Are you deciding how you can move forward or why you can't?
I was at a phenomenal conference this week and this slide came up on the screen. I paused and thought deeply about a decision I was feeling stuck on and questioned where I fit on the scale of decision making speed.
Napolean Hill - Think and Grow Rich
This brought up 3 questions I asked myself and thought it would be a great tool for making decisions to check in with these 3 questions. So I share them with you now and before I do, I ask you to bring to mind one decision you're making right now.
If you're not making any decisions than you're not likely growing. And since I attract growth minded folks here, I'm going to challenge you to find a decision and write it down. It could be whether to buy something or change something, let go of something, or pursue a different direction. It could be big or small. What's a decision you've been chewing on for a minute?
1. Are you coming from a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is one that sees possibility. A growth mindset sees forward and what may be gained where a fixed mindset sees what it will lose. A growth mindset sees problems as opportunities and looks for solutions. A growth mindset sees failure as a pebble on the path forward, not a reason to stop and throw in the towel.
Making decisions from a growth mindset, we ask questions that unleash possibility. We may still balance risk though we ultimately decide based on how to make it work instead of why it can't.
2. Are you coming from a fixed mindset?
A fixed mindset is limited. It comes from a lack point of view and when in this mindset people make decisions based on how much they'll lose or how much less they will have vs. how much more is possible. A fixed mindset as defined in Carol Dweck's book "Mindset," is one which sees flaws and problems instead of beauty and opportunity. The book is way more detailed and an encouraged read.
A fixed mindset sees problems as reasons to stop or give up. You can have a growth mindset and make decisions from a fixed mindset sometimes. This is a continuum, a spectrum and is not 'fixed' necessarily all of the time.
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3. Are you changing a decision or making a new decision?
Making quick decisions is a universal trait among super successful and wealthy individuals. On the same token these folks take longer to change a decision. In Napolean Hill's, "Think and Grow Rich," his studies show that those who don't get far in executing their life dream are very slow at making decisions and quick to change a decision.
Sometimes it seems as though we're making a slow decision yet really we are slowly changing a decision we already made. The power here -which successful people master -is DISCERNMENT.
The take away here is to know yourself and fine tune your decision making process. Whether you're fixed or growth, can change. It takes a DECISION to change. When we uncover where we are on the spectrum of fixed or growth, and decide to grow, it then takes practice.
Mindset truly is a journey of self-mastery. And any journey of mastery requires commitment, focus, dedication and discipline. What are you deciding today and how are you deciding it?
Was this useful? I'd love to hear your comments... What is one thing you can do today to empower a growth mindset?
Best of the Best to you!
Stephanie Trager, Esq.
Success Coach, Business Strategist, Performance Specialist
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