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60 Quotes to Help You Build a Growth Mindset

Published on March 16, 2020 7:40 AM EST

These mindset quotes will help you develop motivation, hope, and a strong character that will take you where you want to go in life.

You’ll often hear it said nowadays that it’s best to embody a growth mindset, rather than a fixed mindset. This means you should always look at yourself as someone who is growing and changing, no matter how old you are. Any flaw or perceived failure does not reflect a permanent problem, but something you must continue to work on.

How can a growth mindset benefit you?

Whatever you’re trying to achieve, you must always fight negative self-talk that tries to convince you that you’re destined to failure. Whatever your mindset is, it tends to end up coming true. Staying positive and maintaining a mindset of confidence, determination, and hope can help you overcome challenges. A growth mindset is the marker of great character.

Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thought-provoking mindset quotes and sayings, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Don’t forget to also read these attitude quotes that will inspire you to work hard and stay positive.

Quotes About Mindset and Confidence

1. “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” – Roy T. Bennett

2. “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. “Don’t worry about your heart, it will last you as long as you live.” – W. C. Fields

4. “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – The Dalai Lama

5. “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.” – Marcus Aurelius

6. “Worry – a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.” – Benjamin Disraeli

7. “Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.” – Joe Paterno

8. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey

9. “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Brian Tracy

10. “Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein

11. “Do what you can, with what you’ve got, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt

12. “I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.” – Stephen Hawking

13. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” – Eleanor Roosevelt

14. “You must have confidence in your competence.” – Elijah Cummings

15. “That’s the secret to life… replace one worry with another.” – Charles M. Schulz

16. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Alice Walker

17. “Whatever is going to happen will happen, whether we worry or not.” – Ana Monnar

18. “There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem, and a concerned person solves a problem.” – Harold Stephen

Mindset Quotes About Making a Comeback

19. “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Naoki Higashida

20. “There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.” – Rachel Griffiths

21. “Nothing is cooler and more attractive than a big comeback, and that’ll be me.” – Steven Adler

22. “There is nothing as sweet as a comeback, when you are down and out, about to lose, and out of time.” – Anne Lamott

23. “I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.” – Billie Holiday

24. “Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.” – Greg Lake

25. “I am facing a challenge, I am not facing defeat. Remember this.” – Nikki Rowe

26. “That’s the greatest comeback since Lazarus.” – Sid Waddell

27. “To have a comeback, you have to have a setback.” – Mr. T

28. “To admit you want to have a comeback means you have to admit you weren’t what you were supposed to be. You dropped below your own standard.” – Marilyn Manson

29. “I’m a comeback waiting to happen. No one deserves it more than I do.” – Sean Young

Mindset Quotes About Determination

30. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

31. “For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.” – Ronald Reagan

32. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

33. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. “When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.” – Julia Glass

35. “Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.” – Stephanie Garber

36. “We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.” – Amy Tan

37. “Actions are the seed of fate. Deeds grow into destiny.” – Harry S. Truman

38. “Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.” – Sun Tzu

39. “Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.” – Bob Marley

40. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins

41. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” – Jack Welch

42. “Destiny is a worrying concept. I don’t want to be fated, I want to choose.” – Jeanette Winterson

43. “It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau

44. “There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” – Albert Camus

Mindset Quotes About Character

45. “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” – Zig Ziglar

46. “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.” – Theodore Roosevelt

47. “Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality.” – Alexis Carrel

48.  “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle

49. “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln

50. “Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” – Stephen Covey

51. “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford

52. “Our ability to handle life’s challenges is a measure of our strength of character.” – Les Brown

53. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

54. “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” – Winston Churchill

55. “He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty.” – Lao Tzu

56. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

57. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

58. “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – George S. Patton

59. “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

60. “Success is a mindset and not a point in time but an inbuilt combination of character, discipline, behaviors and set of principles that make who the person becomes.”― Dr. Lucas D. Shallua

Is your mindset working for you, or against you?

If you ever noticed a voice in your mind that tells you you’re a failure every time you make a mistake, you probably need to adjust your mindset. Try to catch yourself sending these negative messages. When you do, remind yourself that each mistake is just that – one mistake.

You can always do better the next time. Ask yourself what you can learn from this mistake, so you can improve. This positive mindset will allow you to develop motivation, hope, and a strong character that will take you where you want to go in life. Soon, you’ll realize the full power of a growth mindset.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these mindset quotes and sayings? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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