You’ve probably heard the saying, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” This quote is often attributed to Henry Ford, and it points to the power of mindset. Your mindset matters because it impacts your ability to achieve your goals. If you believe that you can accomplish something, then you’re more likely to put in the effort and overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.
On the other hand, if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be very difficult to succeed. Why? Because a negative mindset breeds doubt and fear. When you doubt yourself, it becomes harder to take risks and seize opportunities. And when you’re afraid of failing, it’s easy to give up before you even start.
So how do you develop a growth mindset? Simon Sinek has a great talk on the topic, but here are three key points to keep in mind:
1. Start with why.
Many people get caught up in what they do rather than why they do it. But it’s important to remember that your Why is your purpose, cause, or belief—the thing that drives you to do what you do every day. When you start with why it becomes easier to stay motivated because you have a higher purpose beyond just yourself.
2. Find your infinite game.
An infinite game is one that doesn’t have defined rules or an end goal because the point is not to win, but to keep playing. When you find your infinite game, it becomes easier to maintain a positive mindset because you’re not focused on winning or losing—you’re just focused on enjoying the journey and doing your best every day.
3. Remember that mistakes and failure are inevitable—and necessary for growth.
One of the biggest reasons why people have a negative mindset is because they’re afraid of failing. But mistakes and failure are inevitable—and they’re actually necessary for growth! After all, how else are we supposed to learn and improve? So instead of dwelling on your mistakes and failures, try to view them as learning experiences that will help you grow into a better version of yourself.
Why does mindset matter? Because it has a direct impact on your ability to achieve your goals. If you believe in yourself, it becomes easier to take risks and seize opportunities. So, take a moment today to assess your mindset, take a breath, and move toward your success.