Amal Totkay

Kamran Zahid
3 min readApr 10, 2021


Developing A Growth Mindset

Students succumb to a fixed mindset when they think that their intelligence and talent are set: They are either smart or not, either talented or not. A student who says, “I’m terrible at math” will avoid the subject whenever possible. A student who says, “I’m great at math” will probably not work very hard to improve.

The Amal totkay are basically the tips that are taught the fellows for the development of their growth mindset. These are the five tips that are usually taught to the fellows for changing a fixed mindset to a growth mindset:

1-Positive self talk

When you start practicing positive self talk, your first reprogramming is your mindset: from the fixed mindset to the growth mindset. The mindset you approach new endeavors with will be the decider of your success, and a growth mindset will pave the wave for all your future learning.

2-Get out of your comfort zone

Comfort zone is the place where “you feel comfortable and your abilities are not being tested, means the comfort zone is the place where “you don’t have to do anything new or different.

3-Create new habits

Integrate powerful habits into your day that help your mindset change and reinforce your thinking with action. If you are upgrading from “fixed” to “growth” mindset, schedule time for learning and start noting down your learnings and achievements every day. Journaling, or writing your everyday achievements and learnings might also be a great way for you to start upgrading your mindset.

4-Ask people for feedback to improve yourself

It may be harder to implement, but it’s worth it. Make sure you choose people who know you well and care about you enough to do it properly. Ask your nearest and dearest to comment on how your functioning and interactions with people have changed recently.

5-Act to have a growth mindset till you really make it

This is another way of experimenting with your new belief(s). Even if you don’t fully buy into the new mindset, try acting as if you were. Watch how your confidence and your perception of your capabilities change. Yes, fake it till you make it. Research shows that if you act as if you were competent and confident in an area, will eventually lead to improved competence and confidence.

These tips are really helpful to develop a growth mindset instead of having a fixed one. These tips increase the chances of our success for our career.

My takeaways from these tips is that we need to believe in ourselves by positive thinking and to put ourselves in new challenging situations to use a higher mindset. We also have to create new habits to change our mindsets from fixed to willing for learning new ideas.

Getting out of the the comfort zone, is the tip that I am already trying to implement as I learned that success always lies outside the comfort zone.