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If you want to take your business to the next level, it’s so important to build a growth mindset and focus on continual personal development rather than dwelling on what you can’t do yet. When you are building your business, it’s also to remember that there are things that can hold you back. It’s very easy to get caught up in the little things and forget about your big goals and dreams.

When it comes to building a growth mindset you need to always be looking for new ways to grow. It is not about finding the next big thing or bright shiny object; it’s about recognizing that we grow every single day, even when we tackle small tasks.

So what, exactly, is a growth mindset?

A growth mindset is when you believe that you can get better, can learn more, and can change into a better version of yourself. A limiting belief is exactly the opposite, believing that one’s capabilities are static and that this is all life has to offer. The difference between these two is a crucial component of how someone deals with challenging situations.

Put simply, a growth mindset is a positive way of thinking about your abilities and potential. It is accepting and embracing that realization that things change and you can’t just stay in one place forever.

Here are 5 tips for building a growth mindset:

Tip #1 – Start where you’re at

Starting where you’re at with what you know is a tried-and-true method for developing a growth mindset. It allows you to make progress and build on the knowledge you already have. It’s much less intimidating to start something new this way, than it is to start from scratch!

Remind yourself of your expertise and your years of experience. Even if your experience is limited, you know more than the average person about starting a business, so be proud of that accomplishment!

Tip #2 – Set goals to work towards

It doesn’t matter what niche you’re in, a growth mindset is essential for success and allows you to dream big and actually believe that your dreams can come true. When you create goals, you set a roadmap for your progress, getting from Step A to Step B and so forth. Acknowledge every single goal as a win, no matter how small. Also write down what you learn from every experience, whether good or bad. There are lessons to be learned every day.

Tip #3 – Embrace failure

I’m not saying deliberately set out to fail, but mistakes are going to happen when you’re learning and growing. When you make a mistake, whether in business or life, embrace the failure, grab the lesson, and move on.

Risks are a part of life, and if you don’t let yourself fail, you will never have the opportunity to grow and improve. The first step is acknowledging that you’re not perfect. Accept your flaws and don’t beat yourself because you’re human.

Tip #4 – Always be grateful

Gratitude is a practice that can help us feel better, be happier, and even live longer. It is a way to cultivate positive thoughts and feelings that can lead to a growth mindset. Practicing gratitude can make you more productive and gives you the ability to focus on your goals and think about what matters most in life instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of things.

This goes hand in hand with Tip #3 in that when you’re always looking for the good in things, and taking the positive lessons from even your less-than-perfect efforts, you’re building and strengthening your growth mindset* instead of allowing yourself to get stuck.

Tip #5 – Accept the challenge

There’s no doubt about it, choosing to develop a growth mindset for your business and your life is going to be challenging. Accept the challenge of believing that yes, you can improve and grow!

A growth mindset is not about being perfect or flawless — it’s about learning from your mistakes and finding ways to learn more.

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About the Author

Ruth is self-styled creative soulpreneur who loves that she gets to play with words and pictures for a living. She started her first email newsletter in 1997 and has never looked back. Between creating printables and courses, she publishes a daily newsletter, loves to golf and walk on the beach and is teaching herself how to do hand-lettering and doodle art.

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