There’s need for “development growth mindset” in 2021

  Personal Development 

As we step over to the next year, everyone’s new year’s resolutions should have at the top of the list something known as “personal growth” or “personal development”.

This is the making of an effort to improve yourself mentally, academically or improving your skills in any productive activity. Or, in other words, it’s to change yourself. To make sure that where you have been in 2020 will not be the same where you will be in 2021.

That is to change your circumstances. Everyone wants a better life, a better job, improved income, and good health. But for your circumstance to change you have to change yourself first, to improve your knowledge or skills, and increase your value to society.

But before you can change, you have to believe that change is possible. A growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.  Even though people differ in their talents, aptitudes, interests and temperaments everyone can change and grow through application and experience.

Why a growth mindset is important?

Having a growth mindset, (the belief that you are in control of your own ability, and can learn and improve) is the key to success.  Yes, hard work, effort and persistence are all important, but not as important as having that underlying belief that you are in control of your own destiny.

 What does a growth mindset actually mean?

 It simply means that individuals with a growth mindset tend to achieve more. This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning.  Failure is not seen as failure but rather as a learning curve on how to improve.

How can you develop a growth mindset:

·         Acknowledge and embrace imperfections;

·         View challenges as opportunities;

·         Try different learning tactics;

·         Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning”;

·         Stop seeking approval;

·         Value the process over the end result;

·         Celebrate growth with others;

·         Portray criticism as positive;

·         Learn from others’ mistakes;

·         Make a new goal for every goal accomplished;

·         Take ownership over your attitude.


“It’s not how good you are; it’s how good you want to be.”- unknown

Source of information and image: S. Briggs and C. Dweck / BDO