On the 24th September 2022, Act Global held a virtual learning program #Belajar on the topic “ How to develop a growth mindset ? ” with Saraswati Indraharsani, M.Psi.,Psikolog. Saraswati is a young clinical psychologist who is currently active in one of the Psychology Services in Bali and Soul Society Indonesia. She also works in a women’s and children’s protection center. In this #Belajar program , Saraswati encourages the participants to discover what it means to have a growth mindset, how the growth mindset can help you, and the steps you can take to break away from a fixed mindset.
Growth Mindset: What Is It?
There are many different attitudes, and each one can either benefit or harm our wellbeing. A growth mindset is simply the conviction that, with commitment and effort, our fundamental talents can be enhanced and improved. The idea that this belief involves magic is less important. Simply put, without a growth attitude, we don’t put in the necessary effort, and as a result, we are stuck forever.
But with a growth mentality, we can overcome the feeling of being stuck and accomplish the long-term objectives we have in mind, whether they are related to our jobs, our relationships, or other areas of our lives (take this well-being quiz to get a sense of the areas of your life that might need work).
Are You Growing Mentally?
Do you think that your IQ, for example, was something you possessed from birth and will continue to be throughout your life because you were born with it? Or do you think that your opinions and worldviews are constantly changing, that you can learn new things if you put in the effort, and that your knowledge and intelligence increase as you gain new experiences? If the answer to the first question was “yes,” you have a “fixed mindset.” If your response to the second question was “yes,” you most likely possess a “growth mindset”.
Why is a growth mentality important?
If we have a “fixed mindset,” we can avoid problems because, who wants to feel humiliated or embarrassed in front of others? However, this can be problematic because it might make us avoid difficulties and novel experiences that would otherwise help us develop, significantly better ourselves, and build the life we want.
If we have a “growth mindset,” we look forward to challenges even though they may be dangerous because we place a higher importance on learning and growing than having other people think we are an expert. We frequently lack knowledge since we are constantly attempting new things. However, those of us who have a growth mindset frequently acquire new abilities and achieve our goals more quickly because we have a strong sense of self-belief and put in the necessary effort.
A life that is more complete and meaningful may result from adopting a growth mindset since it will have a far wider variety of experiences.
The Main “Fixed” and “Growth” Mindset Differences
The “fixed mentality” person may hire others to do the most difficult tasks when faced with hard work, exerting the least amount of effort possible, whereas the “growth mindset” person understands that successful ends frequently require effort—”effort” is merely a step in the process. One typically needs to exert energy, whether it is mental, physical, or just by repetition over time, in order to master a new task.
A person with a “fixed attitude” avoids problems, sometimes out of a fear of failing, and may withdraw to escape obligations. The “growth mindset” individual, on the other hand, views obstacles as interesting and engaging because they are confident that they will gain useful knowledge from them. They “stay to it,” overcoming the obstacle, and are subsequently able to advance to even bigger successes.
Making mistakes is something the “fixed mindset” person despises since it’s embarrassing. When chastised, they could take offense or place blame on others (the Inner Bonding workbook can help with this). A “growth mindset” individual, meanwhile, will view the error as a lesson to be learned from and is less likely to take criticism personally. Another way that a growth mindset might help someone succeed is by enhancing their capacity to perform better the following time.
The Techniques for Creating a Growth Mindset
It may seem difficult to shift from a “fixed” perspective to a “growth mindset,” but anyone who wants to may do it by starting small. This is how:
One who has a growth mentality welcomes difficulties, keeps going after setbacks, accepts responsibility for their words and deeds, and recognizes that work is the key to mastery. It essentially explains the proverb “practice makes perfect.”
You may make your mental processes work for you by choosing to put in the extra effort to develop a growth mindset, increasing the likelihood that you will achieve your goals and lead the life you choose.
Written by Hermanto