Mindset. . .
I have spoke and written about the growth mindset over the years and today I wis to revisit the ideas and concepts that often surround the energy we call a “growth mindset.”
Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). This is because they worry less about looking smart and put more energy into learning. In contrast, people with primarily fixed-mindset often experience or participate in more mental cheating and deception to gain an advantage – this how their world looks and operates so it seems natural to compete in these ways.
A big part of having a growth mindset is not letting setbacks keep you from working to improve. It’s important to remember that setbacks can actually provide a way forward. A key to making progress and moving forward is self-advocacy. Speaking up when something isn’t working and asking for support can lead to solutions. And that can lead to improvement. Self-advocacy develops over time. Kids can start learning and practicing the skills at a young age. The earlier that happens, the better. But people can build self-advocacy skills at any age.
I personally thinks this is key to a growth mindset – self advocacy.
Peace and Love, Jim