If success means you are smart, then failure means you are dumb. That’s the fixed mindset. Dr Carol S Dweck
Firstly, it’s helpful to look at the two mindsets and try to recognise both of these attitudes within ourselves. Yes that’s right, you have a fixed mindset! Don’t panic, you also have a growth mindset, we simply think differently towards different areas of our lives. A good example is those who might see Maths or Music as a natural talent, you are either good at it or you are not. Whereas with specific sports, you may have experienced some improvement over time and could view the struggles faced with a different belief & exhibit more resilience. Incidentally, are you the polar opposite and don’t think you are very ‘sporty’?
In a growth mindset you might view your brain more like a ‘mental muscle’ and focus on incremental bits of success. Therefore becoming less concerned with being judged and more interested in growing, you try to:
To try and reach our potential, we should be aware of our fixed mindset, recognise it and try to change the way we think in that moment about our learning. In this ‘fixed’ attitude, we might:
The Live-N-Learn ethos isn’t promoting a “can do” attitude, we are more “I can’t do it YET!”. We focus on encouraging personal responsibility, resilience and changing attitudes from the ‘fixed mindset’ to a ‘growth mindset’. Are we saying that anyone can become a rocket scientist or an extremely gifted and talented footballer? No, what we are saying is that everyone has this amazing capacity to improve on most aspects of their lives. In order for that improvement to occur and potential realised, there has to be an acknowledgement that hard work is required and a willingness to hang in there with a passion when setbacks occur.
Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives. Dr Carol S Dweck
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