Did you know that USWNT soccer player, Alex Morgan, was cut from her first club team or that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? Both would go onto become professionals in their respective sports. Apparently they were not born professionals, but had to put in a lot of hardwork and dedication to get where they did. They CHOSE to rise above and persevere-they CHOSE to have a growth mindset.
According to psychologist, Carol Dweck, a mindset is a self-perception or “self theory” that one has about themselves. Mindset can have a profound impact on ones learning, skill acquisition, relationships, successes, and other areas of life. Mindset is characterized in two categories-fixed and growth. The following lists characteristics of both:
*believes you are born with your talents
*gets easily frustrated and gives up easily
*feels threatened by others successes
*sees effort as temporary
*ignores criticism or feedback
*desires to be seen as perfect and talented
*believes talent and basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hardwork
*embraces challenges and pushes through setbacks-has grit/resilience/determination
*views failure as a stepping stone
*desires to learn and improve-has a love for learning
*is inspired by and learns from others successes
*uses feedback/criticism as a way to improve
*believes effort makes all the difference
*open-minded, coachable, and hard working
The best way to achieve a growth mindset is through what we feed it. We need to be watching, reading, doing and surrounding ourselves with all the yummy good stuff that encourages us to persevere. That includes surrounding ourselves with people whose energy inspires us and gives us the energy to grow. Just like what we eat determines our energy/performance, the same goes for what we feed our minds. When you believe that you will succeed after hardwork and practice, the odds that you will are far greater.
It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.
Top 11 children/adolescent books to foster a growth mindset:
The mindset we model, is the mindset that our kiddos will model. Our mindset pertains to all areas of life-which do you choose????
The limit is not in the sky, it is in the mind.
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