What do you believe about yourself?
That question has a lot more importance than you might think. In many areas of life, it is critical that you understand that what you believe really matters.
In this particular instance, I’m not speaking spiritually. Although, I firmly stand on the platform that what you believe about God and His Son Jesus Christ matters more than anything else. Anything.
I’m talking about what you believe about yourself in general.
If you were to list the best things about yourself, what would they be? Maybe you’re a skilled writer. Or, maybe you have been gifted with musical talent. Perhaps you’re an amazing leader who draws people to them. Or, maybe you’re very kind and giving of your time and energy.
What would you list as your greatest attributes?
Okay, now where would you say you’re lacking? Are you bad a budgeting? Do you have a sweet tooth that keeps you from achieving your goals of being healthier? Perhaps you have a short temper, so you struggle in your marriage. Or, maybe you don’t feel like you’re smart enough to change careers.
What is yours? Where is your greatest weakness?
Now, here’s where the questions get a little deeper.
Why do you believe you have the attributes you have? And, why do you lack those you don’t?
The answer to those questions could be the secret to your success!
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about mindsets – how what we believe and the way we think can directly influence and impact our lives. Significantly!
In the book Mindset, Carol Dweck, Ph.D. describes some amazing findings from her research and discusses two possible mindsets.
The fixed mindset is just that – fixed.
Those with a fixed mindset believe that the answer to the why questions above is – “We were born that way.” They would say you are a talented writer because you were born with special talents to be so. And, they would say your sweet tooth is inherently part of who you are.
The most significant part of the fixed mindset is not just that they believe we are how we are because we were born that way, but this.
Those with the fixed mindset believe nothing can be done to change how we are.
The fixed mindset says that if you’re bad at money management, you can set all the goals you want, but you’ll never get any better. You can try to lose weight, but that sweet tooth is going to keep you overweight and unhealthy forever. Or, you may dream of teaching, but your struggles with public speaking can’t be overcome.
Here’s where Dr. Dweck’s research gets pretty awesome.
She found that the fixed mindset . . . is WRONG! The growth mindset, which believes that regardless of where we start with any skill, talent, or trait, we can improve.
If we believe we can change, are willing to learn, and will put in the effort to grow, amazing things can happen!
And, if you help instill a growth mindset in those around you, they can begin to believe themselves as well!
How cool is that?!?
So, what do you believe? Really dig deep and answer that question for yourself. Then, change your thinking right now and KNOW that you can change! You can grow! You are capable of learning and improving if you put in the time and effort.
Will it be overnight success? Highly doubtful. But, that’s when you keep going, you keep learning, and you keep growing.
REAL CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!
But, what you believe really matters!
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” – Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
So, what do you think in your heart? What do you believe? Maybe THAT is the FIRST thing you need to change.
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