Growth Mindset: 6 Keys To Unlock Your Potential

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I learned something really amazing today.

This afternoon I interviewed Dr. Carol Dweck, a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. She’s a guest expert for my upcoming Sticky Habits Course.

Dr. Dweck has spent decades researching achievement and success, and through her research she’s discovered something groundbreaking — the power of our mindset. She has learned that talent and skills aren’t the only elements of success. A major factor is whether we have what she calls a “fixed” mindset or a “growth” mindset.

Those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence, qualities and abilities are set in stone, but they have an urgency to prove those qualities over and over. The main goal is to appear smart and capable and to avoid failure at all costs. When these people do fail, they view it as a direct measure of their competence and self-worth. People with a fixed mindset are often overly sensitive to appearing wrong or being judged.

People with a growth mindset have another approach to life entirely. Says Dr. Dweck in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, “In this mindset, the hand you’re dealt is just the starting point for development. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although people may differ in every which way — in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments — everyone can change and grow through application and experience.” (more…)

Self-Motivated? 4 Science-Based Secrets To Achievement And Success

self-motivatedI run every other day.

However, only about a quarter of the time do I feel motivated to run before I begin. Even less so in the winter. It’s cold outside, and I’m quite comfortable inside. Most of the time, I’d rather stay put than put on my running clothes and push my body…. Continue Reading…

Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

positive thoughtsHow often do you catch yourself in a positive thinking loop?

Are there days when your thoughts are so constantly positive, self-affirming, and confident that you feel upbeat and happy all day?

I’d bet the opposite scenario occurs far more often than the one I just described. I bet on any given day, you could… Continue Reading…

Fear Of Failure: 4 Steps To Tame It And Use It For Success

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A guest post by James Johnson

Failure.

After spiders and heights, it’s the most common fear in the world. It’s big, it’s scary, and it’s the elephant in the room with all of your new ventures and life challenges.

Truth be told? You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys failure. It’s a painful experience we… Continue Reading…

10 Unexpected Ways To Become A Happy Person

happy personMost people spend a lot of time being unhappy.

If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you’ll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general.

Those statistics are daunting and sad. We… Continue Reading…

Words Of Encouragement: 50 Quotes To Give You A Boost

Words of encouragementI used to read a book to my kids called, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend has deserted him, there’s no dessert in his lunch bag, and he’s served lima beans for dinner.

Are there days when you can relate… Continue Reading…