Here at Advance Dynamix, our mantra is, “Become better tomorrow than you are today.” That is the epitome of a healthy growth mindset. Hell, our name, “Advance Dynamix” says it all! A growth mindset is the cornerstone of who we are and what we represent.
A growth mindset is the belief you have the ability to advance. Of course, everyone has the “ability” to grow and advance. Unfortunately, not everyone has the “belief” they can do it. In every aspect of life, we choose what we want to believe and what we don’t want to believe. What you believe is 100% your choice.
A growth mindset encompasses a willingness to try new things, to take calculated risks, to go after what you want. A growth mindset and a positive attitude go hand-in-hand. Some people (such as myself) are more pre-wired with it than others are. Some are quick to say that’s just a pollyanna attitude and follow that up with a quick punch that the world is not all sunshine and butterflies. Well, no shit! But, you know what? I enjoy life a lot more by working to see the good in people and things rather than the bad. There is something good in just about everything. You just have to look for it a little harder sometimes.
The good news is anyone can put in the work and develop their own growth mindset. You just have to make a conscious effort to do so and continue to work at recognizing attitudes and statements that require some tweaking. With a little conscious effort, you will begin to develop your growth mindset in no time.
As a kid, my mom used to tell me “garbage in, garbage out.” She was saying that because she didn’t like me listening to bands like Motley Crue and Black Sabbath. But, she was correct. I read a lot because I learn things I didn’t know before. When I spend an hour reading a Zig Ziglar book, I learn much more than I would have if I had spent that same hour watching Game of Thrones.
Reading books, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube videos are all excellent ways you can nurture and expand your growth mindset. You have to make sure you don’t get so caught up in doing that, that you end up not taking action on building your business though. I listen to Audible books, podcasts and TED talks on YouTube rather than music on the radio when I’m driving. I use what I learned by listening to those to take action and do the things that actually build my business when I’m not driving.
I also accomplish more because of my growth mindset and positive attitude. Think about that for a second. When I first learned about the affiliate marketing business model, I was immediately excited, understood the possibilities and immediately got to work. Others around me also saw it, saw reasons “it sucks” or it “is a scam” or it was “going to be too much work.” One friend told me he just didn’t have the right personality to be an entrepreneur. Um, okay. You’re either building your dream or you’re building someone else’s. I guess he will continue to build someone else’s. That’s okay. Choices make the world go ‘round. But, you know what? I’m damn glad I made the decision I did. If I hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this right now!
Two men in prison, look out through the bars. One sees mud, the other sees stars. – Unknown
We must view challenges as opportunities. This Psychology Today article brings up a good point. Sometimes, we subconsciously try to avoid challenges by making excuses. Be cognizant of the possibility of that happening and change it if you need to.
Think about this for a minute. Many successful new inventions are a direct result of someone saying something to the effect of, “You know, this widget would work much better if it did X, Y and Z.” You know, the old adage of building a better mousetrap. That is a cornerstone of a growth mindset. Unfortunately, many just fire off a quick “That sucks!” and leave it at that. Those are people who don’t currently possess the necessary mindset to create positive advancements that add value to their life and the lives of others.
“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
I love Tony Robbins. He has probably changed more lives than anyone else. He has coached some of the most successful people in the world including Oprah, Andre Agassi, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Clinton. Tony has the uncanny ability to help people realize their full potential in a way I have never seen another do. When Tony speaks, you can’t help but get inspired. There are tons of videos of him on YouTube that can and will inspire you to new levels. He has also authored many great books. If you have never experienced Tony Robbins, you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in his work. His best-seller book, Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny is a must-read for anyone wants more out of life.
“Your past does not equal your future.” – Tony Robbins
In this great article from Forbes, the author says, “our thoughts have incredible power over our everyday lives, and that our moods and behaviors are a reflection of how we think.” That is absolutely 100% correct. It amazes me how many people go through life with a negative and/or pissed-off attitude. I just want to yell, “Stop it!”. Can’t they see they are not contributing anything positive to life and the people around them? I just don’t understand it. I’ve always been a “cup half-full” kind of a guy. I believe there is always a way. Often times, there is more than one way. Perhaps we can’t see it at that particular point in time but it’s there. Our job is to find it.
Years ago, I was involved with the MLM company Amway/Quixstar. Although I am not a big fan of MLM (Multi-level marketing) companies, I did learn some things during that time that did resonate with me and that I continue to draw from today. One of the Diamond level guys used to say, “We don’t know what we don’t know.” The first time I heard that, I thought, “how freaking profound!” I still love that statement to this day. It is so true. Many people have trouble with letting their ego get in the way and not being able to grow from that mindset. Don’t be that person. Get out there and do things that will make you a better person tomorrow than you are today.
Many people have a fear of failure. I suspect this type of mindset stems from public school conditioning. From a very young age, we are taught to make good grades. To get as much right as possible. Being wrong or mistaken or making errors is frowned upon. I say, “BULLSHIT!” They aren’t mistakes. They are learning experiences. Fail forward. The more learning experiences we have, the faster we progress.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that a light bulb won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
Can you imagine if Edison would have stopped after the 20th time or the 500th or even the 5,000th time he found a way that a light bulb didn’t work? Thank God he was so tenacious and had such a strong growth mindset! We may still be in the dark today! 🤣🤣🤣
In this article, Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame tells us “Failure is always a chance for growth.”
According to his article here, Dr. Kyle Cole of Stanford University tells us, “Research has shown that when students have a growth mindset, they are more likely to challenge themselves, believe that they can achieve more, and become stronger, more resilient and creative problem solvers. Educators can have an enormous impact on the mindset of their students.” Affiliate Marketers are educators. We educate our tribe on our chosen topic. It is our duty to strive to have an impact on their mindset. Q
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” — Walt Disney
Start actively listening for negativity when people around you are speaking. Can’t, won’t, shouldn’t, etc are words some people unknowingly use in abundance. Remove yourself from this type of negativity. It will slowly creep into your life and bring you down to their level of negativity. We are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with. Being happy and going through life with the proper mindset is tough to do if you are hanging out with a bunch of people who aren’t happy themselves. We are each responsible for our own happiness.
Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful. — Roy T. Bennett