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If your colleague were to earn the promotion that you were hoping for, would you be genuinely happy for them? Or would you feel envious and like you’re not good enough?
Or, if you were just shy of meeting one of your goals, would you feel defeated or would you reflect on some opportunities that you could potentially learn from?
Your answers to these questions say a lot about whether you have a fixed or growth mindset. We have talked about these two mindsets before–and, more specifically, the benefits of having a growth mindset over a fixed one. (To help you visualize these benefits better, check out our post on growth mindset examples.)
But if your fixed mindset hasn’t budged, there is still hope for you to change that. So in this article, we are going to provide an overview of the growth mindset and then discuss how you can adopt this mentality by reciting growth mindset statements. Then we will look at 15 examples of growth mindset statements for you to recite each day.
Let’s get started.
What Is a Growth Mindset?
First introduced by Stanford Psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of a fixed vs. growth mindset defines one of our most fundamental beliefs about ourselves. A “fixed mindset” assumes that we are born with the amount of talent, ability, and intelligence that we will ever have. Because these personal characteristics won’t change with practice or experience, success only confirms one’s inherent intelligence, and displays how each person compares to their equally fixed peers. This means that working to be successful and avoiding failure act only to help people maintain their perception of their own abilities.
Alternatively, having a growth mindset inspires people to view failure as an opportunity for growth rather than proving the limits of one’s innate intelligence. Having a growth mindset takes the perceived restrictions off of one’s inherent abilities, and marks a starting point from which that person can grow.
People who have a growth mindset are better equipped to bounce back from inevitable setbacks and be resilient in the face of change. Having this mentality allows you to recognize that hard work and determination will help you accomplish any goal that you set out to achieve. It allows you to believe that your true potential is unknown, and it’s impossible to predict everything that you could accomplish with enough passion, hard work, and training.
People exhibit one of these mindsets in childhood, and it goes on to impact nearly all aspects of one’s life–both personally and professionally. This means that this mindset can ultimately help determine your happiness and satisfaction with life, making it an important predictor of your overall well being. Because of this, you’ll want to make every effort to develop a mentality that is the most advantageous to you. Let’s look at why you should use statements or affirmations to help you solidify this.
Why You Should Recite Statements to Attract a Growth Mindset
If you feel like you’re stuck with a fixed mindset, you can change this by reciting (or writing down) growth mindset statements every day. This is a really simple–yet very effective–exercise that you can do to challenge your fixed mindset and reset your subconscious mind to think in a way that eliminates your current limitations and opens up new opportunities for success.
According to Walter E. Jacobson, M.D., a Los Angeles-based psychiatrist, motivational speaker, and best-selling author, reciting positive statements every day can help you attract the mentality–and ultimately, life–that you want. Hearing yourself say these statements will encourage positive changes in your thinking and behavior.
Growth mindset statements can not only act as a source of inspiration, they can also be simple reminders for you to live with this attitude. Reciting these statements can help you focus your efforts and attention on making progress throughout the day, which will help promote positive and lasting change.
Let’s take a look at some examples.
15 Growth Mindset Statements to Recite Daily
1. Every mistake I make teaches me something new that brings me closer to achieving my goals.
2. I welcome new challenges in my life that will help push me to get outside of my comfort zone and try new things.
3. I appreciate any constructive feedback I can get because it gives me an opportunity to learn.
4. I strive to be like the people who have succeeded before me and I look up to my superiors.
5. Because I’m determined, I can do anything I put my mind to.
6. I have no excuses.
7. I don’t need other people to validate me or my work.
8. I know my purpose.
9. I am stronger than the impulses that bring me short-term gratification.
10. I’m going to work smarter, not harder.
11. I’m committed to the learning process.
12. I am in control.
13. I believe I can do anything I want to do.
14. I have a vision and I know what I’m working toward.
15. I am at my starting point.
Final Thoughts on Growth Mindset Statements
Once you’ve come up with your growth mindset statements, you have to say them (or write them down) at least once a day in order for them to be as effective as possible. Some professionals suggest “bookending” your day by reciting your statements both first thing in the morning and right before you go to sleep. Others say to write the statements down and put them in places that you see frequently throughout the day, like at your desk or on your mirror at home.
No matter what you do, make sure to be repetitive so your statements become a part of your subconscious being. This way, you’ll start to believe you have a growth mindset and you’ll act accordingly.
If you're a parent to teaching looking to develop your kid's growth mindset, check out our post on growth mindset phrases to encourage children.
Connie Mathers is a professional editor and freelance writer. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. When she is not writing, Connie is either spending time with her daughter and two dogs, running, or working at her full-time job as a social worker in Richmond, VA.