Growth Mindset: Self-belief

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Welcome to the third in our series, highlighting the importance of having a Growth Mindset. Over the past year, our #LeadingLights research project has allowed us to model plenty of aspirational people. And throughout, we have discovered that they all share a common characteristic: a growth mindset. Could this be the secret to their leadership success? We certainly think so!

We started by looking at the importance of learning from others, and then focused on the importance of welcoming feedback in order to improve. This time we discover the importance of self-belief and having confidence in yourself…

Growth Attribute No.3: Self-belief – “I am somebody, regardless of success”

Dr Seuss The power of the mind is incredible. Believe you can, and you will! Stanford Professor Carol Dweck found just this when researching the growth mindset.

“Believing that your qualities are carved in stone — the fixed mindset — creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over.” Dr. Carol Dweck

But who exactly are you proving yourself to? Why live with the sole purpose of showing others what you can do?

Be proud of yourself and your achievements. By embracing a growth mindset, Dweck recommends looking at the hand you’re dealt as a starting point, rather than the be all and end all. Strive for more, learn more, do more, be more. But never put yourself down. When something you are attempting doesn’t go to plan – is that failure? No! It’s an opportunity to learn.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

Almost all of our #LeadingLights stressed the importance of believing in yourself and going with your gut. Why would anyone believe in you, if you can’t even believe in yourself? #LeadingLight Keren Limor-Waisberg who pioneered a web-based platform to help people discover, understand, and explore scientific texts has got where she is by being honest with herself and strongly recommends you “appreciate who you are”.

Up and coming artist and #leadinglight Charron Pugsley-Hill says “be genuine and authentic.” She has tremendous self-belief and doesn’t compromise her ethics.  This led to her turn down the opportunity to exhibit with Tracey Emmins and Banksie because it was connected to a political cause she didn’t believe in.

Self-belief means not pretending to be something you’re not.  Pretense only leads to inner conflict. Be proud of what you have achieved, and what you will go on to achieve. With a growth mindset, the possibilities are endless!

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