I think it was sometime in the year 2015 when I came across the ‘Growth vs Fixed’ mindset approach. It truly was helpful for me as a parent to be able to start to integrate this kind of thinking in our family and life. As I started to explore and integrate the references, I kept getting hung up on the iconic brain imagery, and for whatever reason, I felt blocked by these kinds of visual associations. So I did what I usually do. I created a new version of the ideas modified in a way that were just right for me. I have learned over the years that creating art and printing out visuals always helps me to pattern myself in a way that I find fun and inspirational. This info-graphic is a result of that process on this topic.

The words found in the info-graphic have been combined from other references online as well as my own personal exploration on this topic. One skill that I have found tremendously useful in developing has been an intuitive sense. I have come to realize this is a commonly overlooked skill from the fixed mindset standpoint. Where much of the time this sort of guidance is not even considered as a potential for decision making and conscious patterning. So including this aspect was important for me. You could go so far as to say, I felt ‘intuitive’ about simply including it. I also felt compelled to highlight what I believe are the kinds of intentions a fruitful mindset person would have as their way of life.

My intention with sharing this info-graphic is that others find this spin-off as fun, useful, and inspirational as I have!

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Fruitful

  • Willing to change no matter how difficult the task required is asked of them.
  • Always sees inconveniences as fun challenges and opportunities to transform.
  • Looks to find an ‘attitude of gratitude’ towards life, people, and experiences.
  • Loves learning new skills and is consciously willing to change their beliefs, assumptions, or habits.
  • Admires and respects others for their qualities, gifts, and skills – compliments them as often as possible and looks to cultivate connections.
  • Perceives ‘mistakes’ as opportunities to learn, grow, or change for the better.
  • Balances intuition as well as factual based information for choices and decisions.
  • When frustrated, perseverance always wins out.
  • Inspired by other’s accomplishments.
  • Makes use of all experiences as learning opportunities and seeks to find balance in all aspects of life as often as possible.
  • Learns and adapts from criticism or feedback.
  • Always looking to help others, make new friends, and smiles at people they may not know.
  • Intentions are always for the good of all involved.
  • Is continuously looking to find the good in people, experiences, and life.

Fearful

  • Looks at change as an obstacle or block that cannot be overcome.
  • Only sees others as the problem instead of being willing to change themselves.
  • Resents past experiences and blames people or society for doing wrong to them – can never forgive and move on.
  • Always has a need to be right and can never entertain new ideas because they are afraid of change or anything different.
  • Feels threatened by other people’s natural talents, qualities, gifts, and skills and usually is in competition with everyone around them.
  • Will do whatever it takes to succeed even if it feels awful or goes against one’s inner feelings.
  • Relies solely on factual based information and rarely considers intuition as useful or helpful.
  • Frustration always leads to giving up.
  • Always looks for weaknesses in others.
  • Hates the idea of difficult situations and always looks to find the easy way out – may even resort to cheating or aggressive behavior.
  • Ignores feedback and sees it as judgmental.
  • Has a competitive or elitist approach to life and everyone around them.
  • Intentions are directed towards selfishness or personal gain.