I thought so long about it yesterday after reading an article that chronicled some of the major reasons people hold themselves back from world-class.
One obstacle stood out.
It was peculiar. In the sense that even if all others clear off, this one is still strong enough to hold one back.
The strongly held belief that interprets not yets as a failure.
And so brings about what psychologists know as learned helplessness.
That mindset alone can hold just anyone in mediocrity for a lifetime.
Read all the books, watch all the self-help videos, attend all the seminars you can, BUT… if you refuse to let that mindset go, you might perpetually remain a captive of mediocrity for a long time.
The end result of that thinking is potent enough to neutralize all the motivation and inspiration there’s that took you enormous effort and time to build.
You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?
So listen, there’s only one way out.
The part is it is up to you.
Only you can bring yourself out of a fixed mindset.
The only way out of that prison is…
A growth mindset.
What’s a growth mindset?
A fixed mindset turned upside down.
The mind that interprets failures as not yet.
And so brings about what psychologists call learned optimism.
A belief that even when you try and didn’t get it just means that you didn’t get it yet.
But that with effort and learning you will definitely get it.
Nelson Mandela was so apt when he said:
“I never fail. I either win or I learn.”
That’s the only antidote against a fixed mindset _ the strongest chain holding most people from world-class achievement.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”
World-class success isn’t reserved for a few. It’s for everyone( including you).
But the only way we advance toward it is by a mind that sees failure not as a dead-end but as an opportunity to try again more intelligently.