What’s Your Mindset? Quiz and Reflection

Everyone really seemed to love the personality quiz I posted last Friday, so I thought I would do something similar for today! This quiz is all about finding out what kind of mindset you have, fixed or growth. I think understanding where you’re at mentally is very important because it shows you how you can improve and foster growth in your life. Even more so, mindset is crucial to everything you do in life. It guides your responses to situations, your emotions, your attitudes, and even shapes how others view you. In short, your mindset shapes your future.

I’m sure many of you are wondering what the difference between a growth and fixed mindset is, but I’d like you to take the quiz first, so that you don’t choose certain questions in favor of the mindset you want to have 🙂 So grab a piece of paper or keep a mental note of your score as you go through it.

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Screen Shot 2018-02-04 at 10.46.34 PMScreen Shot 2018-02-04 at 10.46.44 PMSo let’s define these two mindsets:

  • Fixed Mindset: People with a fixed mindset believe that they are born with a certain potential and set of skills that they cannot improve no matter how hard they try. Those with this mindset tend to spend their lives trying to prove their skills in an effort to attain personal satisfaction and gratification from others. Moreover, many of the things they do are because they don’t want to look like a failure. They are very concerned over their image and how others perceive them. Often, fixed mindset-ers will avoid difficult challenges because they are afraid to fail. They would rather do something easy because they know they are good at it. Again, this choice makes them feel smart and accomplished. Also when others around them accomplish goals, they tend to feel bad about themselves and envy others’ successes. In school or at work, these people might have the “why bother” mindset and blame others when the going gets tough. Finally, they tend to talk themselves down.
  • Growth Mindset: The overarching principle of people with a growth mindset is that they embrace failure. They see failure as an opportunity to learn and better themselves in the long run. This makes sense because growth minded people believe that self-improvement, and anything in life for that matter, is attainable through hard work and dedication. These people gladly accept criticism because they see it as feedback they can use to improve who they are. When they see others succeed, they don’t get jealous. They use it as inspiration to achieve their own goals. Growth mindset-ers tend to have positive self-talk and a generally positive view on life.

Personally, I’m more growth orientated, but I demonstrate a fixed mindset for certain things. Specifically, trying new things is hard for me. It really stresses me out because no, I don’t want to fail. Also, I tend to use the fact that I’m an introvert as an excuse to not step outside of my comfort zone. But, I’ve been working on this, and now I usually don’t let the fear stop me from going for what I want. That’s the great thing about mindset. You can change it through hard work and dedication. If you were unhappy with your results, try being observant of how you react in certain situations. Ask yourself if that’s truly the way you want to be. If it’s not, try approaching it differently or seeing it in a different light.

I don’t want it to seem like those with a fixed mindset are negative people. If you scored high on as fixed mindset and you’re happy with the way you are, then that’s great. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you’re happy with who you are and what you’ve achieved. I just want to give people a glimpse of who they are and provide them with the opportunity to change if so desired 🙂

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