I’m sure you’ve seen motivational posters like this one before. They say you need to change your mind first, to get the correct mental picture first, to visualise your goals. The Law of Attraction says that you need to change your vibration to attract your goal. In other words you need to believe that something will happen or even that it already has happened first.
Some scientists believe that all matter is made of particles that vibrate and that they can be affected by other vibrations.
These are metal plates with sand on them and when they are vibrated at different frequencies patterns are formed. Proving that matter can be affected by frequency. So what’s this got to do with the Law of Attraction and mindset? Brainwaves are a type of vibration and it is said that if you can change the vibration frequency in your brain you can change the world around you. By changing your emotions and beliefs you can change what happens to you.
“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford
So our mindset (emotions and beliefs) can change our world? A lot of people think so. Carol Dweck – a Stanford psychologist wrote a book “Mindset – The New Psychology of Success” about the power of our beliefs, both conscious and unconscious can have a profound affect on neary every aspect of our lives. She proposed that there were 2 main types of mindset. A fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The fixed mindset is that someone is “smart or dumb” “skilled or non-skilled” “useful or useless” and that’s the way of it.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein
I love this quote as it shows both mindsets, Albert Einstein has the growth mindset that everybody has potential and the fish believes what is said ( the fixed mindset) So let’s look at these mindsets in more detail.
It’s a bit small I know, but I’ll explain. The blue side shows the fixed mindset where intelligence is fixed and you want to look smart, the green side is the growth mindset where intelligence can be developed and you have a desire to learn. The outcomes are that the fixed mindset leads to achieving less than full potential and the growth mindset reaching higher and achieving a lot more.
This is broken into sections
Challenge – Fixed mindset people will avoid challenges if they can whereas growth mindset people love challenges and take them on. They don’t fear the chance of failure, they are willing to “just do it”.
Obstacles – when faced with blockages to success the fixed mindset person may just decide that “it just can’t be done” , “it’s impossible” and give up easily. The growth mindset person will see failure as a lesson and try something else because “nothing is impossible” Thomas Edison had this mindset. When working on the lightbulb design he said
” I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
Effort – The fixed mindset person will say “why bother”, “I can’t do it” or “what’s the point” and give up because “it’s never going to happen”. The person with the growth mindset will see thing “all the effort will be worth it in the end” and will strive until they achieve mastery.
Criticism – The person with the fixed mindset “knows it all” has “the best way” to do things so when things go wrong they cannot accept criticism. They feel like people are “having a go” at them and they switch off and ignore what is being said. The person with a growth mindset listens to what is being said and acts on it, they ask questions on how they can improve, they seek answers and become better.
“never assume that every critic is a hater. Not everyone is hating on you. Some people are telling the truth.” – livelifehappy.com
Success of others – There are those who see people who are successful as a threat, they think they have “all the luck”. Growth mindset people look for these successful people for ideas and inspiration, they aim to, one day, see the world from their point of view.
Overall the fixed mindset people like to have knowledge and accept it regardless of whatever confronts them. The people with the growth mindset are the creators of the world. They are the inventors of new things, the solvers of problems. When the world said man would never fly, that moving pictures were a pipe dream they proved the wrong. If we all became growth mindset people, imagine what the world could be like.
How do we get there?
As Yoda said…”you must unlearn what you have learned”. To change your mindset you need to accept that some things we “know” from the past may not be true. We used to “know” that the world was flat until we were proved wrong, Pythogoras said the world was round 2000 years before Columbus sailed the world but fixed mindsets refused to believe him.
There will always be people who say you cannot do what you are doing, as the quote from Henry Ford said thinking you can is important and persevering like Thomas Edison is needed to advance.
We need to change the way we learn, we need to love learning. To love the chance to prove people wrong, build on ideas and to make things better. We need to stop trying to remember all the “facts” about the world and refusing to believe new ideas. Invent, create, educate and learn.
Go out there and show us what the world could be not what it “should” be.
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