Mindset or Mind Set…in Stone

May 12, 2021

We’ve noticed something that sets our most successful customers apart from those who are not getting the results they want.

They’re not born with some magical success gene. They haven’t won the lottery. They haven’t magically avoided every possible barrier and pitfall that could stand in the way of their success.

So, what’s the secret?

It’s their mindset.

When we start the coaching process, it doesn’t take very long before resistance raises its head. That’s natural…it’s part of the change process. It’s what you do when resistance arises that makes all the difference.

People with a persistence or growth mindset see resistance as a signal to keep moving, even if it means shifting direction.

On the other hand, people with a resistance or fixed mindset view resistance as a stop sign, leaving them stuck short of their goal. In other words, their mindset leaves their minds set in stone.

It’s hard to make any progress from that set-in-stone place.

Albert Einstein once said, “It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Persistence is the willingness to push and push toward the finish line, even if the finish line seems impossibly out of reach.

Here are six things that set a persistence or growth mindset apart from a resistance or fixed mindset:

  • A clear and consuming vision – Persistent people have a specific picture of what success looks like and a strong commitment to achieving it. Their eyes stay on the prize, rather than on the problems that get in the way.
  • An unquenchable desire – People with a growth mindset have a “fire in the belly” that keeps them going past false starts, dead ends, and short-term failures.
  • A strong belief in themselves – Successful people persist despite the naysayers, critics and competitors. They trust their inner voice and don’t get distracted by the noise around them.
  • Ability to adapt – Persistence requires an ability to adapt when the first attempt falls short. Persistent people are more invested in the goal than in the path.
  • A commitment to continuous learning – Ongoing learning is the way that persistent people consistently expand the range of tools and skills available to move them toward the goal. This commitment keeps them open to growth and change.
  • A habit of self-discipline and self-improvement – Almost all successful people have a daily routine of consistent habits that support them in maintaining the physical, emotional, and spiritual practices that contribute to their success.

It’s easy to be in a growth mindset at the beginning of a new project or when things are going well. What sets the truly persistent apart is that they maintain that positive mindset when things get tough, no matter how long it takes.

Are you ready for more growth in your business? Adopt a persistence mindset and get ready for success!

Go forth and do great things,

Martha & Chris