Stretch

Posted by Abe Quiring on Jun 25th 2019

Should I stay or should I go? - is the question that many of us ask ourselves when faced with a challenge.  The thought of failure paralyzes some, while invigorates others.  According to Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, there are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth.  A fixed mindset creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over due to the belief that your qualities are carved in stone.  While a growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies and help from others.

Imagine a life where you stop worrying about what others will say and start determining your own level of greatness.  Creating a growth mindset requires you to stretch yourself and become uncomfortable.  Take a small, calculated risk and pay someone a compliment, ask a question during a meeting, attempt a new skill, or cook a meal you have never made before.  Don't worry if you burn the meal, you can always order out.  My comfort level has become disrupted by writing the Positivity Project Blog.  It challenges me to put my thoughts into words and makes me vulnerable to what others will think.  Although it causes me anxiety, each time I publish there is a great sense of joy that washes over me.

You can do the impossible when you stretch yourself.  Find the joy in being uncomfortable.  Persevere during the trying times.  Work hard at getting better.  Do not play the blame game.  Never give up.  And focus on becoming great and share it with others.