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Psychology B) be okay with mistakes and see them as an opportunity to learn and grow? A) ruminate over problems and setbacks, sometimes depleting your confidence or self-esteem; or B) see setbacks as challenges to overcome, and therefore, not affecting your self esteem? If you had more “A” answers, you’re likely to be operating from a fixed mindset. If you had more “B” answers, you have likely adopted a growth mindset instead. So what do you do with this information? Well, it starts with mindfulness. If you plan to make a shift from a fixed to growth mindset, then you need to start becoming more aware of your mindset. The goal is to notice the moments when you seem to have a fixed mindset and what triggers it. We can all be fixed at times, but being that way does not serve us. It causes us more stress and lowers our confidence. When you make the switch from a fixed mindset to a growth one, it will profoundly affect how you lead your life, the choices you make and how you influence/lead/inspire others you come into contact with. If you’d like help to move from a fixed to growth mindset, then give me a call. I have developed a three-step process that can help you identify your mindset blocks and consequently, make the shift. Everyone experiences these blocks, from time to time. My question to you - do you feel ready to move beyond yours? Vanessa Judelman is the President of Mosaic People Development, a company that helps develop leaders who inspire great results. Whether facilitating, training or coaching, Vanessa has achieved successful change outcomes with organisations such as Campbell’s Soup, Food Banks of Canada, Motorola, Torstar Digital, Workopolis, the United Nations and CIBC. She is noted as an expert in her industry and has been published and quoted in The Globe and Mail and the National Post and is a regular contributor to CKNW Radio. Vanessa can be reached on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. FURTHER READING If you like what you’ve read so far, then you might also enjoy: • Carol Dweck’s comments on first steps for changing your mindset • Carol Dweck’s TED talk - The Power of Believing That You Can Improve 80 May 2015