How to Have Personal Growth

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Some children were frustrated, some were confused, and some were enjoying; Carol Dweck had been conducting research on 11-year-old children.

Each of them was first given some easy puzzles and on solving them, they were rewarded with candies.

The research was conducted to see how children reacted to failures. To her surprise, what she found changed her life. She found that children’s brains don’t register failures, instead,  they just register them as learning.

Try to understand this, we humans were not designed by nature to be affected by failures. So we can’t even fathom the effect each thought have in shaping our personality, creating our habits. Therefore, the thoughts you have  towards your life is the life you live towards yourself. Which implies, a simple thought however good or bad affects every aspects of your life .

A simple thought like ” I am not good at Math’s “, can effect your will power, grit, work ethic, personal growth and many other areas of life outside of study. The study also distinguishes between the two children, one who shows  growth mindset and one who shows fixed mindset.

Some of the results are out here:
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In the journey of personal growth, our beliefs shape our reality. Often, however, limiting beliefs can hold us back from reaching our full potential.

These beliefs, deeply ingrained in our minds, create invisible barriers, hindering our progress and confidence. The good news? We have the power to change these beliefs, to have personal growth… to transform them into empowering thoughts that propel us toward our goals.

In this article, let’s explore some powerful mindset shifts that can help you overcome limiting beliefs and foster personal growth.

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1. Recognizing Limiting Beleifs: The First Step to Personal Growth


The first step in overcoming limiting beliefs is to recognize them. These beliefs often disguise themselves as self-doubt, fear, or negative self-talk. Pay attention to your inner dialogue and identify recurring patterns of negativity. Once you acknowledge these beliefs, you can confront and challenge them.

Let’s test your limiting belief system through a quiz. Count and remember your Yes/No of each question.

  1. Do you want to leave your work and start something new?
  2. Do you feel sorry for yourself?
  3. Do you have a habit of taunting? 
  4. Do you often make mistakes in your work?
  5. Do you find it hard to start new things?
  6. Do you get influenced by other people’s names, cars or titles?
  7. Do you often think about win and loss?
  8. Do you often have a bad mood?
  9. Do you feel nervous when meeting some people?
  10. Do you like to shop or buy new things again and again?
  11. Do you sometimes become too happy and sometimes too sad?
  12. Do people often waste your time?
  13. Do you feel jealousy of people smarter or better than you?
  14. Do you point out problems in others when something bad happens?
  15. Do you feel angry when someone tells you about your problems?

If you have said “Yes” to more than 4 questions than Congo! You have a limiting fixed mindset. Don’t worry about it, though let’s read further to find ways to cure fixed mindset and find a growth mindset in our journey of personal growth.

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2. Questioning the Validity of Your Beliefs


Ask yourself: “Is this belief based on facts or assumptions?” Often, limiting beliefs are built on unfounded assumptions about ourselves or the world. Challenge these assumptions with logic and evidence. Realise that your past doesn’t dictate your future; you have the power to change and grow.

Fixed mindset symptoms: 

  • not able to take criticism positively.
  • Believing your personality, weakness and strength is unchangeable.

 Actually in our life we are in fixed and growth mindsets in different area of our life

Growth mindset symptoms: 

  • Carol dweck said that not  from a one time failure but  if you got consistently unsatisfied from your results many times and still you have the burning desire not only speak but do too then you are on the roof of Growth mindset. 
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3. Shifting from “I Can’t” to “I Can Learn


Replace the disempowering phrase “I can’t” with the growth-oriented mindset of “I can learn.” Embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and improve. Understand that every setback is a lesson, and every failure is a stepping stone toward success. With this perspective, obstacles become stepping stones, not roadblocks and our personal growth  will be a Fastlane highway.

fixed mindset inner-talk 

  • Some are born singers and I am not one of them.
  • I am bad at maths.  
  • I don’t know why I got  angry at the time. 
  • I don’t know why I got late all the time

Growth mindset inner-talk

  • I don’t have enough talent for singing, so I have to work hard
  • Maths is challenging.  
  • I can’t control my anger. 
  • I don’t know the value of the time

The difference in language is subtle. But the difference is there and that is that fixed mindset had stopped learning

Napoleon Hill,  write about an interesting topic in his final chapter of his famous book “Think and Grow Rich”. Its an important quality of toppers, officers and successful entrepreneurs and artist that they can constantly cut off distractions,  negative influence and sad talks. Your mind is a warehouse. A broke man’s most influential mistake in their mind is to let their mind be free and let it get affected by anyone. If you don’t take care of your company then you don’t take care of your personality, your behavior and your emotional pattern.

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4. Embracing Self-Compassion for Personal Growth


Replace self-criticism with self-compassion. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding, especially in times of failure or difficulty. Understand that mistakes are part of the learning process, and they don’t define your worth. Cultivating self-compassion allows you to bounce back from setbacks with resilience and determination.

One more important thing is that we often think of ourselves as the victim of our struggles, hardships, failures and countless bad things which happen

 in our life. But in reality, our struggles didn’t make us a victim, it made us a warrior and that’s the mindset shift we needed.

Like –

  • Children bullied me when I was small that’s why I have low self esteem or children bullied me when I was small that’s why I need to develop self esteem.
  • I am short, no pretty girl will ever loves me for who I am OR I am short how can a pretty girl can love me for who I am.
  • People says that I am not smart that’s why I don’t get grades OR I am not smart that’s why I need to work hard to get good grades.
  • I can’t afford that it’s too expensive OR how can I afford that it’s too expensive .

One important point, when you have been fixed in the shackles of fixed mindset you may consider some of these statements as too much like a fantasy land or idealistic, but that’s not the case. You are what you believe you are.

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5. Visualising Success: The Power of Positive Imagery


Harness the power of visualisation. Create a vivid mental image of your goals and dreams. See yourself achieving success, feeling the emotions, and savouring the moment. Visualisation not only boosts confidence but also programs your subconscious mind to work toward your aspirations. You can listen to visualization meditation or visualisation music or you can just imagine the scene the status you want to be in or you can write the scene you want to be in. 

Fun fact – Either you do visualisation for 1 hour or hard work for 1 hour both shows same level of improvement on the subject you want to improve in

Check this article great article written by Kristin Moe, great writer. It helped me a lot when I was learning how to visualise properly in my early days of my self development journey.

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6. Affirmations: Rewiring Your Mind for Positivity


Craft positive affirmations that counteract your limiting beliefs. Repeat these affirmations daily, internalizing the empowering thoughts. For example, if your limiting belief is “I’m not good enough,” transform it into “I am worthy and capable.” Affirmations rewire your subconscious mind, boosting self-esteem and confidence.

Here are some affirmations for you, just give them a try, also you can chant them, repeat them but remember affirmations best works when they are written down. 

  • I grow and improve every day.
  • I let go of all that no longer serves me.
  • I have the power to create change.
  • Every day is full of potential.
  • I am capable of overcoming any challenge I face.

Transforming limiting beliefs into empowering thoughts is a journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment. By recognizing, questioning, and shifting your beliefs, practising self-compassion, visualising success, and using positive affirmations, you can break free from the chains of self-doubt. Embrace the power of your mind and watch as your newfound empowering thoughts guide you toward personal growth, resilience, and a life filled with possibilities. Remember, your beliefs shape your reality; choose empowering beliefs that propel you toward the life you truly desire.

Thanks for reading! Have a nice day…

About the Author

Abhinandan Thakur is a renowned blogger and the founder of Celeb Chronicles, a popular platform dedicated to celebrity news, entertainment, and lifestyle. With a passion for writing and a keen interest in the world of celebrities,he has established himself as a prominent figure in the digital media industry.

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