Do you have the right mindset to be successful
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Do you have the right mindset to be successful?

Communication is a vital skill, not just in the workplace, but in all aspects of our lives. But communication can only be fully successful if you have the conviction and mindset to do it justice. If you are half-hearted about communicating, will people believe what you are saying, will they think your belief what you are saying. Is it true? Is it worth it? Are you the right person to communicate this topic? Should someone else do it.

So many questions, worries, and concerns can come out if you communicate without the right mindset behind you to deliver it successfully.

Mindset doesn’t just relate to communication skills. It’s how you think about yourself, your space, your life and how you live it. If you don’t have the right mindset, or a positive mindset, then it can severely hamper your decisions and your choices.

Why mindset matters

Mindset guides you in your decisions, your choices, and your reasoning. It’s a representation of your mental health state.

Like anything, your mental state must be exercised. You don’t always wake up shiny and ready to go, so you need to work on it to make sure you’re mindset is strong, robust, healthy and overall positive.

With a healthy, positive mindset you are able to achieve anything you set your mind to. You are the only thing standing in your way.

I’m sure you’ve heard yourself say “I can’t do that, I’m not good enough” or “I could never get that result”.  This thinking is known as Imposter Syndrome. This thinking makes it very difficult to think objectively about what you’re capable of. Take a read of the latest blog post from The Career Connections founder Lisa Jelly to learn more about this.

Difference between fixed and growth mindset

When thinking about mindsets there are two basic types. Fixed and Growth.

Fixed mindset is where you believe your basic qualities you naturally have are the only intelligence or talent you will ever have. The types of people who usually have this mindset are those that prefer to avoid challenges and feel threatened by others success.

Growth mindset is where you believe your basic qualities can be developed further through dedication and hard work. Through further learning and training. The types of people who usually have this mindset are those that persist in the face of setbacks, learn from criticism, and learn from the success of others.

How mindset affects you

It might appear that Growth is the preferred mindset to have than Fixed.

In my opinion I believe this to be the case. That might be because I have a growth mindset. I want to continually learn and challenge myself. See how far I can go. 

If you feel that you aren’t able to improve beyond the hand you’ve been dealt with, you continue to try to prove your set, fixed ability. But if you don’t try to learn and develop your skill, you focus on others besting you, rather than learning from them.

Mindset is scary. It can make and break you.

If you believe you can’t achieve what you are aiming for, then some of you may give up even trying. Relating this back to communications, this could mean that the communication skills and activities you are developing don’t have the desired effect and impact. As you don’t push far enough or are brave enough to take the risk and challenge yourself.

What mindset you need to succeed

To truly succeed with your communications, in the workplace, in your career, or in life, you need to develop a growth mindset.

This mindset is the key to success.

But above the belief that hard work, learning, training, effort, and persistence are important, you must also have the underlying knowledge and belief that you will absolutely achieve your goals. Whether that be successful communication campaign, virtual and face-to-face event, change of job, change of career or a big life change.

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