Self-Talk & Flexible Mindsets

It is important to recognise we have both mindsets and that helpful self-talk, when done in a positive, honest and energised way, can change your mindset. The very notion that we are just one or the other, is an all or nothing mentality that doesn't allow any room for improvement. It also means we might label ourselves or others around us. When we hear ourselves thinking in a closed way about our abilities, we can begin to make a deliberate and conscious effort to change, switch or even slide along the spectrum of Mindsets moving towards our Growth Mindset. With this conscious shift we start seeing hard work, effort, practise, perseverance, trialling of new strategies, asking lots of questions and seeking out help as our go-to internal resources. A tool kit that can be accessed, activated and executed at any point in time.
Example of Self-Talk

Example of Self-Talk

Live-N-Learn want you to view opportunities as clouds, say yes to them and jump on, become a CloudHopper™ as who knows where they might lead. Your fixed mindset chooses things we already know we are good at, maybe as an opportunity to show off. It chooses the easy option for fear of looking silly. Your growth mindset picks a new challenge, chooses options that stretch your current ability, maybe you have never tried it and need to practise in order to improve. One thing is certain, if you try something new and hear yourself saying “I’m not good at this”… think stop, “I can’t do this YET! What can I do to get better”. If you hear yourself saying “I’m not a numbers person”… think stop, that feeling of difficulty means you are growing your brain!

Mindset interventions complement—and do not replace—traditional educational reforms. They do not teach students academic content or skills, restructure schools, or improve teacher training. Instead, they allow students to take better advantage of learning opportunities that are present in schools and tap into existing recursive processes to generate long-lasting effects . . . Indeed, [Mindset] interventions may make the effects of high-quality educational reforms. (Yeager & Walton, 2011). Yeager & Walton, 2011

Check out “6 Ways to improve how you talk to yourself” by InnerDrive.