"A tendency to believe that you can grow"
Most people in the education and sport worlds now know the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset. A “growth mindset” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a tendency to believe that you can grow. A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way. A growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure “not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. But how do we actually help develop a growth mindset? What are the sorts of behaviours and habits that we should be encouraging? Read 10 ways to develop a growth mindset.
- Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.
We all have imperfections. Hiding from your weaknesses means you’ll never overcome them.
- View challenges as opportunities.
Don't think you can stay in your comfort zone and keep learning. Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement.
- Try different learning tactics.
There’s no one-size-fits-all model for learning. What works for one person may not work for you.
- Follow the research on brain plasticity.
The brain isn’t fixed; the mind shouldn’t be either.
- Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”
When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned.
- Stop seeking approval.
When you prioritise approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth. Focus upon how the need for approval I holding you back from doing the important things.
- Value the process over the end result.
Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.
- Emphasise growth over speed.
Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes.
- Redefine “genius”.
The myth’s been busted: genius requires hard work, not talent alone.
- Portray criticism as positive.
Criticism hurts for most, but given right, it can inspire both the critic and the critiqued.