Opening your mind can be just as important as opening your heart. When you open your mind, your life shifts from a place of limited, narrow thinking into a big, expansive thinking that is filled with unlimited opportunities.
To shift to this place, all it takes is a few simple tweaks to your mindset.
The Growth Mindset
When you operate from a growth based mindset, life takes on a whole new meaning. Every opportunity or experience that is sent your way is viewed as a potential, rather than a burden.
Even though it can be difficult to see potential when you are in the midst of a storm, having a growth based mindset allows you to think bigger and shift your awareness to a higher state of mind.
The Fixed Mindset
Living life through a fixed mindset keeps you rooted in fear and in self-doubt. It also is very difficult to see the opportunities that life throws your way when you are in a fixed mindset.
If you are looking to shift your life towards your highest path, you have to open your mind and operate from a place of growth, rather than fixity.
Here are 5 ways to shift into a growth based mindset and keep yourself out of a limited or fixed mindset:
1. Life’s Challenges
When you are in a growth mindset, all challenges that present themselves are viewed as an opportunity for growth. Even though they may seem difficult or hard, challenges are what keeps us moving forward. Challenges also allow us to explore new depths of our potential and strength.
Those operating from a fixed mindset however, avoid or shy away from challenges. They don’t embrace them as a potential point of growth and instead get caught up in victim mode. They may also find themselves complaining about the problem instead of focusing on the solution.
2. Trusting You Are Supported
When you are in a growth based mindset, you feel and know that you are supported. You are not afraid of making a wrong turn or ending up on the “wrong path” because intuitively you know that everything is simply a learning experience.
When you are in a fixed mindset, it can be very difficult to trust yourself and the world around you. You may also find yourself believing that the world is against you or that you are competing against others.
In a growth based mindset however, you know that what is yours will always come your way, and that competition is a merely an illusion.
3. Pursuing Your Dreams
When you are in a growth based mindset, the world is your oyster and there is nothing stopping you from achieving all that you want for yourself. You may understand that there are twists and turns on the road ahead, but ultimately you trust and know that whatever is yours will find you.
When operating from a fixed mindset, it can be very difficult to dream big or think outside the box. It can also be challenging to make a leap of faith towards pursuing what you really want to do. You may feel blocked, reserved or restricted in some way, but this is often just your mindset.
Operating from a growth based mindset allows you the faith and confidence to go after what you truly desire.
4. Influence of Others
When you are in a fixed mindset, it is very easy to take on other people’s opinions, criticisms and energy as if it were your own. Being in a fixed mindset turns you into a somewhat of a victim and can really hold you back from doing what it is that you really want to do.
When you are in a growth based mindset, you are open to other people’s suggestions but you don’t allow them to stand in your way. You are also able to listen and seek value in criticism, without taking it personally.
While this can be hard to do, when you operate from a growth based mindset it shifts how you allow other people to affect you.
When you are in a growth based mindset, you rejoice in other people’s successes and view success by your own terms. Success takes on a new meaning for you and is bigger than just financial or material gains.
When you are in a fixed mindset, the success of others can make you jealous and success is based on what other people think of you, rather than your own definition.
The easiest way to shift from a fixed mindset into a growth based mindset is awareness. When you can become aware of your thinking and how it is holding you back, that is when you can make changes.
In many ways, achieving a growth based mindset is simply about reminding yourself every day that life is not happening to you, but for you.
“If you are gonna make a change, you are gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.” -Tony Robbins
This article was originally appeared at Forever Conscious and used here with permission.