In business as in sport, there are fine margins that define those who are at the top of their ‘game’ and who excel within their field of expertise.

As highlighted by American psychologist Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”

She states that success comes from having the right mindset rather than intelligence, talent or education. People with a fixed mindset believe that they’re born with certain intelligence, skills and abilities that cannot change.

Isn’t it true that it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success – but how resilient and determined we are and whether we approach our objectives and the associated challenges with a fixed or ‘growth’ mindset.

In her book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, she reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Our focus should therefore be on our continued growth and learning to build not just our skills and knowledge of our craft (and life in general), but also our abilities to overcome adversity and achieve our potential.

In working with my clients at all levels within each business, my starting point is each person’s key drivers and motivators; because if there’s no link to these, then there’s little chance of gaining their ownership and the determination for success.

Where have you reached out to for your development and perhaps in challenging times?

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