"We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are." Oprah Winfrey
For as long as I can remember I have always been on a constant quest to grow and learn in my personal and professional life. A combination of an inner competitive edge and a growth mindset continues to push me to become a better version of myself.
Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Are you aware of the difference and the impact it has on you and those around you?
“Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.” Dr Carol S. Dweck
According to Dr Carol S. Dweck, someone who has a fixed mindset holds a deterministic view of the world and is less likely to achieve their full potential. They assume that their intelligence, creative ability and character are all fixed and cannot be changed. These people avoid challenges, give up easily when facing obstacles, resist effort, ignore criticism and feel threatened by other people’s success.
In contrast, people who possess a growth mindset believe that their intelligence can be developed so will tackle new challenges, show persistence overcoming obstacles, put in effort, learn from constructive feedback and learn from and be inspired by others.
One of the core distinctions Dweck made between the two mindsets is that the growth mindset creates a passion for learning rather than a hunger for approval. Dweck also spent years studying attitude and performance and proved that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ.
I love doing online personality tests and IQ quizzes however a recent test I took was different as the EQ-i 2.0 model is supported by decades of research and is the world’s leading measure of emotional intelligence. Understanding how you perform in all areas of EQ will really help you to learn more about how you operate emotionally and how you work with others.
The model identifies your natural strengths where you function effectively and how these positive qualities impact your behaviours. The results show how both the high and lower scores may be potentially costing you in professional and personal situations.
With these insights you will have a deeper understanding of how you see yourself, how you relate to others, how you manage stress, make decisions and express yourself.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou
Focus on growth and learning.
Focus on what leadership roles in life you undertake and who you help by doing so.
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