We have a built in “negativity bias” – our brains pays more attention to bad than good news. That’s good for survival. If the good news is the food tastes great, & the bad news is an approaching tiger, you shouldn’t dwell on the food!
This bias means we are wired to avoid challenge – we don’t like risking failure. So progress means overcoming the bias.
People who give up easily are experts in stuckness. They:
1. Believe things won’t change: “Nothing ever changes.”
2. Put no effort in to create change: “What’s the use?”
3. Look for evidence of no change (& are good at blaming): “See. I told you things don’t change - the boss is no good.”
They have a FIXED (permanent) view about their capability. They could be right. But, when you remember the negativity bias, the need to be intentionally positive is all the more necessary.
People who create progress are experts in change. They amplify GROWTH (learning). They:
1. Focus on outcome: “How is this a good thing?”
2. Break things into small chunks: “Where do I start?”
3. Accept difficulty & build on what’s working: “Think again. Try again.”
Mindset shapes our results. Fear isn’t the enemy. Paralysis is. To learn more about GROWTH vs FIXED thinking watch this video below.