In our last article, we looked at how failure and rediscovering a love for learning are key components in developing a growth mindset. This week, I’m going to focus on Developing a Growth Mindset Strategy.
Key aspects of developing a Growth Mindset Strategy:
Starting anything worthwhile requires effort to succeed and developing a growth mindset is no exception. What you put in is what you get out. You can’t expect to achieve your best results or reach your full potential if you don’t put in maximum effort. The world is continuously evolving and you need to evolve with it. The only way you can futureproof your abilities and stay relevant is to always put in the necessary effort.
2. Employ Different Strategies or Learning Tactics
There are different paths to success and you’ll have to find ways that work well for you. Since I’ve previously discussed that failing at something doesn’t mean that you aren’t capable of doing it. It just means that you either aren’t quite ready or haven’t found the right strategy yet that works for you. You’ve heard the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”. Perseverance and preparing a solid strategy to tackle your objectives is the only way you will succeed. Continuously looking for more effective and simpler methods to perform your work will more than likely lead to better results and success professionally.
3. Choosing Difficult Tasks
If you want to continuously grow and advance further you must get out of your comfort zone. If you’re serious about remaining relevant in the 4th industrial revolution, you need to grow or else technology will ensure that you become obsolete! The thing is, that if you want to grow, developing a growth mindset strategy requires stepping out of your comfort zone and try different things. You won’t grow and improve your motivation if you only do the same repetitive tasks that you’re already great at doing. The trick is to push yourself and get uncomfortable. If understanding new productivity software seems scary, then that’s where you need to begin!
Getting feedback is essential for developing a growth mindset strategy. This is where you can reflect on the areas that you’ve improved in and the areas still need a bit of work. Feedback can also determine whether you should carry on or try a new path to achieve your goals. Remember, try to take the feedback – both good and bad – constructively and not personally. Don’t get discouraged with negative feedback because it can provide you with valuable insight into what’s not working and where corrective action is needed.
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Developing a growth mindset is not sprint. It’s a marathon, so it takes time to yield positive results and reap the rewards. Developing a growth mindset strategy will definitely serve you well in the future. Being an administrative professional can be very daunting and uncertain in the technological age but if you grow your capabilities and continuously pushing yourself, you will always be well equipped to take on any challenge with confidence!
This article is the third of a 4-part series where I will discuss how you can develop a growth mindset. These useful tips and step will not only advance your professional development but more importantly ensure that you’re ready to take on the challenges of the 4th industrial revolution and turn them into career opportunities!
If you want to learn more about how to develop a Growth Mindset then register for our 17th annual Professional Administrators and Secretaries Conference South Africa (PACSA) taking place at Sun City on 31 July – 2 August 2019. This topic will be included along with many other amazing ones at South Africa’s premier secretaries and administrators event.