November 15


Results are only a Measure for your Effectiveness (Growth Mindset Hacks Series)

By Harry Heijligers

November 15, 2017

Growth Mindset

This article is one in a series of Growth Mindset Hacks. Today the second growth mindset hack: Results are only a Measure for your Results.

As said in this article having a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset, has numerous advantages for you. And the good news is that you too can develop a growth mindset. Here is the first hack to develop a growth mindset: Results are only a Measure for your Results.


Having a Growth Mindset means that you value effort over results as we have seen in the previous Growth Mindset Hack. Detach yourself emotionally from the results you get. The only thing that matter is the efforts you have put in. There is, however, one way in which your results can benefit you. Use your results as a measure of your effectiveness.

Let me give you an example:

Let's assume that your master plan is to lose 10 pounds in one month by exercising 10 minutes every day. Now, 30 days later, you have worked out every day. So, you may be very proud of your efforts, because you followed your plan to the letter. Now, if you check your results and see on the scale that you only lost 2 pounds, then don’t be disappointed in yourself. There is really no need for that. Detach yourself emotionally from this result. Don’t value this result as good or bad. It is just a measure which teaches you something about what the effect is on your workouts. Every effect has its causes. An effect you can’t influence. However, you do have control over the causes. So, be proud of yourself that executed your master plan perfectly. And let this result be a measure of the effectiveness of your master plan.

So, apparently, 10 minutes’ workout every day leads to a loss in weight of 2 pounds after 30 days. So, if you want to lose 10 pounds in 30 days, then you have to work out 50 minutes every day. Now, you can decide if this is something you can realistically apply to your daily routine. If you do have the time and energy to work out 50 minutes every day, then great. Now you know that you are capable of doing the work if you set your mind to it. So, focus on it for the next 30 days and then evaluate the results. If, however, 50 minutes’ workout every day is not realistic for you, then change your goal. Don’t try to lose 10 pounds in 30 days, because that is not realistic. Instead, aim for losing 10 pounds in 100 days.


So, be the cause of your results. You can’t control your results. You only can control the efforts you take to get the results. See the result only as a measure of the effectiveness of your efforts and nothing more than that. Learn from your results and if necessary, course correct.

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Harry Heijligers

About the author

Harry Heijligers has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Manager and more than 17 years of experience as an NLP Trainer. He has a Dutch blog about NLP here:
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