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From 'I Can't' to 'I Can, and Not Yet': My Growth Mindset Evolution

Embracing Growth: My Shift to a 'Not Yet' Mindset

In navigating the complexities of life and leadership, learning to embrace the power of "not yet" has been a game-changer for me. Moving from a mindset entrenched in "I can’t" to one flourishing in "I can, and not yet" has not only reshaped how I view challenges but also how I perceive my ability to grow and adapt. Here, I share with you this transformative journey, revealing how the embrace of potential and patience has become pivotal in my personal development and leadership style.

Adaptation as a Keystone in Personal Growth

Adapting to change is an inevitable part of life’s journey. I've learned that our resilience is not just about withstanding change but about leveraging it for growth and learning. Adopting a growth mindset has been crucial; it's taught me that abilities and skills can be developed through perseverance and effort. This belief in the potential for growth has fueled my journey, encouraging me to view challenges not as dead ends but as stepping stones.

The Shift to 'I Can, and Not Yet'

Transitioning from "I can’t" to "I can, and not yet" has opened up a world of possibilities. This mindset has infused me with a sense of patience and an understanding that mastery and achievement take time. Every challenge I face is no longer a barrier but an opportunity to learn and edge closer to my goals. This perspective shift has been instrumental in developing patience, persistence, and a positive outlook on my path.

Navigating Mistakes with a New Perspective

Just yesterday, I found myself reflecting on a recent mistake, a moment where my judgment faltered. Rather than spiraling into a cycle of self-criticism and overthinking, I approached the situation with my "not yet" mindset. Acknowledging the mistake became a moment of clarity and learning, a stark contrast to how I might have reacted in the past. It reinforced my belief in the non-linear nature of growth and the value of learning from every experience.

The Liberating Realization of Our Adaptability

Realizing our innate adaptability has been a liberating discovery. Embracing a growth mindset underscores the idea that we are continuously evolving, that "not yet" does not imply failure but rather the promise of future achievement. This outlook encourages us to face challenges head-on, to learn from our experiences, and to remain steadfast in the pursuit of our goals.

Embracing the Journey of Becoming

My embrace of "not yet" and the adoption of a growth mindset have been transformative, guiding me through personal and professional challenges alike. Reminds me that every step forward, every setback, and every moment of learning is part of a larger journey towards becoming our best selves.

I hope to inspire you to reflect on your own perspectives towards growth and challenges. May we all find the strength in "not yet," recognizing that it's in the journey of becoming that we find our true potential and resilience.

How does this show up in your personal or professional life?

Do you have tips and tricks for adaption and resilience that could help others grow?


Shannon Hassan

Forward Focus Consulting: #Empower #Transform #Acheive




3 comentários

As I grew up I remember learning that, I can’t never did anything because it couldn’t. I’ve had to go back to that thought process many times to get past the challenge that I was facing. I like the idea of, not yet also giving me the patience to wait until I can.


21 de fev.

I also think it’s about reframing from no. How might we instead.


Not yet is away of putting something off to the side but knowing you will come back to at a later time.

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