6 Mindsets Test
Many corporate psychologists believe that there are six mindsets that are crucial for success: Locus of Control, Resilience, Win-Win, Growth, Serendipity, and Abundance. Having above-average scores on each of these mindsets is thought to render a person adaptable, generous, and strong.
What are your scores on the six mindsets? For each of the following statements, indicate how well it describes you below.
Question 1 of 42
I view unexpected events as distractions that delay my progress.
The IDRlabs 6 Mindsets Test was developed by, and is the exclusive property of, IDRlabs International. The IDR-6MT was informed by the work of professors and researchers in the fields of corporate psychology and positive psychology.
The test measures the following mindsets: Internal Locus of Control: The Locus of Control scale measures whether you see yourself as having control over the outcomes of events in your life. If you believe that you have control over what happens, you have an internal locus of control. If you believe that you have no control over the outcomes in your life, and/or that external variables are to blame, then you have an external locus of control. Corporate psychologists tend to believe an internal locus of control is more advantageous when it comes to navigating the events of tomorrow.
Resilience: Resilience describes a multi-level personality construct that is used in both clinical and applied psychology. A person is assumed to be resilient if they easily bounce back to their baseline level of functioning after being faced with stress, trauma, adversity, or threat. Resilience can include both the propensity to go beyond one’s baseline capacities and the development of stronger ways of resolving the challenges in one’s life as a result of stress exposure.
Win-Win: A mindset that fosters win-win outcomes seeks agreements and solutions that are mutually beneficial and mutually satisfying. With a win-win solution, all active parties feel good about the decision and are committed to the plan that has been agreed to. People with win-win mindsets thus see life as a cooperative arena rather than a competitive one. Instead of thinking about strong or weak, hardball or softball, and win or lose, they remind themselves that one person’s success is not achieved at the expense or exclusion of the success of others. Win-win is thus not about your way or my way — it’s about a higher, better way.
Growth Mindset: People with a growth mindset believe that making an effort and practicing one’s skill make a meaningful difference over time. By contrast, people who do not have a growth mindset believe that talent, intelligence, and thus one’s professional skills and/or career, are innate and unchangeable. Not having a growth mindset thus contributes to limiting beliefs, while having a growth mindset gives one empowering, “can-do” beliefs.
Serendipity: People high in serendipity believe that luck can be learned and leveraged just like any other skill. In fact, people who are good at creating their own luck can be said to have a serendipity mindset that they use to make their lives better at work, at home, and, indeed, everywhere. Such people know that they are not simply “luckier,” but that the conditions for which happy coincidences arise and are taken advantage of must be cultivated in one’s life if one is to succeed. It may appear as if good things simply happen to such people but, in fact, they draw upon a wide range of skills to attract good luck and achieve their desired outcomes in life.
Abundance: People with an abundance mindset believe that there are enough resources and successes for everyone. Consequently, they try to maintain an optimistic, open, and cooperative frame of mind, which they pair with a “can-do” attitude. By contrast, people who do not have an abundance mindset tend to believe that resources and success are finite in quantity, and thus, one person’s success is necessarily another person’s failure. Consequently, this often hampers their ability to make the most of the opportunities that come their way.
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