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A Guide to Growth Mindset for Creatives ft. Jamie Milam

In this episode, we’re talking about growth mindset and self-awareness. What is growth mindset? How can you apply it to yourself and your business? We’ve got some tips on using growth mindset to get that book written, too!

And then we dive into a conversation with Jamie Milam on self-awareness. Jamie’s life took a determined turn at 15 when she faced independence and battled drug addiction. Discovering motherhood at 19, she embraced the pressure to create a better life for herself and her child.

From humble beginnings, Jamie’s problem-solving skills led to three successful businesses. Her true liberation, however, came from self-awareness, enabling her to navigate challenges with unwavering calm and align her strategies authentically. As an alignment coach, she empowers female entrepreneurs to break free from pressure, find peace, and align their strategies with their genuine aspirations.

Connect with Jamie on her website or Instagram. You can also grab Jamie’s free self-awareness guide.


Here we are in summer, which is the Grow Season — a time to cultivate our mindsets and nurture our creative passions. Today, we’ll delve into the transformative concept of a growth mindset and explore how it can unlock new levels of productivity and fulfillment, particularly for writers and other creatives.

A growth mindset is the belief that our abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort, persistence, and a willingness to learn.

It’s the understanding that our talents, skillsets, and strengths are not fixed, but can be honed and refined through dedicated practice. This perspective stands in stark contrast to a fixed mindset, where one believes that their capabilities are set in stone, no matter how hard they try.

A Growth Mindset Guide for Creatives

As a writer, your journey is filled with countless opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Whether you’re penning a bestselling novel or crafting a thought-provoking non-fiction piece, the path to success is paved with challenges, failures, and a constant need to push the boundaries of your abilities. This is where the power of a growth mindset comes into play.

What is a Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset is the belief that your talents, skills, and intelligence are not fixed, but can be developed through effort, persistence, and a willingness to learn. This stands in contrast to a fixed mindset, where one believes their abilities are set in stone and cannot be improved upon.

Individuals with a growth mindset embrace challenges, see failures as opportunities for growth, and are more likely to achieve greater success. They understand that the journey is just as important as the destination, and they’re excited to put in the work necessary to reach their goals.


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Applying a Growth Mindset to Your Writing

As a writer, adopting a growth mindset can be a game-changer. It allows you to approach your craft with a sense of curiosity and openness, rather than the fear of failure or the desire for immediate perfection.

Embrace the Writing Process

One of the key tenets of a growth mindset is understanding that the first draft is never the final draft. Instead of getting discouraged by the inevitable messiness of the writing process, view each revision as an opportunity to refine and improve your work.

Celebrate the small wins, like completing a chapter or polishing a paragraph, rather than focusing solely on the end result.

Seek Feedback and Criticism

Feedback and criticism can be daunting, but they’re essential for growth. Approach critiques with a open mind, actively looking for areas where you can enhance your writing. Rather than taking feedback personally, see it as a chance to develop your skills and deepen your self-awareness.

Cultivate Persistence and Resilience

Writing can be a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with moments of triumph and frustration. Adopting a growth mindset means embracing the ups and downs, and persisting even when the going gets tough. Treat each setback as a chance to learn and try a new approach, rather than giving up.

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Expand Your Horizons

A growth mindset encourages you to step outside your comfort zone and experiment with new writing techniques, genres, or perspectives. By continuously challenging yourself, you’ll expand your creative boundaries and uncover new ways to captivate your readers.

Leveraging a Growth Mindset for Writing

As an author, your book can be a powerful tool for growing your business and reaching your target audience. By applying a growth mindset to your writing and publishing journey, you can maximize the impact of your work.

Write to Deepen Your Self-Awareness

Approach the writing process as an opportunity to better understand your business, your expertise, and the unique value you offer your clients. The act of putting your thoughts and strategies onto the page can help you clarify your core message and refine your positioning.

“You can’t ignore [your self-awareness of physical cues]. Once you see it, once you feel it, once you recognize it, you can’t ignore it. And if you do, You’re sending your, yourself, these bodily signals that you’re not going to honor that, which means that you don’t respect your own needs and wants, but when you do honor it, you’re valuing yourself in ways that nobody else can do for you.”

Jamie Milam

Use Your Book as a Marketing Asset

Your book is more than just a creative endeavor – it’s a platform for showcasing your authority and attracting new clients. By consistently promoting your work and sharing your expertise, you can elevate your brand and expand your reach.

Embrace Continuous Improvement

Even after your book is published, maintain a growth mindset. Pay attention to reader feedback, sales data, and your own internal sense of what’s working. Use this information to make informed decisions about future revisions, additional books, or other content that can support your business goals.

Cultivating a Growth Mindset as a Writer

So, how can we leverage a growth mindset to elevate our writing careers? Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Embrace Feedback and Critique: Solicit input from editors, beta readers, and writing groups, and use their insights to strengthen your work. Resist the urge to be defensive, and instead, focus on how you can apply the feedback to improve your writing.
  2. Don’t Let Perfection Hold You Back: Perfectionism can be the enemy of progress. Instead of aiming for flawlessness, concentrate on consistent forward motion. Remember that your book will evolve and grow just as you do.
  3. Approach the Writing Process as a Journey: Recognize that the first draft is rarely the final draft. Each iteration is an opportunity to refine your skills, deepen your understanding of your message, and hone your craft. Celebrate the small wins, like completing a chapter or reworking a challenging scene.
  4. Stay Open-Minded After Publication: Even after your book is out in the world, maintain a growth mindset. Pay attention to reader feedback, sales data, and your own reflections on the process. Use this information to refine your marketing, adjust your content, and plan for your next project.

Remember, a growth mindset is not about being perfect – it’s about being willing to take risks, learn from your experiences, and continuously evolve as a writer and a business owner. Embrace the journey, and watch your creative potential soar.

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My Top 3 Takeaways for This Episode

The 3 things I loved most about my chat with Jamie was talking about:

  1. Growth Mindset Isn’t All-or-Nothing: A common misconception is that a growth mindset must be applied to every single aspect of our lives. The truth is, it’s okay to have a fixed mindset in certain areas. Perhaps you’re content with the level of tidiness in your home or the amount of time you dedicate to a particular hobby. The key is being aware of where you’re applying a growth mindset and where you’re not, and being intentional about those choices.
  2. Feedback and Criticism as Opportunities: One of the hallmarks of a growth mindset is the ability to embrace feedback and criticism with open arms. This can be incredibly challenging, especially when the feedback stings or feels undeserved. However, by viewing critique as a chance to identify areas for improvement, we empower ourselves to become better writers, better business owners, and better versions of ourselves.
  3. The Importance of Self-Awareness: Closely tied to a growth mindset is the practice of self-awareness. By tuning in to our physical and emotional responses, we can gain valuable insights into our authentic needs, desires, and boundaries. This self-knowledge is key to making decisions that align with our true selves, whether in our personal lives or our creative endeavors.

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PS — 🩵 When it feels right, here are 3 ways I can help you turn the page:

  1. The Book Map. Imagine having a GPS for your book-writing journey, guiding you from “I think I have an idea!” all the way to “OMG, I did it! I wrote a book!” That’s what the Book Map can do for you. It’s a supercharged roadmap for your writing journey. It’s not just about outlining chapters; it’s about diving deep into what you want to say and the best way to say it, ensuring every word pulls its weight. You’re not just writing a book; you’re crafting a masterpiece that feels as if it almost writes itself. Ready to make your book dream a reality? Let’s Book Map it!
  2. One-to-One Book Coaching. I have a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching world-changers to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey. I see a future where we build trust in our words, worlds, and work with our books, and where the world becomes a better place because of the books we write. My commitment is to bring to life books—fiction and nonfiction—founded on integrity. I’ll bring the map, and you’ll take us on the journey. If you’re ready to change the world with your book, your quest awaits. Apply for a free discovery call here. It takes 3 minutes.
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Holly Ostrout is a book coach with a vision of changing the world one book at a time, by teaching big-idea entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers, and authors to create a book in a gentler, more effective way. A way that takes both you and your reader on a profound journey.
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