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Are you fulfilling your potential? Part 2

Feeling fulfilled, challenged in a good way and with a sense of flourishing is what everyone wants from their career. To know deep down that you are meeting your potential and giving all you can. But if you’re not experiencing that  feeling on a regular basis is that it? do you just have to accept your lot?

My answer would be NO! You are in charge of you and that means you can find ways to flourish and fulfill your potential. You don’t need to wait for someone to allow you to or for the perfect job.

Last week’s blog looked at understanding your strengths and practice using them in a different way to start releasing some of your potential. This week we are going to focus on mindset and how that can enable your sense of development.

What kind of mindset do you have?

The academic Dr Carol Dweck used the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about their learning and intelligence. A fixed mindset is where people believe their intelligence and talents are fixed and therefore don’t tend to put effort into developing them. They also believe that success is determind purely by talent. Dr Dweck explains that,“in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

So what do you have?

How to increase or develop a growth mindset

  • Believe in yourself – You are capable of many things, and no matter what messages you have received about your abilities and talents, it is what you think that matters. So create a new intention for yourself that focuses on growth and hard work.
  • Don’t fear failure – Reframe how you feel about failure and don’t avoid it. Failing at something is one of the best opportunities to learn and grow. if you never try because you might fail you are missing so many chances to learn about yourself.
  • Build on your strengths – check out last week’s blog to discover your innate strengths and use this as a springboard to increase your self awareness and understand your gifts and talents. Choose areas you want to focus on to develop further.
  • Become curious – ask questions and indulge your curiosity. We can learn so much from people around us.
  • Challenge yourself – start small if necessary but identify what you need to feel challenged and go for it. Do something you wouldn’t have done before in either your personal or professional life or both. Challenges will keep you learning and growing.

Neuroscience is revealing more information about how plastic the brain is and how it can develop.Your mindset is therefore so important in developing your potential and staying stimulated and engaged with your career.

For more help on developing your potential, get in touch for a FREE clarity call or sign up for my online course The Confidence Plan: How to be more confident at work, and use the code EARLYBIRD01 to get 20% off the price.

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