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10 Steps to Achieve Your Dreams with a Growth Mindset

By Joanie Marx January 28, 2024 Mindset

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.

What Is 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.

The Voice of a Growth Mindset

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.

Challenges to a Growth Mindset

When you are seeking to develop a growth mindset, here are some common challenges you might face:

  • Fixed Mindset
  • Fear of Change
  • Self-Doubt & Limiting Beliefs
  • Health & Energetic Limitations
  • External Obligations
  • Lack of Role Models
  • No Support Networks
  • Perceived Financial Constraints
  • Unhealed Trauma
  • Overcoming Past Regrets
  • Resistance to Technology or New Skills

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.

10 Steps to a Growth Mindset

Here are 10 proven steps you can take to cultivate a growth mindset after 60.

Embrace the Power of “Yes”

Rather than saying no to new opportunities, get into the habit of saying YES!

Embrace Challenges

Challenges are not indicators you are not deserving of your dreams. They are gifts, representing unique opportunities for growth.

Cultivate Self-Awareness

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.

Embrace New Learning

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.

Get Over Perfection

You are always evolving and growing. Therefore, the idea of perfection is an illusion. Rather than seek perfection, focus on progress.

Reframing Setbacks

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.

Become Inspired

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.

Stretch Your Goals

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.

Practice Self-Love

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.

Be Appreciative

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.

Adapt and Modify

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.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

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?

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Thank you for posting such an excellent article. My growth mind set started in my 50’s after a divorce. I know I did not want to be a bitter person and so I know I needed to have a mind growth. Learn new things, do new things. I started out with Toastmasters…wow, that set the stage for my life ahead. In time I started give presentations of all sorts. In time I found my niche…retirement presentations…how I love getting people excited about their next phase in life. From that experience I’ve grown in so so many ways from being open to criticisms. Being open minded and extract the good learn and grow! Until I am six feet under the ground, my goals are to learn and grow my mindset and try to surround myself with like minded people.

Yasmin Fallan

Thank you for sharing, much appreciated.


I just turned 60 in October 2023 and am working towards early retirement. I will be getting knee replacement surgery this April, as well as working towards better health from issues stemming from my bad knee. My heart and goal is to retire in France 🇫🇷 My husband and I have our goals in place and heading that direction, we’re both very excited! It’s a lot to work on and sometimes I just feel plain worn out:-( Thank you for posting this article! It helps me to stay positive and focused, allowing myself space and time for living my dream :-)

The Author

Joanie Marx is a three-time bestselling author and the creator of the new, groundbreaking Refocus & Renew Your Life® online course series on Udemy. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Psychology, and a leading authority on refocusing and renewing your life.

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