The Mindset to Grow

Recognize When You Feel Fixed

Any with any problem, the first step in resolving it is recognizing that you have it. There are several techniques to help you recognize any degree of a fixed mindset.

Recognize That Change is Possible

No matter how fixed your mindset, no matter how long it has been that way, your brain is nevertheless capable of growth, change, and learning. That’s how brains work.

  1. Recognize that believing in the possibility of change is a more positive way to live. It leads to hope, and hope opens the door to improvement. If you believe change is not possible, you’re doomed to a future that simply echoes the disappointments of your past.
  2. Accept the science. Psychologists have conducted countless studies that show change is not only possible, it’s downright common. What’s more, studies show that a positive outlook leads to better health and longer life.
  3. Accept the anecdotes. There are countless stories circulating among family, friends, and the media recounting how individuals experienced profound changes for the better. Some changes come from external events, some come from internal realizations or experiences. Sometimes, people change just because they decide to.

Try a Small Change

The ability to change never dies, but it does become weaker with disuse. That’s why you shouldn’t expect to go from your current level of a fixed mindset to total flexibility and growth in a single step.

  • Take a simple starter course (golf?, computers?, art?, dance?) or learn a new skill
  • Join a new group and try to learn what makes the other members tick
  • Go someplace you’ve never been and dig into its history and culture
  • Spend a few hours exploring your friends’ favorite reading material



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Robert Moskowitz

Robert Moskowitz


Robert Moskowitz is a successful, award-winning writer and consultant, and the author of “How to Organize Your Work and Your Life.”