Five Steps to Supercharge a Growth Mindset for You, Your Team, and Business

Every Monday morning I follow a ritual that has allowed me to achieve a growth mindset in the midst of the highs and lows.

► Start Monday early– as early as 5 am for me
► Solitude for one full hour– my 20/20/20
• 20 minutes of spiritual solitude and reflection
• 20 minutes of reading a leadership development book
• 20 minutes of prioritization; preparing for my “Monday momentum” call with my executive assistant Asha

Just like a world-class athlete prior to a big sporting event, I prepare my mind and get it in a growth mindset frame. It’s in your preparation– your winning mindset.

A Growth Mindset:

“The belief that my most basic abilities and skills can and will be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are my starting point but grit takes me higher.”

A Fixed Mindset:

“The belief that my individual basic abilities and skills, my intelligence and talents, are fixed traits.”

Adopting a growth mindset can supercharge you, your team, and your business.
Here are Five How-Tos:

1. Get yourself and your team accountable.
Clarity and coaching around your desired “must-have” goals for leadership developed skills and business growth.

I’m working with a company with a growth mindset that’s providing executive leadership coaching to propel them in growth realization, greater influence with their team, and building leaders at every level!

2. Become the “go-to” experts

Strive to become great at what you do. Be a recognized expert in your field.
Be so good that everyone wants your excellent services.

3. Let failure push you forward and fire you up

My football coach used to say “let that one big hit you receive fire you up”.
Grieve a loss or failure for 24 hours and then push forward. Find a way to get your next win.

4. Time block priorities

Shifting from good to great requires “time blocking” priorities not focusing on fire drills or low-value work.
A trick I use: I set 3 working goals each day and time block each to ensure they get done.

5. Turn the heat up as you go

There are a lot of potential superstars out there that fixate on perfection. As a result, they struggle in completing tasks and getting things done.
Perfect it as you go but get started and push it forward.
Turn the heat up as you go.
Perfection is the enemy of getting started and getting it done.

Let’s build a culture where you and your team are encouraged to develop growth mindsets. Emphasize that failures and setbacks are opportunities to begin again– not threats. Leaders encourage teams to be brave and courageous, not weak and stagnant.

Here’s to your growth mindset,


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.