What does mindest mean?

Mindset is a habitual way of thinking of a person, which is responsible for how he reacts in certain situations.

Mindset many synonyms: attitude, way of thinking, attitude, mentality or world view. The fact is, our mindset, our attitude, the way we feel and act is clearly shaped by our experiences. Both positive and negative experiences.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck, a motivational psychologist, has long been concerned with how our thinking causes successes or defeats, how people deal with defeats. Carol Dweck distinguishes between the Fixed Mindset (static self-image) and the Growth Mindset (dynamic self-image).

Fixed Mindset

People who identify more with the Fixed Mindset see a lack of skills as innate. A circumstance they cannot change.

People with a static self-image

  • avoid challenges if they fear defeat and are convinced that they do not have the necessary talent for the task.
  • usually only develop further in certain areas, namely those in which they are already good and the error rate will not be too high.
  • see a mistake as a judgment and are therefore very afraid of making mistakes.
  • have the feeling of having failed if they do not succeed in a new task at the first attempt. Therefore, they can hardly deal with defeats.
  • have the feeling of having failed if they do not succeed in a new task at the first attempt. Therefore, they can hardly deal with defeats.

Growth Mindset

People with a growth mindset are convinced that they can do anything. This is one of the reasons why such people are generally more successful overall.

People with a dynamic self-image

  • are inquisitive and thus continue to develop in any area that interests them.
  • want to constantly discover and learn new things.
  • are convinced that they can do anything with the necessary commitment. They realize their life’s dreams because they know they have it in their own hands.
  • see mistakes and failures as an opportunity to improve and grow.

So all success in our lives depends on the willingness to learn and develop. Of course, it is not possible to live a dynamic self-image in every situation. The mindset also depends on the situation. Nevertheless, it would be the optimum to always act out of a Growth Mindset.