Discovering if you or someone you know is maintaining a fixed mindset is easiest when you use fixed mindset examples. Very often people think a fixed mindset is something that they cannot change. But this is because they are looking at it from a fixed mindset. I know, I know, that sounds too simplistic, but it is the truth. A fixed mindset holds you captive and makes you feel safe.
A fixed mindset is a comfortable place for your mind to hide. It is not in most of our natures to enjoy change. Change is scary, it’s unnerving, and quite often a frustrating endeavor. So why would anyone want anything besides a fixed mindset? Because you would need to be happy with what you have, where you are, and what you know. Sadly, those with a fixed mindset, often lose the comfort of trying to avoid change because change comes anyway.
It has been said, “the only thing we can count on staying the same, is the fact that things are going to change.” But I digress, let’s start by looking at a few things that people with a fixed mindset might say:
Fixed Mindset Examples:
- It’s too late, I can’t learn that now.
- I always…
- I never…
- Oh well, it is what it is.
- This always happens.
- It’s out of my hands now.
- There’s no sense even trying if I know I’m going to fail.
- I would but, I’m not any good at this/that
- Giving feedback is selfish
- He/she is a natural
- I wish I had what they have
- Stick to what you know
What is an Example of a Fixed Mindset?
A fixed mindset is one where people believe their qualities are traits that are fixed in place. Therefore it is believed that they cannot change. These people take inventory of their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and/or improve them.
They also believe that it is simply people’s innate talent alone leads to success. Those with a fixed mind believe that people are gifted or a natural at something and excel because of that. They do not leave any room in their mind for the concept or idea that effort is not part of the equation. This thinking is in line with the concept of locus of control. They feel like a success and the lack of success is out of their locus of control.
What is a Growth Mindset and What is an Example of it?
A growth mindset, on the other hand, people maintain an underlying belief that they have an internal locus of control and hence believe their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. People will put in the effort, and time when they believe they can become smarter. It is a realization and acknowledgment that their effort has a profound effect on their success.
If you have a fixed mindset, you can shift into the mindset you want. Learn more by reading What are Mindset Shifts?
What is an Example of Success to Someone with a Fixed Mindset?
Because people who are exercising a fixed mindset believe they are only as good as they are, success is whatever level they are able to accomplish. They often do not feel successful because they use a locus of control that puts the responsibility for success outside the person. This makes jealousy in seeing other’s luck as a natural outcome for their failures.
People who operate from a place of a fixed mindset, do not experience the joy of pride of a job well done. They think things always happen for a reason, and it is what it is. It has nothing to do with the fact they did not apply themselves or try as hard as they should have to succeed at a task. How many times have you heard yourself, your friends, or loved ones using some of the fixed mindset examples?
What is a Real-Life Example of Growth Mindset?
A real-life example of a growth mindset is easiest to illustrate with a direct comparison to the fixed mindset counterpart. For instance, you may say to yourself “I can learn to cut back on my expenses and save money for my future.” This is a real-world example of a growth mindset versus saying the fixed version of the same thought, “I will never make enough money to retire.”
I also believe that all of the fixed mindset examples above are real-world, so give them another look.
Notice how the growth mindset sentence takes responsibility for their outcome in circumstances and life. But a fixed mindset pushes out the responsibility to outside sources that the person has no control over.
When you say, I can learn to… you use a position of growth. But when you say, I will never… you use a fixed position. My favorite way to illustrate the difference between the two points of view is this “If you want something different, you must do something different”. People with a fixed mindset think they just need better luck next time, so they continue to do the same thing over and over again, expecting different results each time. They keep thinking their luck will change soon. Much the same way a compulsive gambler thinks their luck is bound to change soon.
What to Do Now
I know how you feel, I used to find myself blaming everything and everyone around me for my failures. The thought that my luck has got to give soon, there’s no way things could get worse. I would struggle to try to keep my head above water each time my bills were due.
I felt like I would never get off the treadmill. The feeling I was doomed to stay frustrated my whole life haunted me. Others succeeded around me, and while I intellectually knew they were not more capable than me, they seemed to have more confidence and natural ability.
I decided I wanted to feel as happy as they looked. Thinking, if I could find just half of the confidence and success as they did, I’d be happy. I kept doing the same things I always had, but now I had a different set of expectations. I quickly grew frustrated. The truth is, I knew I wanted different results.
What I Found
I discovered that the people who were experiencing deeper levels of success were taking responsibility for their wins and losses. They set goals and voraciously pursued them. I wanted the drive and belief they had. I eventually learned the secret. They had all but eliminated their old unbeneficial limiting beliefs and replaced them with new ones that served them as pillars to build a new more successful life.
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