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A Cornerstone of Our Life

Understanding the value of a growth mindset

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“The mind is just like a muscle—the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.”

—Idowu Koyenikan

If you have a fixed mindset, you will be tempted to let a single setback define you forever. Your mindset has a significant effect on your impact and success in life, and it is not something to be undervalued. With a fixed mindset, you’ll discover yourself becoming stagnant, without the motivation to attain anything more than what you currently have.

Alternatively, if you have a growth mindset, you thrive on challenges. In many areas, this growth mindset is an ideal approach to understanding and thinking. People with growth mindsets prioritize learning as a cornerstone of their life. This mindset involves an active passion for learning but acquiring this type of mentality doesn’t mean you need to be working hard all the time. You’ll need to open yourself to the world while setting your boundaries. Ultimately, there are no limits to your achievement when you learn to control and eliminate your fear, worry, and panic, and step out of your comfort zone.

Change is ongoing, and you might not always make ideal decisions. But whether adjusting unwanted behavior or carving a new path, obtaining the right mindset can significantly impact your ability to succeed in life. Visualize the outcome or changes you wish to see happening, and embrace failure as a part of the learning process and as a chance to grow. Failure is simply the opportunity to apply added effort. Don’t be afraid to let go of things and people that no longer need to be a part of your life. Saying goodbye is vital, and each goodbye can be a blessing.

The ability to shift your mindset is a skill that will help you create desired changes and increase your effectiveness in all areas of your life. You won’t ever be done learning, and it isn’t something you can rush. To grow, you need to embrace the discomfort. The comfort zone is among the greatest enemies of human potential. If you’re getting bored with your everyday routine, it is time for a change. Even a small effort could lead to a better life. The only way you can live the life you want is to allow yourself to recognize what no longer serves you. When you truly understand that, you will hold all the tools you need to craft the life that you dream about.

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