Our mindset not only plays in a role in dictating what happens in our life, our mindset also plays a significant role in dictating how we feel about what happens in our life.
When faced with adversity or challenges, our mindset, coupled with our programming, can kick out things like limiting beliefs, victim mentalities, negativity expressed inward or outwardly, defeating thoughts, self-sabotaging activities. Alternatively, our mindset, when faced with adversity and tuned correctly, can kick out things like positive thoughts, perseverance, resiliency, self-accountability, self-determination, self-responsibility.
The difference between the two outcomes is what researcher Carol Dweck, Ph.D. calls a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, respectively.
In the workplace, a growth mindset person typically looks forward to taking on challenges, growing, and advancing themselves in all ways possible. They learn from defeat, are curious about areas where they could get better, and are constantly trying to improve themselves, their work production, and likely their workplace. They welcome constructive feedback, can extrapolate and distill the feedback into useful information they can synthesize into making themselves or their workplace better, and they’re capable of learning and/or growing in order to meet the moment or opportunity. They don’t typically like (or need) to be micromanaged.
Employees with a fixed mindset may micromanage others or prefer to be micromanaged. They may dislike change, avoid taking risks, and feel defeated and fearful when they get something “wrong” or make a mistake because they tend to believe the mistake is a reflection of them versus just a mistake or an error based on a lack of knowledge or information (that can be remedied). Additionally, fixed mindset employees may feel like they are being criticized when someone provides constructive feedback or alternative ideas, which means they may want to advance in their careers but can’t and so they feel “overlooked” or like others are getting the promotions over them (or someone else is holding them back); they may feel resentful about their employment status.
At Culture Consulting Solutions™, we help employees determine if they are fixed mindset employees or growth mindset employees, and we give them the tools to assist them in making this assessment, objectively, not just in the workplace but in the various other aspects of their lives because we’ve learned that self-awareness is the first step to changing patterned ways of being that don’t feel good or don’t yield the desired results.
What employees see as they work their way through this process with us is that their mindset will often dictate if they will overcome their adversities and the challenges that life throws their way, how fast they will overcome life’s challenges, and how living through challenges will feel (e.g. inspiring, painful, motivating, horrific, etc).
Employees begin to see that our mindset dictates the lens by which we view everything we experience and, therefore, it holds the power to dictate our experiences. Two people can look at the same hardship and see two different things: someone with a growth mindset can feel excitement and see opportunity (they can see progress even amid the current pain) whereas someone with a limited/fixed mindset may only see the setbacks and feel only the associated pain (they can’t see or get excited about the opportunity to be better/stronger simply because they’re limited and fixed in their thinking or in the perspective).
Your employees don’t have to break or become demotivated when they’re given negative feedback, or leave your employ because they don’t feel like they’re good enough or valued enough. You can give them the tools to shift their mindset so that they can grow safely into the next best version of themselves, and you can build an organizational culture that values true growth (not just career advancement but happy, well-rounded, and grounded people), is rich with humility, and complete with the tools to path people on their road to growing as people, employees, and members of this world.
One of the greatest motivators for us in doing this work is knowing that just because someone has a fixed mindset now, doesn’t mean they’ll have it tomorrow. We’ve learned that sometimes all a person needs is to realize their limited mindset and be given a few alternative ways to think about the same situation and they instantly begin thinking, and then feeling, and then acting differently. Our mindsets can be game changers in every aspect of our lives. As we change our mind, we change our reality.
If you’re interested in having Culture Consulting Solutions™ work with your employees on mindset strategies and how your employees can make adversity their best friend, struggle their greatest ally, and defeat their strategic roadmap for advancing themselves and their careers, please contact us today. It would be our honor to support you and them.