What can we do to develop mastery of our growth mindset?
In this blog, we’ll cover three key habits and advanced strategies you need to adopt if you want to master your growth mindset and belief about yourself that says, “I can learn and grow. My abilities are not limited to what they are currently and I know I can get better.”
We get to make new decisions about how our thoughts are shaped and how we treat ourselves and other people each day.
We get to decide what our beliefs will be around ourselves, our capabilities, and our circumstances.
The growth mindset comes from a commitment to personal development, a willingness to recognize your strengths and potential to grow, and honoring yourself through all parts of the process.
Before we get into the three key habits and strategies, let’s break down why your mindset is so important.
Mindset can be defined as:
“The beliefs that we hold about our abilities, whether we think they are set in stone (the fixed mindset) or can be cultivated (the growth mindset).” 
While there are many definitions, I also like to define mindset as your perspective. It’s how you view the world around you - and inside of you (more on that later when we talk about mindsight).
Well, to start, your brain is involved in everything you do and everything you are, so our mindset plays a major role in whether we reach our full potential or not.
In sports, the difference between a good athlete and a great athlete isn’t purely determined by skill, talent or even experience. What separates them is their mindset.
Athletes and coaches largely agree that the mental aspect of sports is more critical than the physical aspect to become a winner. However, the large majority only trains their physiology, not psychology.
The most successful athletes and teams make time to train their minds, which directly impacts their physical performance and ability to win.
The growth mindset is based on research by Professor Carol Dweck at Stanford University and is backed by neuroscience. It’s also one of the foundations of positive psychology – that we can learn optimism, develop our strengths, and grow our happiness.
Basically, it’s a formula for success.
1. Notice and recognize the signals to grow.
When there is a problem in your life, that is a signal to grow. Disengagement looks like procrastination, overwhelm, and an inability to change.
Disengagement is the tell of the fixed mindset. When things get hard, you need to engage and see the possibilities of growth and change.
Self-doubt is not bad, it makes us humble. Self-doubt is just a signal that there is room to grow, develop, and practice more. Don’t stop, engage and get better.
You need to learn to be more kind to yourself and understand that you are human, and you will face problems and hurdles on your journey.
You have so many signals coming at you, use those to re-engage and try, not stop. There are two areas in which these signals pop up: problems and possibilities.
It is your job to pay attention and listen for these, and engage with them in order to grow.
2. Watch and observe others with admiration.
People with a real advanced growth mindset can compare themselves to others without hating themselves.
Ask yourself, “What is the practice that they have that I have not yet implemented consistently?”
Your ambition is to grow more into those practices. Be curious about other people’s practices. What are they doing that is successful and something you can adapt and emulate into your own life?
You can model other people’s behaviors without wanting to be just like them.
3. Actively seek feedback.
You need to actively seek feedback and address the problem at hand. For example, you can ask yourself, “How can I do this better?”
Opening yourself up to feedback on a consistent basis is imperative to your growth mindset because the support system around you is full of good ideas and input.
It is hard for some, but accept that you are not perfect and have room to grow. Ask for your peers’ opinions and feedback because we can learn so much from each other.
You can’t grow at the speed of your full potential without this feedback. You need to care about others’ opinions because they are there for input, guidance, and ideas; even if you don’t agree.
Keep an open mind to others’ views to continue developing a greater growth mindset. You will gain perspective, influence, and leadership.
Your mindset is everything. It all starts with your mind. If you want to perform at your best, then you need to 1) adopt a growth mindset and 2) master it.
Continue learning, growing, and achieving greatness within all areas of your life. If you remember the following formula, then you’ll accelerate your growth:
Progress = Happiness.
If you leave this section with only one takeaway, I hope it’s this:
“I can learn, grow and achieve. My abilities are not limited to what they currently are. I can get better and I have way more potential than I probably think.”
We get to make new decisions about how our thoughts are shaped and how we treat ourselves and the people around us each day. We get to decide what our beliefs will be around ourselves, our capabilities, and our circumstances.
Having a growth mindset isn’t an “easy button” solution to any problem, and it will not automatically cause good things to happen to you; however, it will likely make it easier and more enjoyable to work hard toward your goals, and give you the confidence you need to set ever more ambitious goals.
Your growth mindset comes from a commitment to personal development, a willingness to recognize your strengths and potential to grow, and honoring yourself through all the different parts of the process.
“I always felt that my greatest asset was not my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” – Bruce Jenner