2020 was an unprecedented year due the global pandemic, a heated political sphere, and how each impacted our daily work lives. We have created a ‘new normal’ in how we do almost everything in our everyday routines. As the new year is upon us and businesses are slowly re-opening in the light of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are beginning to readjust their mindset to going back to an office environment. But that office environment will no longer be just as it was.
When preparing to enter this ‘new normal,’ it is imperative to take a step back to examine your mindset. Your mindset includes your perspective, beliefs, attitude, and values that define your thoughts and actions. Each action that you take is a culmination of your thoughts and beliefs. Therefore, if you have a fixed, rigid, or negative mindset about these changes, you may experience roadblocks in the workplace as a leader. A growth mindset is what will set leaders apart in the coming months.
Having a ‘fixed mindset’ can hinder a leader from taking on challenges as they might not feel prepared or fear failure in front of others. This fear can impede your growth in the workplace and hold you back from potential opportunities to grow. With a growth mindset, you can begin to enjoy a challenge as it provides you a new way to learn and grow as a leader. Looking at this ‘new normal’ as a challenge will invigorate those with growth mindsets and allow them to thrive in the change.
There are many ways that you can work on shifting from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. Here are the top 5 ways to develop a growth mindset that we recommend you try!
- Acknowledge and Embrace Imperfections.
Accepting and appreciating your imperfections is just as important as emphasizing your strengths. Not only should you acknowledge and embrace imperfections in yourself, but also others. Hiding from your weaknesses is the best way to guarantee that you will never face and overcome them. By acknowledging and embracing them, you can break the power they hold over your mindset and help you succeed despite those imperfections.
- Pay Attention to Your Words and Thoughts.
Start to pay attention to what you say and think. If your thoughts and words are gloomy and dark, it will result in negative or downtrodden actions. Acknowledge your thoughts and flip the narrative into a more positive one. By replacing these negative thoughts with more positive ones, you can begin to build a growth mindset. Replace judgment with acceptance, hate with compassion, frustration with pleasure. Set the intention to think higher thoughts and hold yourself accountable to this goal.
- Take Steps to Deepen Your Authenticity.
By pretending to be someone you are not, it diminishes what you have to offer to others and the company where you are employed. Becoming genuinely authentic is a process that will not occur overnight. Still, like paying attention to your words and thoughts, it is a process that will only be more and more beneficial in the long run. Once you deepen your authenticity, you will be more likely to work hard, pursue your true goals and cultivate a growth mindset.
- Cultivate a Sense of Purpose.
On your path to deepen your authenticity, take a step back to find your purpose. Some individuals may already feel as though their life is purpose driven. Even if that is true, it is essential to define for yourself what the definition encompasses clearly. Once you have your purpose, then you must pursue it. This pursuit is what will help you build your growth mindset.
- Treat Criticism as a Gift.
Receiving criticism may initially feel like a negative experience. It can be hurtful and make you feel as though you have failed. The purpose of criticism is to make things better. Other outside perspectives can see what you are doing from a different angle and may have valuable suggestions on how to improve that you might not have thought of before. If you are open to these suggestions, it is a great way to develop your growth mindset quickly.