Maniac Book Club: Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Up for discussion in the Maniac Book Club: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD. is a Stanford University psychologist who has dedicated much of her life to researching how mindset impacts our level of success. She proposes that approaching our goals with a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset will help us all achieve more. According to her research, behavior is very much affected by which mindset a person holds. Therefore, in order to change a specific behavior she suggests a change in mindset. And the good news is that mindset can in fact be changed.
“Becoming is better than being.”
In a fixed mindset, people believe they are born with a distinct set of qualities, like intelligence or talent, and that these are fixed traits. A person can learn new things, but they cannot change how intelligent they are. They can do things differently, but the important qualities inside do not ever change.
In a growth mindset a person believes that no matter how intelligent they are, they can always learn and subsequently change. The basic qualities of what type of person they are is in constant transformation. They do not need to prove themselves, but instead they need to work hard or focus their effort in order to achieve success.
Often when we first meet clients we hear comments like:
“I am just not an organized person.”
“You should see my friend’s house, they are organized, but I am just not like them.”
“No matter what I try, I cannot be organized.”
We attempt to combat these fixed mindset comments by ensuring our clients that throughout our years of experience we see numerous clients who learn how to be more organized. By combining our client’s effort, passion, and willingness to learn with our knowledge and professional experience with various organizing systems, together we can work towards creating a more organized and healthy space.
The following are steps that can be used to change a fixed mindset into a growth mindset in regards to organizing.
- Identify your beliefs
- Challenge those beliefs
- Practice and exercise
“The fixed mindset does not allow people the luxury of becoming. They have to already be.”
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, PhD is available on Amazon.
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