DoYouKnowWhatsHoldingYouBack

Do You Know What’s Holding You Back?

Understand how your beliefs and perception of reality influence your choices and actions.

Do you operate from a “fixed” mindset or “growth” mindset? Knowing the answer to this question may help you discover how to better deal with challenges that come your way. It may also help you figure out what holds you back.

About a year ago, I read a book which has had a profound impact on me. It’s called Mindset : The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. It has shifted my thinking on leadership, learning, coaching and even parenting (and who won’t be open to using a few tips on that front?)

I had a big “a-ha” moment a few years ago at a time when I had some challenging relationships at work. At the time, I had the boss-from-hell.

This book helped me understand why I have been successful in some areas of my life and why I struggle in other areas. It has also helped me in understanding other people. Let me explain.

I had a big “a-ha” moment a few years ago at a time when I had some challenging relationships at work. At the time, I had the boss-from-hell. She was controlling and demanding. She would think nothing of yelling at me in front of my peers, criticising me in public or even, insulting my work. It was only a matter of months before I began the downward slide from being a productive, happy and confident employee to being fearful, nervous and disengaged at work.

At an intellectual level, I knew she had “issues” and yet, it was hard not to internalise the constant barrage of insults I received.

And then, I read Carol’s book and the penny dropped.

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