Introduction to Understanding your mindset

NatWest Business Builder: Understanding your mindset

In this module we’re going to explore some of the key characteristics and behaviours of fixed and growth mindsets to give you a deeper understanding of each mindset and their overall effect on a person’s ability to learn and develop. We’ll also give you a simple tool to help you recognise some of the positive and negative behaviours surrounding your mindset, and start to look at some of the factors that are stopping you from adopting a growth mindset when faced with certain situations.

In this module you’ll explore:

  • Key characteristics of fixed and growth mindsets
  • How to recognise different behaviours of each mindset
  • What’s stopping you from adopting a growth mindset

Start by downloading and saving the workbook to your computer, to use throughout the module, capturing any key takeaways and completing the exercises at the end of each chapter.

Characteristics of fixed and growth mindsets

We know mindsets have a major influence on people’s ability to learn, and those with a growth mindset tend to learn, grow and achieve more than those with a fixed mindset. But why?

In this chapter we’re going to look at the key beliefs and focus of each mindset to understand this further.

Understanding your mindset

In the next chapter we are going to introduce you to a simple coaching tool to help you recognise some of the key behaviours of adopting a fixed or a growth mindset at any one time, as well as hearing from some fellow entrepreneurs about their own experiences.

What stops you from having a growth mindset?

We now understand a little more about the characteristics and behaviours of each mindset, but what fundamentally stops us from having a growth mindset 100% of the time?

In the final chapter we’re going to explore the science of this in more detail, reflecting on your own inner voice and some key ways to manage this.

Further Reading

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