Written By: Paul VanderGriendt, Event Management Coordinator
Mentorship Session Diary. Entry 09
Life isn’t complete without challenges and setbacks. How we approach these situations and how we are able to learn and grow from our experiences can define us as individuals. A growth mindset is something we can use to set ourselves up for success and allow us to seize opportunities. A growth mindset means that we are open minded about the perspectives of others. It means that we push ourselves to be better by leaving our comfort zone. It means that we are willing to be thoughtful, ask questions and always seek to do more.
Fear of failure is something that can hold us back from new experiences, from opportunities and ultimately from success. Having a growth mindset will enable us to change our own perspective on “failure” and how we approach difficult situations. Every experience we have is a learning opportunity if we approach it the correct way. We won’t be able to find immediate success or gratification in every risk we take. But with every risk, we gain new knowledge, experience and confidence that allows us to move forward as stronger people. Being reflective of our own journey and challenging ourselves to do better will prevent us from staying static and avoiding change.
Ultimately, it is up to us as individuals to make the choice not to be stuck in a fixed mindset. We have to show a willingness to put ourselves out there and make mistakes. Sometimes unlearning what we have always thought to be true can be difficult. But that can be what it takes to unlock a new perspective and progress on our journey. Achieving difficult things is supposed to be difficult and we have to make an intentional effort to reach our goals. Keeping ourselves in a fixed mindset can put limits on our achievements, but when we choose to have a growth mindset… opportunity awaits.