I had the opportunity to have coffee with a successful entrepreneur & CEO last week that raised my awareness. You know the kind – a conversation or thought that stays with you for days. I consider these my “look out” moments from God and they end up being a piece that was previously missing in my worldview jigsaw puzzle. During our conversation, we bumped into each others passion for growth. I spoke of Kaelyn’s and my intentionality – how we have authored our OPUS – a roadmap for our life adorned with passion, goals, and helping others do the same. He and his wife had authored similar manifestos together and with their children as well.

I recall my dad giving me advice during my childhood that continues to resonate & have affects on my life today. He would say, “There’s always going to be somebody bigger, faster, or smarter. Hard work makes up for size, speed, and brains.” This piece of advice has shaped who I am in a dramatic way. It allows me to look at difficult – sometimes incredibly daunting circumstances – as a challenge rather than a foregone conclusion.

In Dr. Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, she writes, “as you begin to understand the fixed and growth mindsets, you will see exactly how…a belief that your qualities are carved into stone (fixed mindset) leads to a host of thoughts and actions, and how a belief that your qualities can be cultivated (growth mindset) leads to a host of different thoughts and actions, taking you down an entirely different road.”

If you’re anything like me, you have a buffet of growth and fixed mindsets that make up who you are. The power is knowing and believing that you have a choice in the matter and doing the hard to work to adjust your mindset. Choose your mindset and choose growth.

The growth mindset:

  • looks at challenges and difficulties in life and sees opportunity
  • trusts and believes that old dogs can (and should!) learn new tricks
  • develops their abilities (emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual) through hard work and dedication

Don’t buy into the lie that says, “this is  the way I am wired” or “this is just how things are.” We lie to ourselves when we accept this belief and reinforce these walls instead of breaking them down.

Our abilities are not set in stone. We are a work in progress and each of us has an opportunity to choose growth multiple times a day.