Ever wish you could catch yourself in a moment of fixed mindset (see The Secret to Success) and do a 180-degree turn, flipping yourself into a growth mindset quickly?
Our brains will fall back on what they know best until they are conditioned to respond differently. It is possible to retrain your brain to switch to a growth mindset. You can do so more quickly if you use a framework or pattern that you’re already familiar with. Remember the “Stop, drop and roll” technique you learned in elementary school, in case of a fire? The process for shifting to a growth mindset I designed is built on that simple three-step process.
1. Stop. Monitor your thoughts (think: self-awareness) and listen for fixed-mindset thinking. You’ll notice it because it includes absolutes like never, always, everybody and anybody. It sounds like this: “Everybody else always loses weight/gets promoted/has a great relationship.” When you catch yourself in a fixed-mindset thought, the first thing to do is stop.
2. Drop. Drop into a reflective state of mind. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself the question, “Is that thought true? 100% of the time?” Make a conscious effort to evaluate your thought pattern and ask yourself if it is the mindset that will serve you best. Hint: if it’s a fixed-mindset, it probably isn’t serving you.
3. Roll. Imagine doing a somersault (or a roll in a kayak if that’s more your speed) and rolling out the other side with a different mindset. Roll yourself into a different state of mind by trying on a growth mindset thought. It might sound like this: “If I apply myself and learn some new techniques I can lose weight/get promoted/improve my relationship.”
Everybody slips into a fixed mindset occasionally. Even the most optimistic, growth-oriented people have moments where a fixed mindset stalls their progress.
The next time you hear your self-talk going down a fixed mindset path, remember to stop, drop and roll.
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