According to research done by Carol Dweck and others, the answer to the question–”When do you feel smart?”– can give us direct access to our mindset. I asked myself this question recently and my response tells me I have work to do.
Ask yourself, “When do I feel smart?” and look at the table below and see which set of responses most closely match your own.
[table cols=”CREATOR MINDSET; REACTOR MINDSET” data=”When it’s really challenging, and when I give something my all.;When I do something really well;When I learn how to do something I couldn’t do before.;When I accomplish more than anyone else has been able to.;When I work on something a long time and I start to see myself get better at it.;When something is easy for me but other people can’t do it.” separator=”;” /]
Remember that with a creator’s mindset it’s not about immediate perfection. It’s about learning something over time—overcoming an obstacle and developing their skills bit by bit. People with a creator’s mindset flourish when they’re developing their talents and stretching their capabilities.
For people with a reactor’s mindset it’s not enough just to succeed; it’s not enough just to look smart or talented; its about being smart and talented right away. When do people with a reactor’s mindset thrive? When the risks are low and achievement is within easy reach. If things get too difficult and success is a long way off, they lose interest.
Wow! You’ve got to love that laser beam of an insight. I hope you haven’t read this far without asking yourself, “When do I feel smart?”
* Thanks to Carol Dweck’s research as highlighted in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.