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Many of my clients are doubling down on their career focus after the past year of lockdown. And it makes absolute sense because, after a year of restrictions and uncertainty, this feels like a fresh start and an opportunity to tackle things with renewed optimism and focus.

So today, let’s look at the topic of getting results. Not simply results from your daily targets and objectives, but ‘big’ results in your career as a whole. And let’s look more specifically at the role that your mindset plays in achieving (or inhibiting) these results.

The importance of mindset

Your mindset determines the way that you see the world, and your attitude towards everything in it – your work, relationships, direction, self-esteem, health and more. The way you perceive the world around you defines how you are treated by others, and how you react towards everything that comes your way.

Understanding your mindset

There are two broad types of mindset; a fixed mindset and a flexible one. Those with fixed mindsets view themselves as having a static set of traits. They believe that characteristics such as creativity, intelligence, ability and character cannot be meaningfully altered. As such, success – or failure – is the result of their abilities and traits. People who have this approach believe that their nature cannot be changed, and they constantly strive for success.

Those who have a growth mindset have a more flexible attitude. They see challenges as opportunities and obstacles as something to overcome. They believe that failure is an opportunity for growth and personal development.

Why mindset matters

Research [1] suggests that our mindset affects everything about the way we choose to live our life. When we believe that we have fixed assets, a powerful sense of urgency is created, where the individual wants to constantly prove themselves.

When we have a flexible growth mindset, we will recognise that our qualities can be developed through personal work and efforts. We see that application and experience create growth. At the same time, we recognise that external factors come into play when it comes to success or failure.

How a fixed mindset can hold us back

When we adopt a fixed mindset, we often hold ourselves back – berating ourselves when things go wrong. But with a growth mindset, we are likely to be more forgiving, more flexible, and better attuned to taking risks, accepting that growth often includes setbacks, and being prepared to put in the work to develop new skills.

For example, those with a fixed mindset will usually give up on something new if they can’t immediately do it. Those with a growth mindset will keep trying until they improve, developing an attitude of lifelong learning and continuous improvement. They are more likely to take on new projects, to volunteer for challenges and to be more open to fresh ideas.

Where are you at?

After reading this description of the different mindsets, you might have an instinct as to which position you currently take. Are you feeling happy and fulfilled in your career and eager to grow, or are you getting stressed at the prospect of new technologies, younger ‘rivals’ and a sense that you aren’t achieving as much as you would like to?

Do you feel happy and fulfilled or frustrated and depressed?

I can help you to identify where your mindset currently sits – and what’s more, if you have a fixed mindset, I can help you to develop the tools and techniques needed to adjust it. Yes, the good news is that anyone can develop a rewarding growth mindset with the right tools and techniques – from nurturing the right relationships to applying self-reflection methods and using powerful techniques to let go of unwanted old behaviours.

Get in touch

Make this the year that you enjoy real career results by addressing your mindset. Contact me today for a private and supportive 121 coaching session.

[1] https://www.mindsetworks.com/science/

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