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  • Writer's pictureDevin Pena

Growth, Goals, Mindset, OH MY!

More mindset talk?

Absolutely. I really don't know if I can emphasize the importance of mindset enough. If you find this topic interesting, the Arrow coaches are all reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. We would absolutely love for you to join us so HERE is the Amazon link for the paperback version. It's also available on Audible if that's your jam!

As promised, I want to talk about how our mindset shows up in the way we set and execute our goals so you can really see what your mindset looks like in action!

Refresher time, we're specifically talking about a GROWTH versus FIXED mindset. I hope you did some deep diving last week into the way you operate and think about tasks in your life in order to discover something new about yourself and your own mindset.

A good way to decipher between the two mindsets is that growth is really focused on a positive idea of change and success, whereas a fixed mindset tends to think that things are the way they are and that's all they'll ever be.

In goal setting...

Fixed mindset shows up in someone through a concern with their in-the-moment performance. They will set goals according to that and are more worried about how their performance comes across to others.

Growth mindset shows up in goal setting with someone setting goals related to learning and their desire to improve in a specific area.

In goal operating...

Fixed mindset is more likely to blame their innate deficiencies and who they are as a person for any kind of failure. They are more likely to give up easily if they don't see results right away.

Growth mindset is more resilient in the face of their obstacles and is always seeking to learn from their mistakes.

In goal monitoring...

Fixed mindset has a much lower expectation of success and they allow their negative emotions to crop up all too easily.

Growth mindset is much more optimistic about the outcomes of their goals and has a high expectation of their success as long as they put in the work.

Based on this information, think about your abilities and thoughts when it comes to setting goals and taking action toward them.

  • Do you base your goals on your in-the-moment performance or do you tend to invest in the long haul, focusing on learning and a desire to improve? ​

  • Do you give up easily if you don't see results right away or do you learn from your mistakes? ​

  • Do you have low or high expectations for yourself when it comes to success and putting in the work?

If you find that in most areas of life, you tend to lean towards a fixed mindset, THAT'S OK! The good news about our brains is we can literally mold them based on our thoughts, habits, behaviors, and attributes, which we will talk more about soon!

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