Victorian era author George Eliot wrote, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” Do you believe Eliot’s quote is true for you? If you do, you will want to develop a growth mindset to bring forth your innermost desires and dreams.
Developing a growth mindset is essential for achieving your dreams. It is also beneficial to your personal growth, resilience, and embracing new opportunities.
This may sound good, but how do you develop a growth mindset after 60?
In the sixth and final article and video of a six-part series on “Living Your Dreamlife in 2024”, we are going to explore 10 steps to achieving your dreams with a growth mindset.
A growth mindset is open to exploring new ways of being, doing, and experiencing life. It is not fixated on what the past was and instead, is curious and excited to explore new beliefs, behaviors, and opportunities in the present.
On the opposite side is a fixed mindset. With this approach to life, your mind is filled with fear, doubt, and limiting beliefs, all of which are fixed ideas about how life is supposed to be rather than what life can be.
You can easily distinguish between the voices of these two mindsets.
The voice of a fixed mindset is often associated with your inner critic, who will criticize and find fault with any new ideas, beliefs, or opportunities for true growth.
On the other hand, the voice of a growth mindset is expressed through the voice of your true, authentic self. This voice encourages you to be curious and learn new things, viewing the path to your dreams through an open mind and an open heart.
When you are seeking to develop a growth mindset, here are some common challenges you might face:
Failures or regrets from the past can amplify these perceived challenges, making it difficult to embrace growth and move forward.
Letting go of these past experiences with love and forgiveness will help you reframe your perception of what is possible for you today and into the future.
Here are 10 proven steps you can take to cultivate a growth mindset after 60.
Rather than saying no to new opportunities, get into the habit of saying YES!
Challenges are not indicators you are not deserving of your dreams. They are gifts, representing unique opportunities for growth.
The more self-aware you are, the less likely you are going to be manipulated by your inner critic or influenced by limiting beliefs or other people’s negativity.
Without the curiosity to explore new ways of achieving your dreams, your life will become stagnant. Embrace the new and watch your dreams materialize with ease.
You are always evolving and growing. Therefore, the idea of perfection is an illusion. Rather than seek perfection, focus on progress.
A setback is not a failure when you learn a valuable lesson that accelerates your learning curve and puts you on the path to your dreams. By reframing a perceived setback, you open yourself up to a whole new way of living.
Allow yourself to be inspired by other people’s achievements. A fixed mindset criticizes those who are successful. Whereas a growth mindset seeks inspiration and empowerment in a variety of people.
Big dreams can be intimidating. Set small goals that evolve with more achievable milestones. With a goal that stretches out over time you stretch yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Having a growth mindset doesn’t mean you don’t get frustrated; it means you have compassion for yourself and can celebrate progress. Nothing does this better than self-love.
Appreciation is the rocket fuel for your dreams. When you reflect on the journey to your dreams, do so with appreciation. This is about being grateful and not resentful.
When it comes to developing a growth mindset it is important to remember this is an ongoing process. Regularly engage in journaling to explore your thoughts, challenges, and progress.
Also, be sure to adapt and modify your approach to these 10 steps, including adding in your steps that are not listed here.
Everyone’s approach will be different. Keep an open mind and allow your true, authentic self to lead the way to fulfilling your dreams in 2024 and beyond.
I invite you to join me in the video where I will share insights on overcoming challenges to developing a growth mindset. I will also guide you through five journal prompts to help you integrate what you are learning.
Have you developed a growth mindset after 60? In what ways has it helped you enjoy more out of life? If you’re not there yet, what steps are you ready to take to shift from fixed to growth mindset?