How to use your Growth Mindset during Challenging Time

Developing a growth mindset to meet the challenges of professional life today is imperative. However, despite our capacity for constant adaptation, it is still not easy for us to achieve it.

When we face complex situations, receive criticism or do poorly compared to expectations, we generally feel insecure or discouraged. Developing a growth mindset involves adopting a different perspective, one that allows for learning and personal development, despite difficult circumstances.


Here are some suggestions that may help you:

Recognize and accept your emotions: Change and loss often generate a multiplicity of feelings such as sadness, anger or confusion. Allow yourself to feel these emotions without judgment.

Seek support: Surround yourself with supportive friends, family and others who can provide support, understanding and perspective during difficult times. Talking about your feelings can help you process them better.

Find meaning: Look for meaning in middle of the crisis. This involves looking for learnings that allow you to process the changes you are experiencing. Try to look for a purpose, something that would be important to rescue from the situation.

Be kind to yourself: Treat yourself with kindness. Understand that it is okay to feel the way you feel and give yourself permission to heal at your own pace.

Learn from challenges: Reflect on how you have coped with past difficulties and use these experiences to put skills into play to get through problems.

Set realistic goals: Set small, achievable goals. These goals can provide you with a sense of advancement and accomplishment, even in difficult times.

Focus on what you can control: Although some things may be out of your reach, focus on what you can change or what you can influence, reflecting on your contribution.

Practice gratitude: Cultivate gratitude by focusing on the things you are grateful for, even in difficult times. Gratitude can help change your perspective and improve your overall well-being.


Remember that developing a growth mindset during times of crisis or change is an arduous and ongoing process. It is about actively choosing to face life’s challenges with a belief in your ability to adapt and grow, even in face of adversity.

Change, whether sought or imposed, can alter our sense of stability and familiarity, propelling us into unknown territories filled with uncertainty. Yet in the middle of this emotional turmoil, there is a profound opportunity for growth: the possibility of cultivating a mindset that embraces change, adversity and, above all, transformation.

It’s not about denying the difficulties; it’s about finding the courage to grow through them and realize that, even in the darkest moments, we have the opportunity to emerge stronger, wiser and more resilient than before.

What is your decision?
It’s up to you.