The Mindset You Need to Succeed at Every Goal

The construct — called the “strategic mindset” — describes the tendency to question and refine your current approach in the face of setbacks and challenges. While others diligently follow the same convoluted path, people with the strategic mindset are constantly looking for a more efficient route forwards. “It helps them figure out how to direct their efforts more effectively,” says Patricia Chen at the National University of Singapore. And Chen’s new research shows that it may just spell the difference between success or failure. Chen’s findings build on a wealth of research on metacognition — which is our awareness and understanding of our own thought processes.

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