• Jason Glassner

How a Fixed Mindset Can Prevent You from Achieving Your Goals


Do you want to achieve your goals but can't seem to make them happen? Perhaps you aren't sure if it's possible. According to Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, this phenomenon is known as the fixed mindset versus the growth mindset. In her book, Dweck proposes two basic mindsets that people tend to have in life. One leads to growth and success, while the other leads to stagnation and failure.


What Is a Growth Mindset?

Having a growth mindset is essential to achieving your goals. It allows you to look at challenges as opportunities and not as roadblocks. Instead of asking why didn't I succeed? It encourages you to ask what can I learn from my mistakes and how can I do better next time? So, what does someone with a growth mindset do when they fail at something? They try again, and if they fail again, they use that experience to develop new strategies for success.


Learn To Be Live in a Growth Mindset!

The first step to being successful is changing your mindset. Learn about two perspectives, one that helps us move forward and one that can halt our progress. Change your mindset so you can keep moving towards your goals. Success isn't easy, but it's easier with a growth mindset! A fixed mindset means you believe your essential qualities are set in stone. External factors determine everything else. Success comes from proving yourself to others through validating external metrics of success like grades or job titles in a fixed mindset. This creates more fear of failure, making people more risk-averse and less willing to act on important projects or career moves because of how they will be perceived externally. People who live in a fixed mindset spend much more time thinking about other people than doing what's best for themselves. They base their self-worth on outside validation based on status symbols like professional credentials or material possessions rather than intrinsic qualities that are sustainable sources of internal happiness no matter what anyone else thinks.


Creating a Growth Mindset that Lasts

Any coaching aims to help you develop skills and attitudes that will support your personal growth. But, because it's not possible to give someone a growth mindset, it's also necessary to help individuals build their own beliefs and attitudes about learning and growing as people. When you establish these values for yourself, you don't have to rely on someone else—such as a coach—to reinforce them. And when you believe in yourself enough to recognize when your mind or actions need changing, you can work through those changes on your own.


Here are some of my favorite books that can help you get on your way to developing your growth mindset. I hope they're helpful for you! I've also added links to each book in case you want to purchase them online. If you have any other favorites, please share them in the comments below.



  1. The Outward Mindset

  2. Anatomy of Peace

  3. Leadership and Self Deception

  4. The Subtle art of not giving a F#CK


How Do I Get a Coach?

Finding a life coach is easy. The coaching industry is very mature, with thousands of coaches practicing in nearly every country worldwide. If you're looking for help achieving your goals, I'd love to be part of that journey. I can be contacted at fillup@FullGlassCoaching.com

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