that are pleasant and uplifting.
A lot has been said and written about the positive effects of things like
taking a plant or some posters to work, listening to soothing music, and
reducing clutter. Even if we find ourselves currently planted in less than
ideal ground, there is almost always something we can do to make our
At times we may need to plan a transplant to a more nurturing environment, but
initially taking some short term measures to improve our current situation is almost
always a good idea.
2. WATER THE PLANT
necessity for growth is the water of having our basic material needs met.
Before we can focus on developing ways to expand our ability to thrive, and
live fully and joyfully, we need to tend to our essential physical
Making sure that you are getting healthy food and enough rest and exercise sets
a vital foundation for nurturing the growth mindset.
This is not to say that you need to be an Olympic athlete or a total health nut
to be able to attain wonderful personal growth.
However, if you are eating only fast food,
living a totally sedentary life, and tending to sleep too much or too little,
you are not likely to be in a good place mentally or physically to tackle the
deeper aspects of personal growth.
3. PROVIDE NOURISHMENT
The nourishment of encouragement is
another crucial thing we need to give ourselves to achieve the most growth and
well-being in our lives.
Encouraging yourself in the development
of your growth mindset, as well as the actual growth that you are experiencing,
can be done in many different ways.
Noticing and taking the time to
appreciate every small step forward is a great way to nourish your growth.
You can also talk to other people who
are developing their own growth mindset, either people in your life, or through
online communities such as forums.
Reading inspiring books and articles, and
getting some mindset coaching can also provide great “food” for growth.
4. ALLOW PLENTY OF SUNLIGHT
The sunlight of awareness and
understanding is vital to our growth.
Without this sunlight, not only do we
grow less, but we often don’t even see what is not working in our lives.
Cultivate awareness and you will find
that conscious growth becomes a natural part of everything you do.
5. REMOVE THE WEEDS
There are many weeds that can get in
the way of ongoing development of the growth mindset, and they can continue to
pop up at any time, no matter how good we have become at nurturing our gardens.
These weeds can take the form of doubt,
fear, self-criticism, and negativity from those around us.
By noticing these weeds, and removing
them before they can take root firmly, we can keep our growth on a clear and
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