By Jeanine Englert
Mindset matters. It does. What you believe you’re capable of can truly fuel your future, so if you have one of those fixed mindsets that says, “I’ll never finish the book, no one will publish it, and I’ll never be as good as ________,” I challenge you to a 30 day growth mindset reboot.
Ready to try it?
In case you’ve never heard of the idea of fixed versus growth mindset, the concept was born from Carol Dweck while she did research on intelligence and explored the idea of whether intelligence was fixed or if it could be enhanced and changed over time. She found that students with growth mindsets could indeed close gaps in their academic achievement and in a sense grow their intelligence. How you ask? By the way they worked through challenges and what could be perceived as setbacks.
In essence, she proved that you can influence and improve your success by letting go of fear, reflecting on your process, and changing your beliefs. For example, instead of “I’ll never finish the book,” you can say “I’ll find a new writing process that helps me take smaller steps towards completing my book.” Or instead of “no one will ever publish my book,” you can say that “I’ll continue to explore publishers until I discover the right one for my project.” And instead of “I’ll never be as good as so and so,” you can say “I’ll see what he/she is doing and try that.” The idea is to focus on where you are, where you wish to be, and on the process that will get you there.
I had the privilege of teaching a workshop on “Mindset and Mapping Out Your Writing Future” just this past weekend at the Georgia Romance Writers “Moonlight & Magnolias” Conference. As with every workshop I get the opportunity to teach, I left feeling that I had gained just as much as I had given to the members of my session as they shared their fears, their hopes for the future, and problem solved through ways to shift from a fixed mindset of fear to a growth mindset of success as they discussed their plans for their writing future.
So, I hope you too will take a moment to jot down your fears (your fixed mindset thoughts) and craft them into growth mindset statements. Let the words you say aloud and in your head help you move forward rather than hold you back, and try the 30 day growth mindset reboot: every time you have a fixed mindset thought, stop and rephrase it, and see what happens. Heck, even write them out as goals! You might just be amazed by how your mindset shapes your future for the better.
And as always, happy writing, friends.
Jeanine Englert is a Golden Heart ® Finalist and Daphne du Maurier Award winner in historical romantic suspense. After years of writing in secret, she joined Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers in 2013 and has been an active member ever since. She writes Scottish Highland historicals and historical romantic suspense novels.
When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved pups, and of course mysteries with other readers on Twitter @JeanineWrites, Facebook, or at her website www.jeaninewrites.com.
Her debut novel, Lovely Digits, released in June of 2019 by Soul Mate Publishing, is a Victorian romantic suspense that won the 2017 Daphne du Maurier Award and was named a 2018 Golden Heart ® Finalist for best unpublished romantic suspense.
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