Most of us have read and appreciated thought provoking motivational quotes on what all we can achieve in life if only we could believe in it. Do we practice it?
As an enabler to many entrepreneurs I have worked with, I came to realize that a fixed mindset is one of the most perilous attributes of ours that stop us from achieving what we want to achieve. A fixed mindset constantly stops us and tells us how risky the act could be, how incapable we are to achieve it. Our mind reminds us how the industry is flooded with competition and how all your efforts to build something are going to be in vain. So the next time you react to your setback defensively, wanting to hide it, wanting to make up excuses for it, you know you are in a fixed mindset.
While we are talking about the fixed mindset how could we miss on the lizard? Wondering what I’m talking about? Well, it’s related. A small part of our brain called the amygdala is also referred to as the lizard brain. It’s that part of our brain responsible for fear, anger and negativity. The lizard brain is responsible for our flight or fight reasoning. This small part of our brain wants to control our entire life. It is that part that tells us that we need a plan B, that our new idea will get us fired or bankrupt and that we should just sit down and do what we’re doing.
The good news is that we can manage our mindset. All that’s needed is to identify the lizard brain. So the next time your mind tells you to procrastinate or be overly critical of your work – do exactly the opposite. Embrace failures.
Moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset coupled with execution is all it takes to get where we want to be. As a growth-mindset entrepreneur we are never self-defined. Instead, we embrace the journey and believe that the results will follow. With a growth mindset we tend to show long-term resilience, repeated innovation and the necessary drive for future enduring success and that’s a great win.