Living up to our full potential

Living up to our full potential

I have been reading the work of Carol Dweck, author and Professor of Psychology at Stanford and wanted to share with you tips on living your full potential. 

We all have limiting beliefs that hold us back. Beliefs such as: “I’m not good enough, I’m not smart enough, I don’t have what it takes…” and the list goes on. 

Most of us have what is called a “fixed mindset”, which means that we believe that our qualities and characteristics are fixed and unchangeable. We believe that we are born with certain imperfections and are stuck with them for life. We become ashamed of these qualities and spend our whole lives either covering them up or defending them in an effort to prove our worth.

The alternative, according to Dweck, is a “growth mindset”. Everything in life and in nature is in constant flux, always changing and growing. We are transformational beings, we are meant to learn from our mistakes and recognize that most traits are actually learned behaviors, most often from early childhood, which means that we can unlearn them with awareness and practice.

How do we make this shift in mindset?

1.   Start by noticing your fixed thoughts, the ones that say “I give up, nothing will ever change, there’s no use trying”

2.   Shift your thinking in those moments to: “ this is just a passing phase, this is temporary, or I might not be there yet, but I’m on my way”.  

This small shift in our mindset automatically takes us from feeling stuck to feeling that there is always room for growth and potential for change.

 

Mia Scaff, OD, ND