Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset?
Why do some people give up on themselves when they have such terrific potential? Why do others who seem so much less capable keep working, progressing and persisting until they reach tremendous success and far surpass those with "talent." Could it be a matter of mindset?
A recent book, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol S. Dweck, explores a very simple premise ... it's not our talent or natural ability that determines our success so much as our mindset. Talent or natural ability can actually become a negative influence on our success if our mindset is not in the right place.
As we work with our Xyngular® teams, it can be helpful to recognize the mindset of those who are joining us and exploring the challenging edges of their comfort zone. Some will feel, "I'm going to be great at this. I have a lot of natural ability to build a business like this." We may be tempted to let them know that they have tremendous potential for building a Xyngular business.
But beware. According to Dr. Dweck you may be doing them more harm than good. "The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life," says Dweck. "Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over." That rigidity can lead to an intense amount of pressure that often causes those with a fixed mindset to give up if they can't succeed right away or pushes them to lie to themselves and others about their success.
The person with the growth mindset, on the other hand, doesn't have to live up to such high expectations, so they can work and improve gradually according to their natural skills without too much pressure to perform. "This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts," says Dr. Dweck. Growth minded people "believe that a person's true potential is unknown (and unknowable); that it's impossible to foresee what can be accomplished with years of passion, toil, and training."
How does a Xyngular career thrive in a growth mindset? It's a simple matter of disciplining our disappointments and progressing and improving at a natural, healthy pace. Xyngular success is less a matter of extraordinary talent and instant success than it is persistence at performing the fundamentals and developing leadership skills through experience and overcoming challenges.
The growth mindset "allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives," says Dweck. You see this mindset in our top Xyngular leaders who are always encouraging a positive growth mindset in their team. They celebrate every victory however small, because they know it encourages growth. And they refuse to predict someone's potential until they actually begin to see results.
- Evaluate several of your most significant life experiences - failures and successes - to see if you had a "growth" or a "fixed" mindset. Did you succeed better when you had a humble, patient "growth" mindset?
- Evaluate how you complement your teammates. Do you praise them for their potential or for their actual results and the progress they are making?