Growth vs. Fixed Mindset: How Mindset Can Get You Closer to Your Goals

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If you’re struggling on your wellness journey and you want to make a change, then it’s time to start thinking about your mindset. By evaluating and perhaps reshaping, the way you think about yourself and your abilities, you can change the way you live your life—allowing you to get closer to hitting your health and wellness goals.

And if you’re looking to make lasting and positive changes in your life, a growth mindset can help you get there.

Woman deep in thought | Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset: what are the differences?

A growth mindset is a way of thinking about your abilities. It’s the belief that, with effort and practice, you can develop certain skills in your life – like putting together a Tik Tok video with your kids or finishing a crossword puzzle in 10 minutes. The opposite of this is a fixed mindset, where you see your abilities as innate or predetermined.

When you have a growth mindset, you know that you can always improve. You don’t give up when things don’t go your way; instead, you find ways to work around it and keep going. When something doesn’t work out the way you have planned, when someone says something unkind to you or when life throws curveballs at you, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Having a growth mindset can help you deal with these challenges in a constructive way.

Woman hitting alarm clock | Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Having a growth mindset helps you cope with setbacks.

How can having a growth mindset help me stay motivated when I want to see change? Let’s look at some examples where having a growth mindset could make all the difference when setbacks or challenges arrive:

  1. Preparing home-cooked meals vs. takeout
    • You have set a goal to prepare more meals at home and have even downloaded several delicious recipes and stocked your refrigerator for the week ahead. Monday hits and you’re doing well but an issue has popped up at work on Tuesday and you don’t get home until 8 pm. The last thing you want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen, so you order takeout and call it a night. The next morning your growth mindset kicks in, and you repurpose some of the ingredients from the night before to make a quick grab-and-go salad or prepare a double batch of the meal to save for later. You have found a way to make the situation work so you do not have to cook every night.
  2. You feel sore after a few days on a new workout program
    • A friend has recommended a new workout that she has seen results from. It’s a progressive, full-body workout and you’re excited to have something new to try. The workouts are challenging but you get through the first few days. However, when your alarm goes off at 6 am on Thursday you’re feeling sore and unmotivated. After a cup of coffee, your growth mindset appears. You head to your workout space and do some light stretches. You’re actually starting to feel better and are ready to try the workout for the day.
Woman looking in the fridge | Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Having a growth mindset makes it easier to manage setbacks in your journey. You realize that you will not be able to cook every night, so you prep a grab-and-go salad or stock leftovers. You realize that the morning soreness is your body adapting to physical change from the workout, as it should be doing, and that you are actually seeing progress.

Every time you feel like giving up on your goals because progress is taking too long or not happening the way you want it to, try to remind yourself that this is all part of the process and nothing more than a temporary setback on the journey toward achieving your overall goal.

Having a growth mindset helps you set goals and stick to them.

So, what is your goal? Maybe you’re looking to lose some of that stubborn belly fat, or you want to join your friends in an upcoming 5K race but haven’t run in years. Or you could be looking to add more fiber to your diet. Whatever the ultimate outcome is, it helps to have goals!

  • Set goals that are challenging but achievable
  • Write your goals down and make them public
  • Think about your goals every day
  • Make sure you have a plan to achieve your goals
  • Make sure you have the right mindset, skills, and opportunities to achieve them
Blank weekly meal planner with bowls of ingredients | Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

A growth mindset will help you organize and manage your goals, making it easier for you to stay the course and possibly develop new skills along the way.

If you want to make lasting positive changes in your life, consider how your mindset can help you get there.

A growth mindset will help you set and manage your goals in addition to dealing with challenges along the way. You celebrate the wins, you don’t fret the temporary setbacks, and you understand that this is all part of the process on your journey.

It’s also important to note that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Each person has different needs based on their unique experience, so it’s important for each person to experiment with different strategies until they find what works best for them personally—and then commit themselves fully!

In the end, how you commit to your mindset and your attitude toward health, wellness and goal setting is as important if not more important than the meals you consume or the workouts you do. So, are you ready to embrace a growth mindset today?

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