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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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It’s not about the result, it’s about building the identity

Rezwan Md Chowdhury
It’s not about the result, it’s about building the identity

There are many reasons why it can be hard to change your habits or develop new skills. But the biggest challenge is sitting between your two ears. Your mind is very powerful. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either prevent change from new happening or allow new skills to blossom.

Beliefs Can Help You or Hurt You, How?

Normally in a fixed mindset people believe in their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look keen all the time and never look dumb.

However, in a growth mindset people understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through determination, good monitoring and resolution. They don’t necessarily think everyone is the same or anyone can be Mark Zuckerberg, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they put efforts at it.

The benefits of a growth mindset might seem obvious, but most of us are embarrassed of having a fixed mindset in certain situations. That can be dangerous because a fixed mindset can often prevent important skill development and growth, which could sabotage your mind and happiness down the line. Meanwhile, someone with a growth mindset would be willing to try business problems even if they failed at first. They see failure and setbacks as a sign that they should continue evolving their skills rather than a signal that indicates, “This is something I’m not good at.”

As a result, people who have a growth mindset are more likely maximize their potential. They tend to learn from criticism rather than ignoring it, to overcome challenges rather than avoiding them and to find stimulus in the success of others rather than feeling helpless.

Your Actions Change Your Beliefs

In my experience, the only way I know to change the mixed mindset person that you believe that you are - to build a new and better identity for yourself - is to do so with small, repeated actions. Someone should not start by thinking about the results. Rather s/he simply needs to focus on the process, sticking to the schedule and building up the skill named “not quitting”.

Eventually, the results and the self-confidence came anyway. The best musicians practice every day. The best athletes practice every day. The best writers practice every day. These are people who have a high average speed.

Yes, their results are fantastic and they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. But it’s not the results that set them apart; it’s the dedication to daily practice. It’s the fact that their identity is centered on being the type of person who does their craft each day.

This is the process of identity-based habits. People with a growth mindset focus on the process of building a better identity rather than the product. Identity-Based Habits vs. Rapid Transformations

So often we overestimate the importance of a single event and underestimate the importance of making better choices on a daily basis. We think that getting “that job” or being featured in “that media outlet” or losing “those 30 pounds” will transform us into the person we want to become. We fall victim to a fixed mindset and think that we are defined by the result. Sustainable and long-lasting change starts with building a better identity, not by focusing on results like your performance or your appearance.

It’s your daily actions that will change what you believe about yourself and the person you become. It’s about setting a schedule, showing up, and sticking to it. It’s about focusing on building the right identity rather than worrying about getting the right result.

Must Do Activity Skill is something you can cultivate, not merely something you’re born with. You can become more creative, more intelligent, more athletic, more artistic, and more successful by focusing on the process, not the outcome. Instead of worrying about winning the championship, commit to the process of training like a champion. Instead of worrying about playing best cricket, commit to the process of practicing on a consistent basis. Instead of worrying about getting a good job, commit to the process of building good habit and skills everyday day.

It’s not about the result; it’s about building the identity of the type of person who acquires to enjoy those results.

The writer is head of marketing, Chattogram Circle, Grameenphone Ltd.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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