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The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset?

We’re always striving for growth. Whether it’s a bigger house, a bigger bank account, or bigger muscles, more is usually considered merrier. However, with this constant quest for self-improvement and a bigger bottom line, one important factor can get lost in the shuffle: mindset. You may be gaining knowledge, but are you truly growing?

We’ve discussed mindset a lot in recent blogs, and with good reason. It is fundamental to everything we are trying to achieve – both as professionals and as human beings.

This is especially true when it feels like everything is in flux; from strategy to skill requirements to working arrangements.

How do you continue to thrive when it’s impossible to predict what tomorrow will look like? By adopting a growth mindset.

Being fixed in your ways and resistant to change will get you nowhere. Adopting a growth mindset, on the other hand, opens up a world of possibilities.

So, to help make this year one of growth and continue our focus, we’ll compare fixed mindsets and growth mindsets, before analysing how to apply a growth mindset to your professional life or just life in general.

Let’s get growing!



The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset?

According to researcher Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. 

In a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are fixed traits and therefore cannot change. These people document their intelligence and talents rather than working to develop and improve them. They also believe that talent alone leads to success, and effort is not required.

In a growth mindset, people have an underlying belief that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. When people believe they can become smarter, they realise that their effort has an effect on their success, so they put in extra time, leading to higher achievement.

People with a fixed mindset always want to appear intelligent because they believe that they were born with a fixed level of intelligence that cannot be modified. These people have a fear of looking dumb to people because they do not believe that they can redeem themselves once other people look at them as being non-intelligent.


In a growth mindset, however people believe their abilities and intelligence can be developed with effort, learning, and persistence. Their basic abilities are simply a starting point for their potential. They don’t believe everyone is the same, but they hold onto the idea that everyone can become smarter if they try.

A fixed mindset assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static given which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A growth mindset on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of non-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behaviour, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness.

You can watch a great TED talk with Carol Dweck on growth mindset here.



Identify your fixed mindset triggers

Before we explore ways to foster a growth mindset, it’s crucial to be able to spot your own fixed mindset triggers. Though the outcome will always be similar – lack of motivation, resilience, and personal growth – there are several mindset triggers people tend to react to.

It’s unlikely all of these will apply to you, but it would be surprising if none of them did. If you can’t pinpoint one of these triggers as affecting you, you may actually have a false growth mindset?

Having to work hard

Most people like to say they’re hard workers. But in reality, there is something society seems to value more: being “gifted” or “naturally talented.”

Did you ever feel proud when you did well on an exam without working too hard? If hard work is one of your mindset triggers, you may get overwhelmed by tasks that require a long, sustained effort – and you will be more likely to give up.

Another sign that hard work may be a mindset trigger for you is if you tend to compare yourself to others, and you feel discouraged when it seems like it requires less effort from them to achieve the same goals.

Note that if having to work hard is of your mindset triggers, it doesn’t mean that you’re lazy. It just means you have a self-limiting belief – that you think that no matter how much work you put in, some people are just more talented than you are.

Facing setbacks

Life happens. We get sick, we can lose a job, not sign an important contract, there can be an oversight, a mistake, an accident.

A challenge is intrinsic to what you’re trying to achieve. A setback is extrinsic. Let’s say you decide to go on a diet, but on the very first day, a colleague celebrates their birthday at work and you feel like you have to accept a piece of their birthday cake. With a growth mindset, this wouldn’t be a big deal – you’d just get back on track and forget about it. But if setbacks are a mindset trigger for you, you may stop the diet altogether because you feel like you have failed already.

Let’s look at another example: you promised yourself to go for a run twice a week. But it’s been raining all week – what a bummer. Running won’t be as nice with this kind of weather. So, you don’t go for a run. You basically let something like the weather derail your plans. In your mind, a setback is not a setback, it’s a roadblock.

Getting negative feedback

We don’t all handle critique the same way. Ok, let’s look at professional athletes. They get a ton of feedback from their coach. And sometimes, that feedback can be pretty harsh. But they listen, they learn, they apply the feedback and suggestions. The problem is that some of us struggle to separate our performance from our identity. If we didn’t do well, we think we’re not good enough. Think about how you react to critique – is it one of your mindset triggers?

Being challenged.

Being out of your comfort zone is one of the best signs you are learning and growing. Think about it – unless you’re getting stretched, chances are you’re simply repeating stuff you already know.

Some people are not comfortable being on the edge of their competence. If your mindset trigger is being challenged, it means that when you try to work on something and the solution you try doesn’t work, you believe the goal itself is too hard – and you may quit altogether.

Seeing success in others.

This is one people have a hard time admitting to. It has happened to me before. I would look at someone who was either more senior or had more experience, and I would compare myself to them.

It’s not a pretty emotion – I was basically feeling jealous. What my brain didn’t seem to really get, though, is that these people had been working at it for longer than me, and that there was no reason I wouldn’t get to a similar lever if I put in the effort too.

It can be intimidating to hang out with people who are more advanced than you in their journey – which is why it’s a mindset trigger for many of us.

You may be facing more subtle mindset triggers—for example, some people have specific mindset triggers when it comes to their siblings or their best friend.

But it’s very unlikely you don’t have any mindset triggers. So, take the time to explore your thoughts and your emotions so you can become aware of them. 


How to foster a growth mindset

As Carol Dweck said, there are two ways to look at the world: “In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.”


When you have a growth mindset, the hand you are dealt is just a starting point for personal growth. By changing your vision of effort and failure, you can design a whole new approach to your life.

Convinced? Here are fifteen strategies you can use to develop a growth mindset.

Remember the concept of neuroplasticity

here is lots of research showing your brain’s structure is not fixed. Your mind should not be fixed either.

Appreciate the process over the results

It’s all about the learning process. Don’t worry too much about the actual result, make sure you learn as much as possible.

Acknowledge your weaknesses

Ignoring your weaknesses means that you’ll never manage to improve. Acknowledging and embracing your imperfections also means you know which ones you want to work on.

Cultivate your sense of purpose

According to Carol Dweck’s research, people with a growth mindset have a greater sense of purpose. Keep asking “why” and think about the meaning of your work.

Don’t say failing, say learning

Shift your vision of failure. If you fall short of a goal or make a mistake, don’t see it as a failure – make it a learning opportunity.

Value effort over talent.

Stop chasing the reputation of someone who is “naturally smart.” First, genius requires work. Second, you won’t be perceived as smart if you’re not willing to put the work in.

Consider challenges as opportunities

Challenges are an opportunity for self-improvement. Tackle them, and whether you succeed or fail, make sure to learn as much as possible.

Place growth before speed

It takes time to learn. Learning fast doesn’t mean learning well, and learning well requires allowing time for mistakes. Think realistically about time and effort it will require to acquire a new skill. Don’t expect to master everything in one sitting.

Do not chase other people’s approval

When you prioritise approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth.

View criticism as a gift

Related – don’t wait for constructive criticism. Analyse all criticism. Do not let it destroy you, see it as a useful data point.

Celebrate actions, not attributes

Give yourself a pat on the back when you did something smart—not just when you were being smart and relying on your previous knowledge.

Grow with others

If you have a growth mindset, you may want to share and celebrate your progress with others. Learn from other people’s mistakes, take risks with them. Don’t try to look your best, show how hard you’re willing to work and how comfortable you are with experimenting.

Take the time to reflect

Either once a day, once a week, or once a month, use journaling and metacognition techniques to reflect on your personal growth trajectory.

Cultivate perseverance.

Grit and determination will help you overcome challenges. Remind yourself of all the times you managed to deal with a particularly tough situation. You can do it again.

Use the “not yet” technique.

Carol Dweck says adding “not yet” to any fixed mindset statement is a great way to reframe your thought processes. When you’re struggling, just remind yourself that you haven’t mastered that skill…Yet.

There are probably more growth mindset techniques out there, but I think these will help you get the gist of it. Now, let’s have a look at the questions you can ask yourself to develop a growth mindset on a day-to-day basis.



Your mindset determines your success

If you have a growth mindset, you’re much more likely to be successful. Why? Because you have the drive, willingness, and overall foundation of belief to aim for bigger, better things.

If you have a fixed mindset, you’ll find yourself becoming stagnant, without the motivation to achieve anything greater than what you already have.

To quote Carol Dweck:

“For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”


A fixed mindset will lead you to avoid challenges because they can make you feel inferior. On the flip side, if you have a growth mindset you thrive on challenges. You’ll learn to stretch yourself, seek improvement, and grow personally.

If you have a fixed mindset, you’ll also be tempted to let one setback define you forever. A bad grade, a failure at work, a break up – you’ll feel like all these are definitive in your life.

However, if you have a growth mindset, you’ll take those setbacks and turn them into successes, learning from failure and bouncing back better than ever.


It’s all about mindset

Have you ever had someone say to you, “It’s all about perspective”? That’s what mindset is – the way you look at yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you.

If you have a growth mindset, you understand that the harder you work, the more drive you have, and the more optimism you use when facing the world, the more successful you’ll be.

Take a minute to consider yourself and your perception? Are you a fixed mindset person or do you have more of a growth mindset perspective?

Fortunately, you can change your mindset at any time you wish.



How can a person’s mindset change?

Just as someone can grow and develop their intellect, a person is also capable of changing brain functions and their thinking patterns.

Neuroscience shows us that the brain continues to develop and change, even as adults. The brain is similar to plastic in that it can be remoulded over time, as new neural pathways form. This has led scientists to identify the tendency of the brain to change through growth and reorganisation as “neuroplasticity”.

Studies have shown the brain can grow new connections, strengthen existing ones, and improve the speed of pulse transmission. These suggest that a person with a fixed mindset can slowly develop a growth mindset.

According to Dr. Carol Dweck, you can change your mindset from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. This is also supported by neuroscience studies demonstrating the malleability of self-attributes such as intelligence.



How to develop a growth mindset

Researchers have found that it is possible to promote a growth mindset by teaching students about neuroscience evidence showing the brain is malleable and improves through effort.

There are several ways to develop a growth mindset:

Realise that, scientifically, you can improve

One of the most direct methods of fostering a growth mindset is by understanding our brains are built to grow and learn. By challenging yourself with new experiences, you can form or strengthen neural connections to “rewire” your brain which, in turn, can make you smarter.

Remove the “fixed mindset” inner voice

Many people have a negative inner voice that acts against a growth mindset. Try to flip thoughts such as ‘I can’t do this’, to ‘I can do this if I keep practicing’ to nurture a growth mindset.

Reward the process

Although society often rewards those who achieve excellent outcomes, this can work against a growth mindset. Instead, reward the process and the effort exerted. One study by Dr. Carol Dweck showed that rewarding effort over results on a maths game improved performance.

Get feedback

Try and seek feedback on your work. When students are provided with progressive feedback about what they did well and where they can improve, it creates motivation to keep going. Feedback is also associated with a pleasurable dopamine response and enhances a growth mindset.

Get out of your comfort zone

Being brave enough to leave your comfort zone can help foster a growth mindset. When faced with a challenge, try to choose the harder option that will allow you to grow.

Accept failure as part of the process

Failure, setbacks, and initial confusion are all part of the learning process! When trying   something new, see occasional “failures” as positive learning opportunities – try to enjoy the discovery process along the way.


The Difference Between Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset – Final thought

The growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ability can be nurtured through learning and effort. Growth-minded people see setbacks as a necessary part of the learning process and bounce back from “failure” by increasing effort.

This mindset has positive effects on motivation and academic performance in students or in professionals.

The limited evidence from neuroscience suggests the brains of people with a growth mindset are more active than those with a fixed mindset–particularly in areas associated with error-correction and learning.

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100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes

Looking for positive growth mindset quotes? Want encouragement to continue to learn and improve?

This blog post will help you out. We have 100 of the best quotes about developing a growth mindset.

But before we dig into these quotes, let’s make sure we are all on the same page and understand the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?

Researcher Carol S. Dweck led a study thirty years ago to discover the underlying beliefs we tend to have about intelligence and learning.

Through this study, Dr. Dweck found out that there are individuals who have the understanding that we can develop our intelligence and abilities, that is, we can grow.

The individuals who possess this understanding were observed to bounce back better from failure, and Dr. Dweck described the attitude they possessed as “growth mindset”.

She also used the term “fixed mindset” to describe those who were devastated even with minor setbacks.



What is growth mindset?

Carol Dweck, a professor at Stanford University coined the theory of growth mindset. This theory categorises human learning and intelligence patterns into two categories – fixed mindset and growth mindset.

Fixed mindset is when individuals consider that their abilities and talents are constrained to a fixed set. On the other hand, when individuals believe that they can improve their abilities, intelligence and talents through their efforts, it is termed as growth mindset.

Theologians and teachers from ancient times have expounded on the inherent ability of the mind to grow and become smarter. But it was Prof. Dweck who first developed a structured theory on the characteristics of growth mindsets.

You can watch a great TED talk with Carol Dweck on growth mindset here.



Fixed vs. growth mindsets

According to Carol Dweck’s Mindset Theory, we all fall somewhere along a spectrum when it comes to our implicit beliefs. At one end, it’s possible to have a fixed mindset or an entity theory:

“A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities, their intelligence, their talents, their abilities, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount, and that’s that.”

If your implicit beliefs fall at the other end of the spectrum, you have a growth mindset – incremental theory:

“(You) believe that even basic talents and abilities can be developed over time through experience, mentorship, and so on…and these are the people who go for it. (Dweck, 2012)”


A fixed mindset can often be associated with negative feelings when individuals encounter a setback. If we fail to meet goals (say an A+ in a test or a promotion at work), we may feel inadequate – that’s all we’re supposedly capable of after all, innately.

Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.

Perhaps for readily apparent reasons, Mindset Theory often gets applied in learning.


100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes

Read through the 100 growth mindset quotes below and, by the time you’re finished, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on the world and that nothing can stop you.

  1. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Molière
  2. “Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.” – George Whitefield
  3. “Keep trying until you have no more chances left.” – Aimee Carter
  4. “Keep the faith, don’t lose your perseverance and always trust your gut extinct.” – Paula Abdul
  5. “A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.” – Ray Davis
  6. “Hope and change are hard-fought things.” – Michelle Obama
  7. “Everything happens for a reason and sometimes that reason is you’re not prepared for life today so just take a nap and try again.” – Nitya Prakash
  8. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
  9. “Mistakes aren’t mistakes; they are lessons!” – Israelmore Ayivor
  10. “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw
  11. “If you are going through a time of discouragement, there is a time or great personal growth ahead.” – Oswald Chambers
  12. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams
  13. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
  14. “It’s your game; make up your own rules.” Barbara Corcoran
  15. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela
  16. “Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.” – Unknown
  17. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller
  18. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  19. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.” – Marilyn Monroe
  20. “Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” – T. Harv Eker
  21. “Remember, you were created to be a champion and ready for any battle.” – Pernell Stoney
  22. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn.
  23. “The hugest pile of challenges and hardships will not hold back a needle of the clock.” – Roy A. Ngansop
  24. “Work hard now. Don’t wait. If you work hard enough, you’ll be given what you deserve.” – Shaquille O’Neal
  25. “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley
  26. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
  27. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett-Henry
  28. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock
  29. “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine
  30. “Life keeps throwing me stones. And I keep finding the diamonds.” – Ana Claudia Antunes
  31. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” – Thomas H. Palmer
  32. “In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.” Drew Barrymore
  33. “You don’t have to have a small fortune to achieve your dreams. You simply must overcome the obstacles that get in your way and be willing to triumph over your fear and take a leap of faith.” – Alicia Garcia
  34. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “The difference between the difficult and the impossible is that the impossible takes a little longer time.” – Lady Aberdeen
  36. “The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.” – Harry Golden
  37. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
  38. “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.” – J. M. Barrie
  39. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” – Anonymous
  40. “Believe you can…and you are halfway there!” – Theodore Roosevelt
  41. “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl
  42. “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” – Niels Bohr
  43. “You can’t stop dreaming just because the night never seems to end.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones
  44. “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” – Joseph Campbell
  45. “In fact, stories of people of achievement often show that obstacles and struggles are the stepping stones to success.” – Michal Stawicki
  46. “Take up one idea, make that one idea your life – Think of it, dream of it, life on that idea.” – Swami Vivekananda
  47. “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah Winfrey
  48. “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow
  49. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne
  50. “Perseverance is a virtue that cannot be understated.” – Bob Riley
  51. “Dream after dream comes true—or rather is made true by persevering effort.” – L.M. Montgomery
  52. “Dreams don’t work unless you do. “– John C. Maxwell
  53. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
  54. “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” – Roger Crawford
  55. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
  56. “It’s too easy to walk away quitter never wins so you should better stay look challenges straight in the eye.” – Z. Vujcic
  57. “A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.” – Vernon Howard
  58. “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  59. “It’s the ability to resist to use failure that often leads to great success.”  – J.K. Rowling
  60. “Challenges are an opportunity to test you and rise to the next level.”  – Angelica Montrose
  61. “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
  62. “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” – Helen Keller
  63. “Learn from the stories of people who faced challenges you haven’t yet experienced.” – Joanna Barsh
  64. “If you don’t give anything, don’t expect anything. Success is not coming to you. You must come get it.” – Marva Collins
  65. “Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton
  66. “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” – Theodore Newton Vail
  67. “Test scores and measures of achievement tell you where a student is, but they don’t tell you where a student could end up.” – Carol Dweck
  68. “Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.” Beyonce
  69. “The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.” – John Foster Dulles
  70. “Don’t be too timid and too squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” – Raulph Waldo Emerson
  71. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews
  72. “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
  73. “There’s no such thing as failure, only results.” – Tony Robbins
  74. “Don’t give up at half time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
  75. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney
  76. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Don’t Quit.” – Michael Jordan
  77. “Always do what you are afraid of doing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  78. “The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.” Gisele Bundchen
  79. “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  80. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson
  81. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
  82. “Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  83. “Smiling is a wonderful way to get a boost of happiness. The next time life presents you with a challenging situation, take a deep breath and smile.” – Morris Pratt
  84. “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote
  85. “Obstacles and challenges will arise no matter who you are or what you are trying to accomplish but it is only those who know there is a solution and keep digging until they find it that will conquer the day.” – Byron Pulsifer
  86. “To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny.” – George Washington
  87. “Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” – Richard Bach
  88. “Sometimes, some people and some situations deserve a second chance.” – Germany Kent
  89. “Make sure life the best story ever written through a journey filled with overcoming obstacles, taking risks, and continuing to develop.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  90. “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” – Arnold Palmer
  91. “You can use the stumbling blocks to build your success.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
  92. “No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.” – Donald Trump
  93. “Sometimes, instead of climbing over the barricades, you’ve got to walk around them.” – Bono
  94. “If at first you don’t succeed, you are running about average.” – M.H. Alderson
  95. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
  96. “It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.” – Herbie Hancok
  97. “Your thoughts don’t make you who you are, your actions do. Be better than your thoughts.” – Bucky Buckbinder
  98. “Every defeat gives us a new opportunity to try again.” – Avijeet Das
  99. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon
  100. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin


100 Positive Growth Mindset Quotes – Final thought

Success is not about the money earned but more about the growth in life. It is in the ability to quickly dealing with your problems.

You should learn to find a concrete solution and solve the problem at once, this will let you move on in life.

Now that you have the inspiration from these great thinkers and leaders, you can be a little more motivated when you’re trying to maintain a growth mindset in life.

Do you have a favourite growth mindset quote? Share it below in the comments.

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Growth Mindset Activities 

If you’re unfamiliar, growth mindset is a learning theory developed by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck. Dweck spent years researching success and failure, and came to the conclusion that how we tackle learning comes from one of two “mindsets”: fixed or growth.

Someone with a “fixed mindset” believes our basic abilities (intelligence, talents) are static. That is, we live with what we’re born with; we don’t have the capacity to learn and grow and change.

Someone with a “growth mindset, however, knows that the brain changes and grows when we use it. Learning is everything; our intelligence and talents can be developed and improved. When we encounter failure, we understand it’s an opportunity to learn.

For children, a fixed mindset sounds like this: “I’m not good at reading”, “I can’t draw” or “I’m bad at math”. They have a hard time recovering from a setback, and they’re hesitant to challenge themselves.

As adults, many of us do this too: “I’m too old for this”, “I’m not good with new technology”, or “I already know what works for me”. Sound familiar?

The good news? It’s not too late to develop a growth mindset – it just takes a little practice.



Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

According to Carol Dweck’s Mindset Theory, we all fall somewhere along a spectrum when it comes to our implicit beliefs. At one end, it’s possible to have a fixed mindset or an entity theory:

“A fixed mindset is when people believe their basic qualities, their intelligence, their talents, their abilities, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount, and that’s that.”

If your implicit beliefs fall at the other end of the spectrum, you have a growth mindset – incremental theory:

“(You) believe that even basic talents and abilities can be developed over time through experience, mentorship, and so on…and these are the people who go for it. (Dweck, 2012)”


A fixed mindset can often be associated with negative feelings when individuals encounter a setback. If we fail to meet goals (say an A+ in a test or a promotion at work), we may feel inadequate – that’s all we’re supposedly capable of after all, innately.

Having a growth mindset, on the other hand, means we view our failures as “development points” and can work on them to succeed.

Perhaps for readily apparent reasons, Mindset Theory often gets applied in learning contexts, both in academia for students and in workplace coaching, leadership, or professional development.


Why is a Growth Mindset Important?

Choosing to have a growth mindset vs fixed mindset can help you pursue long-term personal and professional growth. Where a fixed mindset can make you feel like you are in a “talent race” with those around you, a growth mindset can motivate you to collaborate in order to achieve success.

A growth mindset can also lead to more open-mindedness, which fosters the ability to learn new things.

Like Carol Dweck explained, people with a growth mindset tend to take on challenges and stretch themselves to accommodate them, often committing to lifelong learning that supports their success.



Develop a growth mindset

Did you know that learning – at any age – has a profound impact on the brain?

That’s what the growth mindset advocates: challenge yourself with something new, and your brain will form newer, stronger connections.

As Dweck herself will tell you, adopting a growth mindset is all about embracing the power of “yet”.

You don’t know something……yet.

You can’t do it……yet.

Even as an adult, you’re on a learning curve and your effort, focus and perseverance are what will help you continue to grow.

That thing you’ve been wanting to learn? Do it! That course you’ve wanted to take? Start it!

It’s never too late!


Growth Mindset Activities

Cultivating a growth mindset starts with you. While you can binge growth mindset TED Talks or read inspirational growth mindset quotes, we’re here to show you another approach. An approach that will help you create some epic experiences.


Activity #1: Introspection

Introspection is a great method when you’re engaging in growth mindset activities. Take the time to reflect on your triumphs and challenges.

One growth mindset activity to take part in is the rose, thorn, and bud technique.

🌹 Rose: This part highlights a positive event. It can consist of celebrating the small victories, successes, and appreciating the moments that went well.

💥 Thorn: This is a setback or anything negative that may have occurred. Thorns focus on challenges and roadblocks that may have hindered any work.

🌱 Bud: This area refers to something you’re looking forward to in the future. This is an opportunity to explore possible outcomes and apply new learnings.

This growth mindset activity gives you the opportunity to debrief and flush out any lingering thoughts that may be brewing in your mind.

Part of developing a growth mindset is reflecting and believing that your outcome isn’t end-all. This exercise can help you shift from a fixed to a growth mindset.

Growth mindset activities are about pushing the boundaries. With a growth mindset you start to understand you have control over your own destiny.


Activity #2: Find the positives

Another way to start implementing a growth mindset is by putting a positive spin onto any situation. Merely changing the language can shift your mentality. Repeating positive affirmations and thoughts will brighten your overall attitude.

Try repeating these phrases to yourself:

  • I strive for progress, not perfection.
  • When I don’t succeed, I try again.
  • There is a way around this.
  • I wonder what this experience is trying to teach me?
  • I can learn from my mistakes.
  • I haven’t figured it out yet.
  • It’s OK to make mistakes.
  • This is not a dead-end.

A growth mindset operates on the idea of reframing thoughts from negative to positive. It takes ownership of your results and decisions, so you can achieve your goals.

We challenge you to practice restructuring your thought process to help you seek out growth opportunities.

Growth mindset activities not only include mental power but physical power too. Look into mediating as you transition into a growth mindset.



Activity #3: Mindfulness

A growth mindset isn’t just mental, it also requires a bit of a physical shift. The mind and body go hand-in-hand when evolving into a growth mindset.

While there are many ways to develop a growth mindset, try engaging in mindfulness activities. This practice weeds out any interpretation or judgment and allows you to focus on the present moment.

Try mindfulness activities like these:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Mediation
  • Walking
  • Stretching
  • Laying down

As simple as these tasks are, they can have a profound effect on the mind. While you’re walking, listening to your breath, or clearing your mind, take the time to focus on the task at hand.

Bring awareness to your thoughts and surroundings. Pursuing mindfulness activities can bring you new experiences and perspectives to familiar situations.



Growth Mindset Activities – Final thought

The list of growth mindset activities is abundant. Out of them all, there is no superior method to develop a growth mindset. The key is to find the methods that work best for you.

So, adopt the attitude to experiment and see what you like. After all, trying these growth mindset activities will develop your mindset to begin with.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@mydoshtips.com. I would love to hear from you!

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Growth Mindset Meaning – Simple Guide!

Having a “growth mindset” has never been more important than now. The world is changing at an incredibly fast pace, and there are new challenges we must face every day.

Our way of life is changing, norms are changing, and we must keep up and adjust to all of these changes. This is why having a growth mindset is so necessary.

Growth Mindset” is a term you often hear within the world of education, especially when looking for ways to improve academically. But what exactly does it mean, and why is it so important to have a “Growth Mindset?”



Growth Mindset Meaning

I while ago, I came across the research of Professor Carol Dweck about how our Mindsets have a massive impact on motivation and, in particular, our motivation to learn new things.

Recent neuroscience has revealed some astonishing revelations about how our brains can be altered to shape intelligence.

The beliefs we hold about our intelligence can greatly impact on the language and behaviour we exhibit on a day-to-day basis.

If these beliefs are rooted in out-dated notions that the brain is static and does not change (what we are born with is our lot), this can greatly impinge on what we are able to achieve in life and how we think about ourselves.

From Dweck’s findings, she coined the terms Fixed and Growth Mindset. We are all a mixture of both. As the names suggest, a Fixed Mindset stems from the belief that the intelligence you are born with is fixed and cannot change, what you are born with is what you have.


A Growth Mindset stems from the idea that intelligence can be grown as a result of specific, targeted actions of which we are in control. This is where the Mindset training becomes a tool of self-regulation and can help children to see the reasons behind taking particular actions for their learning.

Having a Growth Mindset is about progress and change. It focuses on the reasons why this action may not occur and what we can do to change that.

It goes without saying that everyone, not just professionals, should strive for a growth mindset. You have the power to climb mountains, brave storms, and ride the waves!

Now, let’s kick fixed mindset out and start developing a growth mindset!


Why is growth mindset important?

Implementing a growth mindset is important because:

  • It supports the development of resilience
  • It supports self-regulation
  • It helps us to recognise the importance of challenge, struggle, mistakes and failure in learning and innovation
  • It provides a means by which to tackle mental health issues which stem from a lack of belief in one’s self and one’s abilities
  • It supports the cultivation of creativity
  • It helps us to find courage and motivation which creates progress
  • It helps us to achieve more
  • It helps us to be happier and more satisfied



10 ways to develop a growth mindset

Now that you have an idea of what a growth mindset is, let’s dig a little deeper. We have compiled 10 techniques to help you unlock the growth mindset part of your brain. Let’s get started!



Take time to acknowledge, reflect, and embrace all your failures. Becoming aware of your areas of improvement is the stepping stone in cultivating a growth mindset. Sweeping your weaknesses under the rug will only inhibit your ability to reach success.


Find your purpose

In a growth mindset TED Talk led by Charlotte Barber, the young speaker explains how fostering a “growth mindset with a strong purpose and a toned resilience muscle, you’ll find that there are always other ways to achieve your goals.” We agree. Take time to reflect and find your purpose.


Take on challenges

Part of developing a growth mindset is shattering the negative perception of a challenge. Embrace challenges and view them as fruitful learning experiences that you would not get otherwise. Elbert Hubbard once said,The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make a mistake.”


Foster grit

Grit is the ability to persevere through obstacles in order to reach a meaningful end-goal. Hold on to grit. It gives that internal push to keep moving forward and fulfil your commitments.


Incorporate “yet” 

Integrating the word yet into your vocabulary signals that despite any struggles, you can overcome anything. It’s a matter of time and little effort. Practicing growth mindset activities like yet starts shifting that fixed mindset to a growth mindset.


Write down goals

Growth mindset people are aware that once one goal is down, they have others lined up to pursue. Create clear, realistic goals based on your passion and purpose. And be sure to give yourself enough time to conquer them thoroughly.



Alter your attitude

Fixed mindsets tend to harbour negative, pessimistic, and no-can-do attitudes. Kick those thoughts out now. The power of positive, optimistic thinking can instantly shift your mood that not only inspires you but others around you as well.



Ask for constructive feedback

A growth mindset proactively sources out feedback from peers, friends, and leadership. It’s a chance to find lessons, learn from mistakes, and place efforts into skills that will help in the long run.


Practice mindfulness/meditation

Mental and physical activities are another piece of the growth mindset formula. Mediation, walking, or even stretching allows you to focus on the present moment, mediate on your surroundings, and brings clarity to a cloudy mind.



Appreciate the journey

An important factor when building a growth mindset is seeing the value in your journey. When you are fixated on the outcome, you miss out on valuable learning moments that can improve your professional development overall. A growth mindset sees beauty in struggling.


Growth Mindset Meaning – Final thought

Developing a growth mindset isn’t an easy task but is definitely worth the time and effort. By adapting one is not only a better way to learn but also a better way to life live.

In order to develop a growth mindset, you must change your perspective and cultivate self-acceptance, as approval from others and fear of embarrassment can prevent a growth mindset.

While learning something new, view challenges as opportunities to grow, and view errors or mistakes as lessons learned.

Try to redefine what failure means to you, and remember that patience is key.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@mydoshtips.com. I would love to hear from you!

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10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset

When I was younger, in my teens, early 20s, and even through to my 30’s – I was trapped. Not physically, but mentally: by the destructive thought pattern called pessimism.

This negative thinking poisoned what might have been a pretty good and opportunity-filled childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

This pessimism created ceilings and walls where there really were none.

Throughout the period when I was ridden by pessimism, my life and I mostly stood still. Looking back, it was a terrible waste.

If you are in pessimistic place, you don’t have to stay there for the rest of your life. I didn’t, for I learned to replace my negative thinking with optimism.



Are you an optimist or pessimist?

Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? What do these words mean to you?

If you’re uncertain, perhaps the question should be more specific: what do you think about your life? How do you see your future? Is it more pain and misery or rainbows and butterflies?

The modern world makes it truly difficult to be naturally positive. From our busy, fast-paced lives, to all the negativity, scarcity, violence, and fear that we’re constantly bombarded with on TV and online, it would be cynical to say it’s easy to be happy nowadays.

The COVID-19 crisis brought even more troubles to our plates, with all the uncertainty about the future and the economic crisis we’re facing.

In such circumstances, slipping into a negative state of mind can happen without even noticing. You just wake up one day thinking: when did it all go downhill?

A negative attitude is a sure way towards achieving total life dissatisfaction and pushing people away from yourself.

If you’ve had a few bad experiences when you’ve tried to change or influence the world around you, then it’s likely that only resulted in further disappointment.


However, there’s always one thing you can do, and it is no small matter but something achievable if you really want to do it—change yourself. How?

By achieving a positive mindset.

It may sound like a cliché, but the benefits of a positive mindset are real and demonstrated by multiple scientific studies.

A positive mindset is a game-changer, as it will further elevate and improve your attitude and behaviour, and make you a happier person in the process.

This article is all about showing you what, how, and why of achieving a positive mindset and attitude in life.

I will explore 10 positivity habits that have helped me to go from someone who was pessimistic most of the time, to someone who is now optimistic almost all the time.

I recommend to not try to add all the habits at one go, but to try a few for a while before adding more. This way you will have time to adapt to them.

So, let’s get started.


10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset

Start the day with a positive affirmation

How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day?

This is likely because you started out the day with a negative emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced.

Instead of letting this dominate you, start your day with positive affirmations. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be awesome today.” You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.



Practice Gratitude

One of the quickest ways to shift your focus away from negativity, judgment, and disappointment is to list the things in your life for which you are grateful.

Be grateful to be gainfully employed, to sleep in a bed each night, for the sun that comes up each morning, for the waiter who greets you with a smile, for the people that love and care for you, and for a body that lets you experience life each day.


Practicing gratefulness can cause almost an immediate shift in your perspective. Keeping a daily gratitude journal, even digitally, can help remind you to keep life’s blessings at the forefront of your mind.

Another strategy is to have a gratitude partner—someone who can support you in your journey to positive thinking. Each day, text, email or tell each other three things for which you are grateful. Think of this person as your accountability partner for your path to healthy thinking.



Focus on the present

I’m talking about the present—not today, not this hour, only this exact moment. You might be getting chewed out by your boss, but what in this exact moment is happening that’s so bad?

Forget the comment he made five minutes ago. Forget what he might say five minutes from now. Focus on this one, individual moment.

In most situations, you’ll find it’s not as bad as you imagine it to be. Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event.

Stay in the present moment, and watch your life transform.



Read a book

Books are an invaluable resource at your disposal. They teach, encourage, ridicule, and even lift your spirits.

One of the things you need to do if you want to create and foster a positive mindset is crack open a book and read it.

There are countless books out there, available either in soft or hard copies. There are advantages and disadvantages to reading either a soft or hard copy, but at the end of the day, you get to read a book.

When looking for a book to read, look for ones that will lift your positivity, and leave you feeling better.

There are inspirational books that are solely tailored to give you a positive mindset. If you are unsure about such books, you can ask for help from the bookstore you decide to get your books from.

You can also ask for guidance from your circle of friends regarding any books that would give you a positive mindset.

If you read a book and find it helpful, don’t feel shy to recommend it to your friends, or someone you think might need it.

There is a never-ending list of self-development books out there to learn from.


Write down your goals

Writing down your goals is a great habit to have when you want to live a more positive life. It means you have a clear vision of what you want and how you want to get there.

Writing down your goals will program your brain to help you find the positive steps you can take to achieve them.

It will alert your brain to notice things and events that are related to your goal. You will automatically be more aware of certain events, opportunities and people who can be helpful.

You’ll also be clearer about what you want, and this will sneak into your conversation and your general attitude, where others can pick up on it.



Reframe your challenges

There are no dead ends, only re-directions. Although we might try, there are very few things in life that we have complete control over.

We should not let uncontrollable occurrences from the outside turn our inner to mush. What we can control is the effort that we put in and when we give our full effort, there is no reason for regret.

Have fun with challenges, embrace them as adventures instead of attempting to resist an experience for growth. Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.Robert Kiyosaki


Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk

Negative self-talk can creep up easily and is often hard to notice. You might think I’m so bad at this or I shouldn’t have tried that.

But these thoughts turn into internalised feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones.

For example, “I’m so bad at this becomes Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at thisI shouldn’t have tried becomes That didn’t work out as planned – maybe next time”.


Focus on role models in order to strengthen your weaknesses

As creatures of comfort, we often refuse to abandon our comfort zone, lacking the motivation, especially after having experienced the outcomes of our weaknesses.

When we do not feel the urge to strive for better, the figure of role models could help us to score big in the game of positive thinking.

Through those that we admire (not envy), we can be driven for better in the path for self-improvement.

Positive people find their role models among those people they love. Focus on those traces from each role model that you would also like to get in order to become your best you.


Have a solid morning routine

What do you do when you wake up? Groan about how tired you are? Check your phone for work emails or scroll through an endless feed of Instagram posts? Do those choices make you happy? Or are they more reactionary at this point?

A naturally positive person doesn’t wake up and engage in activities that are stressful or sucks the joy out of them.

They have a morning routine that energises them; one that puts them in the right mindset for positivity.


That could be making a hot pot of coffee and enjoying the fresh air outside on their patio. Maybe that looks like going for a morning walk. Perhaps they even journal their thoughts and write down what they’re grateful for.

The key takeaway here is this: you can’t become a positive person if the very first moments of your day take away from your happiness.



Make someone else smile

Who do you think about most of the time? If we answered honestly, most of us would say themselves.

It’s good to hold ourselves accountable, take responsibility for our life roles, hygiene, food, etc. but set a goal for each day to make someone else smile.

Think about someone else’s happiness and it will help us to realize our immense impact that our attitude and expression has on the people around us.


10 Habits of People with a Positive Mindset – Final thought

Sometimes the task of changing out mindset can be difficult. We think that we have to control every single thought, however, that is not the case.

All you need to do is start making small changes in our daily life and eventually those changes will snowball into something bigger and better in the coming days, months and even years.

All you have to do is start. Start making the effort. Start trying to change.

If you make one small change and do it successfully, you are more likely to make more successful, bigger changes in the future.

So, the only thing that you need to do is start.

I hope you all got as much out of this article as I did when I wrote it.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

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Daily affirmations for self esteem

Today I will talking through daily affirmations for self-esteem and how they can have a positive impact on your mindset.

Self-esteem is how much you appreciated yourself. How much value you put in yourself? In other words, self-esteem is feeling good about yourself.

Using positive self-esteem affirmations can aid you in increasing your positive view of yourself.

Sometimes we are going through hard situations in our lives and need a little booster to feel better and affirmations could be what makes the difference in our day.

Affirmations for self-esteem can help you feel better and help you start developing more self-love.

Practicing affirmations could be an easy and quick way of raising your energy and your spirits in the mornings, or can used throughout the day if you need a pick me up mentally.

Affirmations are definitely a good to start your day!

I start my day with morning affirmations and have created a routine. Affirmations are short phrases you can use every day.

Just repeat them and believe in them as you are saying them.



What’s an affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought.

By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones.

They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, or help you push through fear.

Affirmations have been incredibly useful to me. They’ve helped me, time and time again, to break out of negative thinking patterns and to build healthier ones.

In the past, I’ve used them to boost my confidence, push through fear, build boundaries in life, and to find greater joy in life.

Today though, I’m looking for some to boost my self-esteem. If you’ve been going through something similar, I hope these affirmations will remind and empower you to be your authentically incredible selves!

Choose one affirmation that speaks most to you (or write your own version!) and repeat it to yourself each morning.

Let’s boost your self-esteem!


How to practice affirmations for self-esteem?

These are lots of ways to use affirmations and people use them differently. Some people speak them into a mirror on a morning, others run them through their minds when negative thoughts begin to plague them.

I have a different method of doing my daily affirmations that may work for you if you like to journal. Every day, I choose one affirmation that resonates with me and write it in my journal.

I find that repeating the affirmation throughout the day to myself gradually helps change my thought process over time.


Affirmations are not a quick fix for mental health problems. Like any thought changing behaviour, they take time, patience and a lot of practice.

Our negative self-talk builds up over time and it can take some time to alter these thought patterns. I promise that you are more special than you believe.

You can get started with this list of 100 affirmations for self-esteem below. I hope they help to inspire and motivate you towards a healthier mindset.

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Daily affirmations for self esteem

  1. I love my body and all it does for me
  2. I am enough
  3. I am worthy of love
  4. I respect my own boundaries
  5. Today, I choose me
  6. I love the woman/man that I am
  7. I am loved
  8. I am deserving of love
  9. I am kind to myself
  10. Love flows from within me
  11. I am beautiful, inside and out
  12. I embrace my unique individuality
  13. I deserve happiness
  14. I let go of negative self-talk
  15. I am whole
  16. Everything I need is within me
  17. I am in control of my happiness
  18. I am capable of reaching my goals
  19. I accept myself unconditionally
  20. I do not let my fears hold me back
  21. I am grateful for all that I have
  22. I make time to care for myself
  23. I love and accept all of me
  24. Loving myself comes easily and naturally
  25. I am strong and resilient
  26. I am successful
  27. My capacity for love is infinite
  28. I let go of those who do not have my best interests at heart
  29. I let go of my past and live in the present
  30. I am growing each and every day
  31. I forgive myself and learn from my mistakes
  32. I am a work of art
  33. I am valued
  34. I allow myself to feel deeply
  35. I am open to receive love
  36. I love the body I was born with
  37. I can achieve anything I set my mind to
  38. I overcome challenges with grace and ease
  39. I have a warm and caring heart
  40. I am exactly who I need to be in this moment
  41. I send love to my fears and doubts
  42. I deflect negativity
  43. I believe in myself
  44. I can say no when something does not serve me
  45. I let go of that which no longer serves me
  46. I accept compliments easily
  47. I release any need for suffering
  48. I have a lot to offer the world
  49. I love every part of what makes me who I am
  50. I am blanketed in the Universes’ loving energy
  51. My life is filled with love and joy
  52. I have always and will always try my best
  53. I have achieved great things
  54. I respect myself
  55. My life is a place of balance and harmony
  56. I have the power to change my world
  57. I choose to stop apologizing for being me
  58. I am not my mistakes or my flaws
  59. Others accept and love me for who I am
  60. I prioritize myself and my needs
  61. I radiate confidence
  62. My mind is filled with loving thoughts
  63. I attract positive and loving people into my life
  64. The more I practice loving myself, the more lovable I become
  65. I let love in
  66. I let my love for myself increase each day
  67. Love flows freely from inside of me
  68. I practice self-compassion when I do not succeed
  69. I honour my own life path
  70. I honour and respect my limitations
  71. I have so much to love about myself
  72. My life is a reflection of the love inside me
  73. The only approval I need is my own
  74. I radiate love
  75. I love my own company
  76. I do not need anyone to feel worthy
  77. I attract love and light
  78. I release the need to judge myself negatively
  79. Today I start loving myself more
  80. I am capable of loving fully and completely
  81. I treat my body with love and care
  82. I am powerful and confident
  83. I trust in my ability to make it through difficult times
  84. I trust my intuition
  85. My life is full of endless opportunities for success and happiness
  86. My inner world creates my outer world
  87. I reward myself for my hard work and dedication
  88. I am balanced
  89. The universe supports me, always
  90. I have a loving relationship with my body
  91. I can choose self-love whenever I desire
  92. Loving myself means I am able to love others more
  93. I have a positive and healing effect on others
  94. I have so much to celebrate in life
  95. I am proud of myself
  96. I choose to view my life positively
  97. My body is my best friend
  98. I choose to nourish my health
  99. I am the healer of my own life
  100. I am love



Daily affirmations for self-esteem – final thought

You now have an idea of everything about positive affirmations. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Which of these affirmations for self-esteem resonates the most with you today?

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List of Daily Positive Affirmations

Today I will be sharing with you a list of daily positive affirmations.

Ok, so first off, what are affirmations? Affirmations are short, quick phrases that have a positive impact on your mind and body. They are statements that you repeat to yourself. They are usually meant to target a specific aspect of your life that may need some lifting up.

Affirmations are part and parcel of positive thinking and empowerment and will enable you to think more positively.

If done right, self-affirmation can be an effective tool for quickly becoming the person you need to be in order to achieve everything you want in your life.

Depression and anxiety alter how we view ourselves and the world. You’ve heard of the phrase rose-tinted glasses, right? Well, depression causes the opposite and encourages a negative mindset.

For example, if you’re watching the news, your mind will focus on the negative media and completely overlook any positive news. Negativity becomes your comfort blanket, your reassurance however, it’s not healthy.

Overtime, affirmations will help you change the negative thought patterns that your mind naturally turns to. This will build a positive mindset and change your outlook on the world and ultimately, yourself.



How to use affirmations?

These are lots of ways to use affirmations and people use them differently. Some people speak them into a mirror on a morning, others run them through their minds when negative thoughts begin to plague them.

I have a different method of doing my daily affirmations that may work for you if you like to journal. Every day, I choose one affirmation that resonates with me and write it in my journal.

I find that repeating the affirmation throughout the day to myself gradually helps change my thought process over time.


Affirmations are not a quick fix for mental health problems. Like any thought changing behaviour, they take time, patience and a lot of practice.

Our negative self-talk builds up over time and it can take some time to alter these thought patterns. I promise that you are more special than you believe.

You can get started with this list of 115 affirmations below. I hope they help to inspire and motivate you towards a positive mindset.

Related post:

Want more affirmations? See our post below for daily affirmations for self-esteem:



List of daily positive affirmations

  1. I love being me
  2. I get better every day
  3. I am unique
  4. I am special
  5. I am whole
  6. I am awesome
  7. I make a positive difference in the world
  8. I believe in myself
  9. I do my best every day
  10. I am smart
  11. I am always willing to learn
  12. I am fun
  13. I trust myself
  14. I can do it
  15. I can do anything I put my mind to
  16. I can be anything I want to be
  17. I am loved
  18. I am worthy of love
  19. I am blessed
  20. I am limitless
  21. I focus on positivity
  22. I am thankful
  23. I am safe
  24. I am helpful
  25. I am truthful
  26. I am forgiving
  27. I am kind
  28. I am peaceful
  29. I am thankful
  30. I am talented
  31. I am confident
  32. I am strong
  33. I get stronger everyday
  34. I am brave
  35. I am disciplined
  36. I am respectful
  37. I am responsible
  38. I am polite
  39. I am beautiful
  40. I will face my fears
  41. I will overcome my fears
  42. I am persistent
  43. I am determined
  44. I am patient
  45. I am enough
  46. I am capable
  47. I am a leader
  48. I am a good influence on others
  49. I spread joy
  50. I am generous
  51. I am optimistic
  52. I am supportive
  53. I am compassionate
  54. I am a good listener
  55. I am a good sport
  56. I am happy for other’s success
  57. I love to share with others
  58. I give freely
  59. I am proud of myself
  60. I am capable of great things
  61. I am important
  62. I trust my intuition
  63. I choose to start today with a smile
  64. I choose to have a happy day
  65. I reach for the stars
  66. I can do hard things
  67. I am going to train my brain to do it
  68. I am open to new experiences and new things
  69. I love to learn new things
  70. I embrace and accept change. Change is good and helps me to grow
  71. I like to challenge myself
  72. I find ways and love to overcome challenges
  73. I like to work hard
  74. I don’t give up
  75. I can get through anything
  76. I am creative
  77. I have great ideas
  78. I reach for the stars
  79. I deserve to be happy
  80. I have happy thoughts
  81. It’s okay to make mistakes.
  82. I learn from my mistakes. Mistakes are a chance to grow
  83. I forgive myself for my mistakes
  84. I stand for my beliefs
  85. My opinion is important
  86. I have the power to make my dreams come true
  87. I believe in my dreams
  88. I choose my attitude
  89. I choose my reaction
  90. I am in charge of my emotions
  91. I am in charge of my decisions
  92. I am responsible for my decisions
  93. I am responsible for my actions
  94. I can handle any obstacle
  95. I am a problem solver
  96. Problems help me learn and grow
  97. When I need help, I will ask for it
  98. Having quiet, alone time is good for me
  99. I am gentle with myself
  100. I am gentle with others
  101. I can live in the moment
  102. I will make sure it’s my best work
  103. My best is enough
  104. I’ve got this
  105. I get stronger, it doesn’t get easier.
  106. Struggling makes me stronger
  107. When I struggle, I always learn something new
  108. I keep my body healthy
  109. I enjoy healthy food
  110. I love to exercise
  111. I create my own path
  112. I enjoy spending time with myself
  113. I see the beauty in every situation and everything
  114. I will be successful
  115. I can do it and I will do it



List of daily positive affirmations – final thought

You now have an idea of everything about positive affirmations. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Positive affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Be happy and enjoy creating positive affirmations!

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How To Live In The Present Moment! – Simple Guide!

Fair too often we are caught up in the busy schedule of life and wonder where did the day go?, or hasn’t that week flown by, or the summer will be soon over. This happens because you’re so busy in life just doing that you forget how to be.

At some point or the other, all of us have inevitably found ourselves wanting to just leave it all and go far away from all the rush, from all the noise and just be in peace with our own self.

There is too much rushing, too much achieving in this overly fast paced world. If you find yourself in such a position then it is actually reminding you that you need to slow things down and go slow with life. Step outside the rush.

Learning how to slow down in life is a challenge by itself, especially for those who seem to work non-stop, or those who feel guilty for taking a break as they think I could be doing this, or doing that.

But living in the fast lane comes at a price, that price is you’re missing out on your life. The time you spending planning, working, doing, rushing and all the other things that lead to hectic life, takes away living in the moment and experiencing what it truly feels like to be alive.

This is so profound, yet what is it to be alive?  Although I cannot concretely answer that question for you, through my personal experience I have found that people feel the most alive when they are truly experiencing the present moment.  Those times when you are able to slow down and pay attention.



How to live in the present moment

Is your mindset keeping you from living life in the present moment?

Your mindset may hold certain beliefs that keep you stuck in the fast lane. These could come from personal experience, habits, things you’ve learned growing up or the pressure of society.

Take a step back and a moment to reflect on your mindset and your beliefs on why you shouldn’t be slowing down from a fast-paced life.

What do these beliefs mean to you?

Here are some examples of beliefs you may have about slowing down:

  • If I take a break or slow down, I’m lazy
  • Things won’t get done.
  • I could be doing something else in the time I’m taking a break
  • I need to be doing more to be more successful than Joe Bloggs next door, and the only way I can do that is by working harder- even if it stresses me out.

The ironic thing is that you will actually be more productive and efficient if you take breaks and pay attention to what you are doing in the moment. This is because living in the present moment increases your focus.


When you work yourself into the ground without no break, and constantly move from task to task, you are not fully living in the present moment and therefore are not fully engaged. As a result, you are living your life in auto-pilot mode.

This can result in two things happening:

  • You are not fully focused; therefore, you’re not putting the best work into things. This is because you are just thinking about moving onto the next task.
  • You are burning yourself out by never taking breaks or slowing down.


How can you live in the present moment?

While you’re rushing about from task to task, somebody else is living in the present moment and time is moving much slower for them. It is the same number of seconds ticking by, the same minutes and hours pass by, but it is your perception of those moments that is different.

Your perception is your reality, therefore if you find that you seem to be rushing through life then the answer lies in changing your perception.  Some of that may originate in identifying and changing your anxious thoughts.


Additionally, you can practice Mindfulness by being aware of your senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell) in the present moment.  This is one of the most effective ways to truly bring you into experiencing this moment fully.

Try it now and pay attention to what is around you.  Notice how you feel.



Tips to help you slow down in life:

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation or practicing mindful awareness regularly can make it easier to slow down life.  By observing your thoughts non-judgmentally, you can increase your awareness when you are rushing around for no particular reason.  This can help you to approach your life and certain situations with presence and focus, instead of just rushing through them to get to the next thing.


Minimise Distractions

Distractions such as a smartphone or television can make it harder for you to focus on the present moment and take you down a black hole in your mind without you even realising it.  Leave your phone in your car or put it on “do not disturb” to prevent distractions so you can be fully present and appreciate the things and people in front of you.


Give Yourself Reminders

Little reminders can be helpful so that you remember to slow down and pay attention.  Whether it is a phone wallpaper, a sign on your desk, or a decal on your mirror… visual reminders to slow down can get you out of your head and into the present.


Go for a walk and look around at nature

Head out for a walk and make yourself take notice at everything around you – the sounds; trees; flowers; etc.  Connect again with the world around you and allow yourself to walk gently – not racing around.


Take Breaks

Taking breaks at home, work, or school can help you stop anxious thinking or stop feeling stressed.  Taking a break can help you to refocus and reflect.

Some helpful things to do on a break are taking a walk, taking deep breaths, or eating mindfully.  These are examples of breaks that bring you fully into your present moment experience, and out of the stress of overthinking and rushing.


Enjoy the little things

Getting to enjoy life more is one of the perks of living a slow life.

First, you need to learn to notice what is happening around you. Notice the breeze, the flowers, the clouds. Notice the smell of things.



How to live in the present moment – Final thought

If you can cultivate present moment awareness, then you can learn how to slow down and appreciate life.  Appreciation comes from actually paying attention to yourself, your body, your environment, and the people around you- not rushing from one thing to the next.

So, the next time you find yourself caught in a frenzy of stress, overwhelm, and frustration, ask yourself:

How can I choose to slow down and live in the present moment today?

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Gratitude Journaling Prompts – 50 Prompts!

Journaling is quickly becoming more popular, with hordes of people starting their day by opening the pages of their notebook and writing.

Writing has long been recommended by counsellors and psychologists as a way to work through our emotions, and many find that it’s a great way to reduce stress, improve decision making, and get to know themselves better.

I personally find that getting my feelings and worries out on the page stops me from going over them so much in my mind.

Free writing can sometimes feel daunting though, so one of my favourite ways to journal is to use prompts.

These are questions that can be used to gain a better understanding of ourselves and take note of things that might need addressing.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates meaning- finding in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.



Why is gratitude so hard to practice?

Let’s face it, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, our imperfections, and our problems than it is to be grateful for what we have.

Between the violence, natural disasters, and divisive political climate, it’s been a rough year for many of us.

We’re inundated with negatives nearly 24/7 from the news, social media, and even in-person conversations.

So, we have to work extra hard to find the good in ourselves and the world around us.


How to journal

If you are new to the journal writing process, don’t panic.

It’s pretty simple. All you need is a journal (or notepad) and a pen.


So now you have your amazing journal, find a quiet space, grab a cup of coffee (…or wine) and take some time to yourself.

I love using journal prompts because sometimes when I sit down to write I just stare at the blank page not knowing what to write about.

Only when I actually dig deeper and ask myself some tough questions do I discover how many thoughts, feelings and views I have!


Why you should use gratitude prompts

You might look down at your gratitude journal to see that you were thankful for coffee five days in a row.

Now, you may be grateful for that brown liquid gold, but you need to take the time to think more deeply and appreciate more deeply.

That’s why these gratitude journal prompts are so helpful. Answer a question every day and you’ll focus on a different aspect of your life regularly.

Some blessings you may have never considered before.

Often, we need a little nudge to do things well. In this case, use that gentle push to greatly improve your thoughts and your life.

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What to do if you don’t know what to write about?

If you’re struggling to find something to thankful for, start small. There are always things to be grateful for, even on our darkest days, but we have to look harder for them.

Like digging for buried treasure, it takes effort, but the reward is great.

Try to identify one good thing – a supportive person, a comfy sweater, hot water, or even that you’re able to read this article.

Try to stay open-minded. Your first response might still be to minimize the positives and focus on the negatives, but by practicing gratitude we can actually train ourselves to spot the positives.


This means that with practice, it will become easier to identify things you’re grateful for and you’ll develop an open and joyful heart, as well as a greater appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

Gratitude doesn’t make our problems disappear, but it helps them feel more manageable.

But, if you just simply can’t think of anything, I’ve got your back.

Check out these gratitude journal prompts that will help you achieve clarity and help your mental health.


Gratitude journaling prompts

So, what do you write on your journal?

  • If you’re not sure what put down or are out of ideas for the moment, here’s a huge list of journal prompts you can try.
  • See which ones apply most to your life and start with those. From there, you can slowly go through the list and complete them all.
  • Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.
  • What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)
  • What challenge did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?
  • What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?
  • What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?
  • What are you most grateful for in your morning or night routine?
  • Name three everyday objects that you are grateful for.
  • What music are you most grateful for?
  • Name three unique things you are grateful for so far this year.
  • Name three people you are grateful for outside of your immediate family. Why?
  • What brings you gratitude with the passing of time? Something you notice more than you used to.
  • What do you love most about each season of the year?
  • What discovery have you made in the last year that you are thankful for?
  • What food did you eat today? Take a moment to share gratitude for the food and water that sustains you and imagine where it came from.
  • Do you have shelter? A warm place to sleep? Food on your table? Spend a few minutes being grateful for the necessities in life.
  • What have you learned this year that has benefited you?
  • What person are you most grateful for and why?
  • What is something hard or mundane that you do, and you’re grateful it makes you stronger?
  • What is something in your home that brings you great joy?
  • What positive memory happened in the last week that you are thankful for?
  • What did you do today that made you happy?
  • What aspect of nature did you appreciate in the last week?
  • Who is a friend you’re grateful for and why?
  • List three people that have made your life better. (Bonus: thank them today!)
  • Write one moment or memory in your life that you will cherish forever.
  • What do you love most about life?
  • What was a wonderful thing that happened today?
  • What is something you take for granted?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • What tradition are you grateful for?
  • Tell of a place that you cherish.
  • What is your favourite time of day and why do you love it?
  • Tell of a way someone helped you recently.
  • What is something amazing that happened to you in the last week, month, or year?
  • Name one thing you are grateful for regarding each person in your family.
  • What is your favourite gratitude quote? What does it make you think of?
  • Name one luxury you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.
  • What do you love about your job?
  • What is your favourite place in your home? Why?
  • Describe your favourite vacation/holiday.
  • Describe the last time you helped someone. How did it feel?
  • What’s a guilty pleasure you are thankful for?
  • Name an accomplishment you are proud of.
  • Write down the best gift you’ve ever received.
  • Describe something beautiful that is outside of your window.
  • What do you love most about your family?
  • What do you love most about your friends?
  • What activities in your day are your thankful for?
  • Name one thing that made you smile or laugh today.
  • What is something beautiful you saw today?




Gratitude is a very powerful tool in helping you become a more positive person.

By writing them down on a journal, you’re able to keep track of all the good things that have happened in your life.

This makes is doubly powerful allowing you to go back and remember specific situations.

In case you’re not sure what to write about or are out of ideas, the list above contains tons of journal prompts to help you.

What do you write in your journal, I would love to hear your ideas?

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Ways to Practice Gratitude – Simple Guide!

The benefits of having a daily gratitude practice are nearly endless. This is a simple practice but the challenge is taking the time to integrate it into your daily life.

It can take 21 days to form a habit and then it will become more second nature. Committing to taking time each day to notice and reflect on the things that have gone well during the day, that you are thankful for increases your health and well-being.

The practice of gratitude has been studied in the field of positive psychology the study of what makes life worth living.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates “meaning- finding” in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.



Ways to practice gratitude

Taking time to appreciate the good things in the world can easily be built into your daily life. Here are some simple steps to help you cultivate a daily gratitude practice:


1. Commit

We always seem to resist what is good for us. You may not always feel motivated to complete this practice but do it anyway. Don’t let excuses get in your way. It will still have benefits even if you have to force yourself some days. Commit to doing this daily and it will soon become a habit like brushing your teeth.


2. Begin

It may be helpful to pick a time each day that you will complete your gratitude practice. It may be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening.

Once you have a schedule made for yourself take out a journal either in paper format or you can use your computer and begin.

You can start with, “I am grateful for…”


This can be difficult in the beginning to connect to the things you are grateful especially if your life is not what you would like it to look like.

There are always things in our life that are going well. It may be just that you are breathing, that you showered, maybe a smile on a stranger’s face, etc.

Try to find new things each day you can be grateful for rather than just repeating the same things each day.

Tap into your creativity. Again, this may feel odd when you first start. You have just planted a seed and with nurturing this practice it will blossom.


3. Feel it

Allow yourself to feel grateful not just in your mind but in your body. Feel the warmth of appreciation, love, and connection.

Allow it to seep into your pores as you embody it. Place a hand on your heart as you feel your body being lifted as it radiates through you.

You may not always be able to feel gratitude in an embodied way but when you do savour it. Allow it to fill your heart and use its energy as fuel in your life.

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4. Continue even after you start to see results

Too often people take a break from the practice once they start to see results. When one does this the results also begin to diminish.

Commit to making this a lifelong practice. You may miss a day here and there as you are only human but just continue to come back consciously noticing and reflecting on what is going well in your life and what you are thankful for.


Be creative with your practice

Finding new and creative ways to integrate gratitude into your everyday life can keep things fun. The field of positive psychology has outlined many different gratitude practices that you can find here.

It is important that you make this practice your own and so it has personal meaning for you.

We should not do things because we believe we should when it does not resonate with this. There are indeed several things you can do to improve your health and happiness, but it is up to you to put your signature on it, make it meaningful to you and you will reap even more rewards.

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Incorporate gratitude into your mediation

Gratitude meditation is simply the practice of reflecting on the things in our lives we’re grateful for. It’s about experiencing that feeling of appreciation, whether for a loving family member or friend, a beautiful sunny day, or the pleasure of a good cup of coffee.

It can be for things large or small- perhaps a successful recovery from an injury or illness, or a tough life lesson you weathered, where you came out the other side stronger and more confident.


It’s easy to get caught up in current events and the negativity of the news cycle, but in fact those things often have little to do with who we are and how we experience the world on a day-to-day basis. A grateful meditation is not about becoming desensitised to suffering or social injustice, it’s a way of bringing us back to a place of personal reflection.

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Share your gratitude practice

Our relationships can be the source of our greatest happiness. Incorporating people into your practice can help boost your experience.

You can partner with someone which will help keep you accountable and motivate you on the days you may struggle with the practice.

It may also help to see what other people have written as part of their practice making it easier to also notice those things in your life.

Sharing the things, we are grateful for with our family and friends can have several additional benefits. This can be a practice that is also built into family routines such as before dinner or at breakfast.

Another way to boost the influence of gratitude is a gratitude letter. This involves writing a letter to someone who had a positive impact on your life that you have never thanked properly.

You can send this letter to them or visit them and read it to them. Too often we fail to thank the people who have added value to our lives.

Taking the time to formally express this to them expands the reaches of your gratitude practice. Bringing more care and love into this world is a very powerful thing, do not think this is trivial, it is grand.


Benefits of a gratitude practice

There are so many different benefits you can accumulate from this practice. It has been proven to have a positive impact on your psychological and physical health.

People report fewer pains and aches and report greater health with more exercise and doctor check-ups than those who do not practice. It also has been shown to improve your quality of sleep.

It can help you improve your self-esteem and helps you make better friendships. Research shows that thanking an acquittance makes them more likely to seek a lasting relationship with you.

It also enhances your empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude lessens your likelihood of holding grudges again others but instead offers more room for forgiveness and understanding.

Grateful people also increase their mental strength which can help boost their resiliency and ability to bounce back after highly distressing situations.



Ways to practice gratitude – Final thought

Let’s be real for a second. It’s impossible to be grateful all the time. Sometimes we experience seasons in our life when gratitude is a struggle.

People who practice gratitude will still experience sadness or other negative emotions. This is all normal and you should never feel guilty for not being grateful all the time.

Let’s start today’s gratitude practice, what are YOU grateful for today?

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