Mindset plays such a massive role in how we set ourselves up for success – or failure – in our health optimisation journey. That’s why I wanted to dedicate an article mainly on the topic. It’s what helped me tremendously as I started on my own health journey. My mindset is what made me go from believing that I’d never get out of pain to finding and implementing solutions that helped me get out of pain.

It was a process.

It still is.

When you are thinking about your mindset, there is a lot to consider.

There are the beliefs you have. These beliefs you often inherit from your childhood.

There are the attitudes you have toward people, things, and situations.

There are the actions you take – or decide not to take.

These boil down to two very distinct mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset.

More often than not, we have a bit of both. Yet we often lean a little more toward fixed or a little more toward growth.

This is important to understand because these mindsets affect how you’re going about living your life and optimising your health.

Fixed Mindset

The first type of mindset to learn about is called a fixed mindset. The fixed mindset is one where your thoughts, feelings, and personality traits are those that are mostly unchanging. There isn’t much room for growth here because you can tend to have your set mindset about different aspects of life.

A good example is looking at success in people.

Someone with a growth mindset might see potential in learning and developing skills to be successful, while someone with a fixed mindset looks at it more like you were born with a talent that is going to make you successful.

Growth Mindset

As you might have guessed, the growth mindset is the complete opposite of the fixed mindset.

This is the person who believes you can keep growing and changing with the right amount of effort and tools.

Your intelligence is not something that is “fixed” or set in stone – if you put in the work and gain more experience, you can achieve success and actually change your fundamental traits and talents.

This is the person who can start anywhere and with any level of talent, and still achieve success by continued to work hard toward their goals.

Can You Be Both?

Looking at both these definitions, you might see one as better than the other, or perhaps you are definitely a fixed or growth mindset person. There are a few essential things to keep in mind. 

For one thing, one is not necessarily better or worse than the other, it just might keep you from achieving your full potential.

Another critical aspect of the fixed VS growth mindset is that it is not uncommon to have a little of both.

Perhaps you believe that you shouldn’t try as hard at something because you have a slightly fixed mindset that is keeping you from gaining enough confidence to try, but a part of you still wants to learn – you probably have a fixed mindset and a growth mindset, and just need to nurture that growth part of your brain.

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