The Psychological Mindset for Success

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The Psychological Mindset for Success

At Brainscape, we are dedicated to helping students better succeed. Part of this, of course, we do by helping students develop the subject-matter skills they need, but we also know that the psychological factors that influence success matter just as much. That is why we write so often about the best tips to help you succeed— whether in general or in specific fields.

One thing that matters no matter what you are trying to succeed in is your mindset. While developing a true mindset for success may be a personal endeavor, there are certain universal factors that help you get in the right mindset to succeed. Today we want to share with you one of the most important.

How Do You Develop a Mindset for Success?

Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

According to recent studies, there are two main ways we respond to setbacks: with a fixed mindset or with a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that a person’s traits, abilities, and personalities are pretty much fixed. While obviously we can develop our skills in an area, there is a limit on how much we can improve. People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe that our traits, abilities, and personalities can always be developed more. Our skills have no limit with enough practice and effort, no matter how badly we start out.

Science has shown that success is almost impossible without a growth mindset. Psychologically, we cannot overcome the challenges we face in any task without the inherent belief that we have the potential to change. This may not come as a surprise to anyone who has read any self-help advice, as the basic concept of believing in yourself is the backbone of most success tips. Now we simply know the psychological trigger behind this truth.

Developing a Growth Mindset

Luckily, there are techniques we can use to develop a growth mindset, even if we are more naturally prone to a fixed mindset. Simply knowing the science behind the mindset of success is an important first step. If you are looking to take the next step and really master the growth mindset, this video by Bite Size Psych can really help you get started.

We hope that you will take this advice to heart, because this one simple mindset change can have a huge impact on your success in the future. What are some ways you cultivate a growth mindset in your own life? Let us know in the comments!



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