In previous blogs we’ve talked about what it looks like when people are living on autopilot and why they should stop being a passenger in their own lives. That’s all well and good, and there are quite a few people who don’t want to live life on autopilot. They want more and they would like to experience meaningful growth in their personal and professional lives. However, they can’t ever seem to access the growth they’re after. So what’s the problem?

The problem is mindset. Mindset is a fundamental part of how people view themselves, others, and their relationships with others. It also has a significant impact on how people make decisions in both their professional lives and personal lives.

This article is all about helping people identify when their mindset in sabotaging their growth and provide a clear picture on how to form a mindset that will lead towards meaningful growth.

  1. Why Mindset Is Everything
  2. Signs That Your Mindset is Sabotaging Your Growth
  3. How to Change Your Mindset So You Can Access Meaningful Growth

Why Mindset Is Everything

Living a stagnant life is just about the worst thing that can happen to people. They get stuck in their mindset about work, about their lives, and ultimately they end up dead after living out their years doing the same thing over and over and over. Mindset is the primary reason why so many people are suffering from meaninglessness. Unfortunately, these people realize what they’re doing, and they’re totally okay with it. This article is not for these people because they would prefer comfort over progress.

On the other hand you’ve got the group of people who want more in life. They’re willing to take risks, put in work, and set their egos aside in order to experience meaningful growth. In order to sustain the level of effort and discipline over time it is absolutely essential that you have a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is a person’s mindset about the belief that their skills and abilities can be developed through personal effort, good teaching, and persistence. This means the individual believes they have the power to change their life for the better.

A person who has a growth mindset believes that all people have unlimited possibilities if they work hard and invest in their future. A person with a growth mindset believes that it is his or her responsibility to manage his or her own thoughts and feelings, as well as take personal responsibility for present experiences. A person with a growth mindset also believes that determination and effort will lead to success. They do not believe in self-handicapping by expecting failure before taking action on something they perceive as difficult.

If you set yourself up with this growth mindset then you’re going to be more likely to take risks, work harder than most people, and always do what you can to improve yourself. You’re also going to believe that your chances of success are pretty good as long as you stay persistent. These are all key characteristics for having meaningful growth in your personal and professional lives.

Signs That Your Mindset is Sabotaging Your Growth

While having a properly dialed in growth mindset is fantastic, it’s common for people experience slow incremental shifts from a growth mindset into a mindset that’s ideal for accessing meaningful growth. Again, accessing meaningful personal and professional growth is experienced over time and it comes at a high cost. Given this shift away from your ideal growth mindset can occur slowly over time this presents rather significant challenge because it’s difficult to spot these subtle shifts in mindset over time. This is why it’s so important to be on the lookout for any of these signs because if left unattended your mindset can sabotage your mission of attaining meaningful personal and professional growth. Here are some signs to be on the look out for that serve as the tale-tale indicators your mindset is sabotaging your path towards growth.

1. A lack of desire to learn new things

If you aren’t willing to learn new things that can help you succeed then what’s the point of even trying? If there’s no desire for learning and growth than your mindset is not conducive to obtaining the meaningful growth you seek. Strong self-awareness is critical in understanding whether or not a lack of desire for learning will be a problem.

Complaining & refusal to take action

This is extremely common with people who have slipped to a fixed mindset. If you’re complaining about your situation then you may be on a path to a victim mentality. Worse is when you complain about your circumstances, but are unwilling to put in the effort to change your circumstances.

Fear of taking risks

This fear typically manifests itself as excuses or a lack of knowledge on how to overcome risk and challenges. It’s easy to fear taking risk, but in order to have meaningful growth you need to take some risks. If you’re letting your fear of uncertainty prevent you from taking risks and experiencing forward movement then you’re sabotaging yourself.

A false projection of confidence

This is one of the most common signs that your mindset is sabotaging you for growth. Many people start to spend quite a bit of effort towards projecting themselves as being super confident. Normally, this is an overextension aimed at covering up known of subconsciously known inadequacies.

Your discipline is slipping

The thing about doing the hard things is that they’re hard. Your motivation and enthusiasm will come and go, and it can’t be depended on. You have to trust in discipline if you want to see the acquisition of meaningful growth through. If your discipline is wavering then you’re mindset needs to be checked.

Giving up too easily

Are you giving up too easily when the going gets tough? Are you folding over too easily when you know you’ve got the strength in you? If you’re looking for meaningful growth then you need to have a mindset that’s ready to push itself through the hard times, and if you’re folding too easily it’s likely your mindset is off.

5. Negative self-talk

I know all about negative self-talk. I personally get all in my head sometimes and do not speak kindly to myself. How is that you can expect to be a victor when you’re talking shit about yourself? If you’re in this negative self-talk headspace then you’ve mindset is off.

6. Self-handicapping

Self-handicapping is a bitch of a thing. We deep-six ourselves when we expect failure before we even begin to take any action. Why do we do this mentality? Do we really not believe that we have the ability, drive, grit, and determination to achieve success. This is what it looks like when life kicks us in the nuts over and over, and we believe that we’re not enough. It’s not true and this can be a killer in terms of keeping people from accessing the meaningful growth they’re after.

How to Change Your Mindset So You Can Access Meaningful Growth

So, the question becomes how do you get your mindset back on track to access meaningful growth? Well, it’s not easy but it can be done. Let me share with you some strategies I personally use to maintain a great mindset for personal and professional growth.

1. Read regularly

Regular reading of books is super important for maintaining a growth mindset. You’re exercising your brain by reading, which keeps it at peak performance for when you really need to use it in an intense way. When your mind is at its best then you can push through any mental barriers that are causing you problems during the pursuit of growth.

2. Challenge yourself regularly

It’s important to keep pushing yourself in your daily life. Make it a goal to do the things that make you uncomfortable, or areas in which you feel inadequate. These are growth opportunities in disguise, and they’re there for you when you need them most if you can learn to see them.

3. Get in contact with former mentors

When my mindset is in the gutter I reach out to my former mentors and get their mentorship. It’s a big deal when you have the opportunity to be coached by people that know more than you do about a subject or topic. I take advantage of this as often as possible because it always helps me get back on track.

4. Find positive accounts

When I read positive accounts, I read the kinds of things that inspire me to be a better person. This helps me get in touch with positive messages about life and it gives my mindset a healthy injection of good attitudes to keep pushing forward in a meaningful way.

5. Find negative accounts

The other thing I do is find negative accounts. These are usually people that are struggling with life, and I put myself in their shoes. This is where empathy comes into play, because if I can imagine what they’re feeling then it might help me understand my own feelings of inadequacy or failure, which is often where the problem lies.

6. Find accounts that scare you

When you find these negative accounts it’s important to find some that scare you. When I read these kinds of stories they really bother me because my blood is boiling with anger over being treated poorly or dealt a bad hand. When I read them I’m reminded of just how lucky I am, and that allows me to lift up my head and push through whatever mental barriers are holding me back.

Don’t let your mindset get in the way of your personal and professional growth. If you’re feeling stressed, inadequate, or frustrated with life then it’s probably time to start making some changes to get on track with accessing the meaningful growth that’s available for you. A great place to start is by pushing through limiting attitudes and maintaining a growth mindset that will serve you well.

Final Thoughts

Many people are looking for some real meaningful growth in their personal and professional lives but they can’t access that growth because their mindset is off. If you want real meaningful growth in your personal and professional life you need to focus on having the right mindset. This blog is all about helping people understand what it looks like when a poor mindset is getting in the way and how to change that to a positive mindset so they can attain real meaningful growth.  A great place to start changing your attitude might be by reading more books, challenging yourself regularly, or contacting former mentors who have been there before where you’re at now. The key point here is recognizing when an unhealthy mental state has come between you and your goals, which will allow you to make changes necessary for growth and success.

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