School & Career

5 Ways to Change Your Mindset

When you are given a task that you struggle with, it can be tempting to give up and walk away. Here are some tips on how to change your mindset.

How will that help? Well, it could enable you to look at the problem in a slightly different way, and that would help you solve it!


Mindset is the beliefs you have about yourself. A psychologist from Stanford University, Carole Dweck defined two types of mindset. Fixed and growth.

People who have a fixed mindset believe that they have basic talents and abilities, and that you either have these talents or you don’t.

With a growth mindset, people believe that brains and talent are just the starting point. With determination and hard work, we can go beyond the basic talents that we have.

You can train yourself to think more positively about a task, by reframing it. When you are confronted by a problem, that you think is too difficult or that you won’t manage, try looking at it from a different angle.

See these examples.

 

I'm bad at maths

 

Try this out, and let us know how you get on!

Lynn Schreiber

Founder and Editor at Jump! Mag
A freelance writer, who lives and works in Scotland with her family and fluffy white dog.

Likes: Writing, reading, twitter and chocolate
Dislikes: Negative and angry people

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