Six Must read Growth Mindset tips

We are in the second month of the year and it is hard to keep up the momentum that we had on January 1st.

You may have come across your first hurdle of this year whether that’s in the workplace, your personal relationships, your health or your finances. And so the question stands, how do I move on and keep taking up territory so that I can look back on this year and phase of my life with a sense of accomplishment?

When we come across obstacles, one of the key ways of maintaining traction is our mindset. I am not talking about wishful thinking nor aimlessly hoping that things will get better by themselves. Our mindset towards our obstacles is what will give us the fuel to make headway in spite of the stumbling blocks.


1. Get moving

“The longer you wait to do something you should do now, the greater the odds that you will never actually do it.” 

There is no point waiting until next week, next month or your next appraisal date to make headway in the right direction. In order to grow and to continue growing it is important to make the seemingly small steps daily.


2. Routine

“You cannot change your life until you change something you do every day.” 

Gone are the days of haphazard schedules and plans. For growth to happen we need to have a routine that we aim to stick to, as growth cannot be sustained in by undisciplined and careless lifestyle. We recommend diarising your day-to-day, weekly and monthly commitments and setting reminders on necessary apps to keep yourself on track.


3. Own it

“The great men and women of history were not great because of what they earned and owned, but rather for what they gave their lives to accomplish.” 

You have to be responsible for your growth. At this time in your life we can no longer rely on the well wishes of our managers or division directors or the recommendations of our LinkedIn connections, we have to go after new territory ourselves and not be shy about what we are doing.


4. Work smart, not hard

“I got to the top the hard way—fighting my own laziness and ignorance every step of the way.” 

It is easy to stay in the flow and the rhythm that got us through last year rather than stepping out of our comfort zone. Fight that desire to be complacent. Read a new industry publication. Ask colleagues and friends for book recommendations. Get some time in the diary with someone who is a little further ahead and pick their brains about how to work smart, not hard.


5. Talk, talk, talk

“To make this thing called life work, we gotta lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace. And release and rely….” 

It is good to talk things out with those who you do this thing called life with. Sometimes we get stuck in the middle because we are holding everything in and have no one to share the burden with. When we speak to others we can gain a fresh idea and/or perspective, encouragement, and advice about where we are and where we are trying to get to.


6. Hope

“Preparation (growth) + Attitude + Opportunity + Action (doing something about it) = Luck” 

Remain hopeful about what you set out to do this year and keep checking in the WEMNE blog for more inspiring content to push you on to the empowered woman that you were made to be.


***Quotes were taken from John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential