A few weeks ago, I wrote about the edge having a growth mindset gives. Research shows it is a better predictor of success than IQ. A growth mindset embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, believes effort will lead to a level of mastery, and learns from criticism. The problem is, on those days when we need it the most, when we are facing challenges and setbacks and nothing seems to be going right, is when it can be the most difficult to engage with a growth mindset. After all, in the short run, it’s sometimes easier to just throw up your hands, take the easy route or just walk away.
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What question is is how do you feel about that choice tomorrow. Quite possibly you tell yourself that you could have stuck with it a little longer. You may realize that at least some of the criticism may have been justified. Or, you may decide that the route for growth really was to walk away. Sometimes the setbacks you’re facing are the very things that are telling you to move on and grow in a different way. The way to face of the setbacks is to make a left turn and go around it rather than trying to bulldoze through it. Many people will tell you it’s that growth, the growth that happens when we take a totally different view of the setback and how we can move towards mastery, that creates some of the greatest breakthroughs in your life and your work.