Is it worth trying? and what will I learn along the way?
These are the first two questions that you should ask yourself when confronted with a challenge. Because with these two questions comes the mindset of success which positive psychologists call a ‘growth mindset’ it’s the mindset that thrives on challenge and sees failure as a springboard for future growth and a sense of possibility for the future.
With a growth mindset we embrace the challenge, we bounce back from setbacks, we accept and learn from criticism and we feel inspired by the success of others.
The opposite to a growth mindset, the traits are all too obvious you will avoid the challenges in your life just in case you might fail, your setbacks hit you hard, criticism hurts and you feel threatened and jealous of the others who are successful.
So if you are avoiding challenges in your life or any of the other examples in the paragraph above are true to you, and if you are asking yourself questions like what would happen if I fail, and what if I get rejected, then you probably have a fixed mindset.
Perhaps life is about the journey, it’s about what you learn along the way, the trying is the most important part and with it you grow and with this you are more likely to succeed in the future with a similar challenge.
I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan.
So instead when confronted with a challenge embrace it and the only questions you need to ask yourself are ‘is it worth trying’? and ‘what will I learn along the way’?