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Your Mindset Determines Your Success

fixed mindset growth mindset mindset mindset coach Feb 24, 2020

Do you know what mindset means?⁣⁣

Everyone is a “mindset coach” these days, and mindset has become such a marketing buzzword, but I wonder how many people can even define it.

So I asked you guys on Instagram, and I got only a few responses, which leads me to believe maybe you’re not sure how to put a definition to this seemingly abstract concept.⁣⁣⁣

Of those that did respond, you were pretty spot on!  So that makes me happy. 

But it’s clear that we need to define what mindset is. 


What is Mindset?


In the broadest terms, your mindset is the lens through which you interpret and make sense of situations. Through this lens, you make decisions, and form habits, thought patterns, and belief systems.⁣⁣⁣⁣

Carol Dweck popularized mindset theory in scientific literature (this is what I spent my Ph.D. studying)⁣⁣.

With this theory, mindset is defined on a continuum from fixed to growth mindset regarding how you view your abilities, skills, and attributes⁣⁣.

This means you don’t have to be 100% in either a fixed or growth mindset (surprise, a gray area exists here)⁣⁣. And, you can have a growth mindset about one thing (e.g., cooking skills) but fixed with something else (e.g., weight loss)⁣⁣. 

Here’s an example of what a fixed vs. growth mindset looks like.



Mindset Research


We know from countless studies that having a growth mindset is predictive of success in many areas, including weight loss (Burnette et al., 2012)⁣⁣.

A growth mindset will also help you exercise and eat healthy more often (Orvidas et al., 2018; Ehrlinger et al., 2017)⁣⁣.⁣⁣

Often, you might not even know your fixed mindset is holding you back, so it’s important to evaluate your habits and attitude towards things like criticism and change. 


Improve Your Mindset


The first step to growth is recognizing your fixed tendencies. Then you can make moves to change them (and YES, you can change)⁣⁣.

I understand that change can be difficult, which is why you don’t have to do it alone. 

At KJO Coaching, we care about helping our clients develop a growth mindset to achieve their goals. 

The KJO Coaching team is highly educated and qualified to help you recognize your fixed mindset tendencies and teach you how to overcome them. Once you develop a growth mindset, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals. 

Ready to work with us? Learn more, apply, and book your free consult call HERE! 

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Burnette, J. L., & Finkel, E. J. (2012). Buffering against weight gain following dieting setbacks: An implicit theory intervention. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(3), 721-725.

Orvidas, K., Burnette, J. L., & Russell, V. M. (2018). Mindsets applied to fitness: Growth beliefs predict exercise efficacy, value and frequency. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 36, 156-161.

Ehrlinger, J., Burnette, J. L., Park, J., Harrold, M. L., & Orvidas, K. (2017). Incremental theories of weight and healthy eating behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 47(6), 320-330.

Hi, I'm Kasey!

I coach, mentor, write, and teach with one main focus: Build strong bodies and healthy lifestyles, starting with your mindset.


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