Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

As we begin to dive into mindset—what it is, why it matters, and how it impacts our alcohol-free journey—it can be helpful to get a better understanding of what exactly we’re looking at. That’s where the idea of a “fixed” or “growth” mindset comes in. These two mindsets are helpful in classifying what kind of mindset we currently have, where we can grow, and how we get there.

So what exactly is a fixed mindset?

A fixed mindset is one that believes there are no changing things: that our experiences, our beliefs, our life are never going to change. That everything is predetermined, fixed, and unable to change. A fixed mindset can also show up in a lack mentality—beliefs that life is always hard, we are operating from a place of punishment, avoidance, or living without.

This can show up in our alcohol-free journey through thoughts like:

“I can't drink alcohol anymore.”
“Living without alcohol is a punishment.”
“I’ll never be able to quit drinking.”
“I am powerless over this.”

And how about a growth mindset?

On the other side of the fixed mindset is the growth mindset. A growth mindset believes that everything is… “figure-out-able.” That we are capable of changing our thoughts, circumstances, and experiences. A growth mindset sees challenge as opportunity, that when things feel hard it’s something we can work through, and that change is possible.

A growth mindset manifests in our alcohol-free journey through thoughts like:

“I never have to drink alcohol again.”
“I am capable of changing my relationship with alcohol.”
“I gain so much by not drinking alcohol.”