The Power of a Growth Mindset Part two of a series

Your company has just upgraded its computer system and it’s doing your head in. You loved the old system. You had your head around it and could almost do your job with your eyes closed. Now you’re forced to reinvent your job to new software and as far as you’re concerned it’s not software at all; it’s way too hardware. Sound familiar? It might not be that exact scenario, but we’ve all had our work goal posts moved just when our job was curving perfectly in the wind. But as is always the way, when we think we know our job inside and out, someone somewhere in the organisation goes and changes everything.

The ‘I’m taking my ball home’ response

It might seem like the appropriate reaction when you’re confronted with ‘it wasn’t broken, why fix it?’ changes to your comfy working day – you have a fit and refuse to embrace anything other than the nearest neck. However that, in all its stubborn, resentful glory, is a fixed mindset.

The All Purpose Adaptor response

You could, however, accept change, welcome it. You may as well, because one thing’s for sure – change will be the most consistent thing in your life. Think of all the reasons why change is good. If you know your job inside out, you’re one step away from boredom. Change challenges, invigorates and rewards us with new skills met head on and mastered. Change makes us better people. So roll with it and enjoy it. That’s a growth mindset. In fact, rising to the challenge, growing and developing turns out to be one of the most rewarding and satisfying ways to live life.

You are what you think you can be

“I was born this way.” “I’ve always been like this.” “I’m just set in my ways.” Which one of those statements is most likely to help you realise your full potential? Answer: none of the above. How about these: “I can learn.” “I can change.” “I can achieve when I set my mind to it.” While such profound confidence should stop short of trying to fly or breathe underwater, it’s the only way to think if you intend to be the best ‘you’ you can be.

Let’s play Spot the Difference

Fixed mindset: “I wish I could paint, but creativity doesn’t run in my family. We’re accountants through and through.” Growth mindset: “I’m going to take art classes at night school, develop my skills and learn the craft. Who knows, I might be able to substitute ledgers for landscapes!” Fixed mindset: “I’m the only original staff member in this department; everyone else has been promoted. I’ll be stuck here forever.” Growth mindset: “There’s a reason I’m still here and haven’t been promoted. I’m going to find out what I need to do better and progress as far as I can in this company.”  Confront your faults with honesty and intent. Embrace your weaknesses with the will to win. In no time your weaknesses will be your strengths and your biggest strength will be an all-pervading and empowering mindset of growth and newfound possibilities.


Here’s to a world of happiness!

Dylan Forbes, B.Sc. Psych (Hon.), Pr. AINLP

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