Change your mind to grow

These growth mindset tactics will help you recover faster from a setback and improve your ability to take criticism.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Can you change the way you think about yourself and your mindset? Or improve how you feel just by altering your thoughts?

Turns out... yes.

Your brain is malleable and constantly adjusting. This (thankfully) gives you the ability to learn and adapt throughout life. But, sometimes, your thought patterns get the better of you.

The fixed mindset

Throughout life, people have probably commented on your abilities — a parent saying you're smart, a teacher recognizing you were good at math, a boss calling you a hard worker.

Over time, these messages can "fix" how you see yourself. People call you smart, so you must be. Eventually, this view of yourself will slam into life's inevitable failures or criticisms. What happens then?

The fixed mind interprets common setbacks and mistakes as a personal shortcoming or lack of ability. This results in:

  • Negative emotions
  • Self-doubt
  • Blaming of others
  • Quickness to give up
  • Avoidance of challenges in the future

Fortunately, your mindset doesn't have to be fixed for life.

March 06, 2018 See more In-depth