Hey, All!  Welcome back to my blog.  If you are new here, welcome.  Today I want to discuss my movement back into a growth mindset and how it’s enriched my life.  Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

In my very first blog post here, I talked about how I found myself stuck in life.  Looking back, I can clearly see that I had been stuck for a few years.  However, for most of the time, I did not even realize how stuck I was.  I realize now that I had gotten into a fixed mindset. 

When I fell into that fixed mindset, I remember thinking to myself, “I just want to go into the workplace and do my job.”  I had done that job for many years.  I think for me, that mindset was all right for a little while, because it gave me a break where I needed it.  I had plenty of challenges in my life already. For a short period of time, the workplace was somewhere that I just needed to go in and do my job. 

Well, what’s the problem?

The problem with the fixed mindset occurred when I stayed there too long.  I think we humans tend to move in and out of the mindsets as we need to during our lives, but we have real problems when we get stuck.  I know for myself, I got comfortable, complacent even.  I became resistant to change. 

You know, like cozy couches you don’t want to leave….

When I became too comfortable, complacent, and resistant to change, I then became frustrated.  The frustration permeated into more areas of my life causing a lot of negative thoughts.  I.  WAS. STUCK.  The worst part was I knew I felt stuck, but I didn’t know what to do about it. 

Well, that is not quite true, is it?  I think we know what to do.  We are just too scared to do anything about it.  Again…too comfortable.  Too resistant to change.  FEAR. 

I’d rather see fear as a Scrabble word….

For me, I was afraid of the unknown.  I already knew what beast I was confronting every day.  How did I know that the beast of the unknown would be better?  It was not until I felt like I was stuck in quicksand, that knew I had to do something, and I had to do something soon. 

How did I accomplish that?

I found some courage and made little, tiny changes one step at a time.  At first, I just felt a wave of relief at doing something.  Then with each step I took, I realized how good it felt.  I became energized.  I started opening my eyes to the world around me.  With each step, I was developing my own growth mindset again, and I hardly even recognized that it was happening. 

Growth is beautiful, don’t you think?

Once I was comfortable making those steps and seeing that they could turn into something better, my courage grew, and I started trying all sorts of new things.  With each new thing, I felt awake and alive again.  What an amazing feeling!

In less than one year’s time, I learned about art journaling, bullet journaling, and “The 5 Second Rule”.  I started going to bed early, so that I could get up early every day (even weekends).

I use those quiet morning hours to continue developing myself…to continue learning while my family sleeps and doesn’t need me for anything. I’m growing and stretching this blog out and working on The Artist’s Way course. 

I’ve turned my social media into something of my own…places of inspiration vs. the cesspool we know it can be.  I’ve surrounded myself with people who are uplifting and caring and support me through my journey. 

Now I am sharing my growth mindset with others, with you if you are reading this post.  Whether they accept it and learn from it is up to them.  It’s also up to you. 

I recognize that not everyone is in a place for growth, some might be in a place of pause.  But – if you are stuck, then you probably need some growth somewhere in your life, and you might want to adopt a growth mindset.  It’s up to you.  It’s your choice.  It’s your life.

Question of the Day: If you are in a fixed mindset right now, think about what interests you. What is the one thing you can do today to move forward…to take that teeny, tiny step? If you are in a growth mindset right now, what is your favorite accomplishment (big or small) and why?

Please answer the questions in the comment section below.

If you are interested in topics such as bullet journaling, goal setting, productivity and efficiencies, please come back. I post an entry each Sunday.

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