How mindset dictates your fate?
When I was in elementary school, I learned that success in academics depends on intelligence quotient.
I thought that smart students would always become top in the class.
While the average ones like me will always be left behind.
The same belief clung in my mind until college.
As a result, I always considered myself incapable of achieving highest grade in the class.
When I came to college the competition got even bigger.
New classmates, wider and more complex environment.
However, I was very fortunate to take up AB Psychology.
While studying at the university, I set high academic standards.
I wanted to be the best student.
At first, I thought it was impossible.
I am an average person.
Nonetheless, I tried my best.
I did everything I could to reach my goal.
Every semester I set a new goal.
Higher and higher goals.
What I found was really astonishing.
My academic performance increased every semester.
And such improvement, to me, was due to the increased goals I set for myself.
In other words, the higher the goals I make, the higher the results.
But of course, everything was not free.
I paid every price of it.
Higher goals require harder work.
That’s why everytime I raised my standard, I also raised the work.
The higher the goal, the tougher it gets.
But the most amazing thing I realized is that the brain can adjust to anything.
Our brain has a tremendous power that is waiting to be unleashed.
The psychology of learning says that we can learn everything.
Thus, learning does not rely on IQ.
Successful people are not really the smartest people in the world.
But they have the kind of thinking that allows them to succeed.
What is mindset?
The only thing that separates highly intelligent people from the average one is not IQ but a “mindset”.
Our mindset determines our success.
If we think we can achieve our goal, we will.
Otherwise, the opposite is true.
Successful people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have a common mindset.
The mindset of winning.
They are not the most intelligent people in the world, but they know the secret to gaining success.
Before going deeper, let me clearly define what is a mindset.
A mindset is a habit or an innate mental attitude that directs our way of perceiving things around us.
It is a pattern of character that influences our decision, feelings, belief, and response to a situation.
Carol S. Dweck a professor of Psychology at Stanford University had discovered the power of mindset.
In her decades of doing research, she found out that average children can learn as much as smart children.
The implication of her finding is tremendous.
Dweck explains that a mindset has two kinds – fixed and growth.
These two type of mental characteristics play an important role in individuals’ success.
In fact, people who possess fixed mindset act differently from people who have the growth mindset.
Dweck’s differentiated different people who have different types of mindsets.
“In a fixed mindset, students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” – Carol Dweck
From a mindset standpoint, anyone can be a genius.
The mind knows no limit.
Dweck’s finding is useful both in academics and in real life.
Going back to my own experience back in college, I realized that failure is a product of misinterpretation of our true potential.
Since then, it became my habit to think positively.
I believe that difficulties in any task are governed by how we think or assess the task itself.
If we think that we are average and will not succeed, we won’t.
Otherwise, if we believe that we can be a genius and can achieve anything, we will.
Therefore, it is really a matter of having right thinking pattern.
We can be anyone or anything if we only believe that we can.
How about you?
Do you believe in the power of your mindset?
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I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.