Luckily, there’s another option: viewing mistakes as opportunities for improvement.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” –Aaliyah
Growth Mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, is the belief that intelligence and ability can be developed at any age, at any level, or in any situation.
That’s right, Sparky, you can teach an old dog new tricks. You can also teach a *bad dog, an *untalented dog, and a *stupid dog. (*arbitrary judgements that mean absolutely nothing)
#GrowthMindset is the belief in your own potential, rooted in neuroplasticity, a twenty-dollar word that means your brain has the ability to change both physically and functionally. It’s why people can recover from addictions or depression, learn to walk and talk after a stroke, and master new skills despite learning disabilities or other brain constraints. Every brain has the ability to grow.
The limits of neuroplasticity are not yet known. It’s believed to have wide-reaching influence over every facet of human life, including how we develop good habits as well as crippling addictions. Neuroplasticity is like the force, it has a light side and a dark side.
Which brings us back to how you deal with challenges, aka your Mindset.
Science has shown that how we respond to setbacks can have serious impact on our overall success in any field or activity. So if you have a growth mindset you can harness neuroplasticity to your benefit.
The good news is that most of us are already growth mindset about a number of things, otherwise we’d never learn to walk, talk, or snapchat. But often as the intensity of the challenges increase so does the ridiculousness of the excuses like “I didn’t get the math gene” or “I’m just big boned.” Maybe you feel comfortable digging into astrophysics, but public speaking induces cold sweats. Fear not, you can learn to orate with ease.
Nothing is stopping you except your mindset.
Choosing to believe in your own potential can lead to amazing things, while choosing to believe that you–or others–are too ______ (ex. dumb, female, African) to ______ (ex. vote, run corporations , direct big budget films) leads down a dangerous, slippery slope.
Be a Mixed Mental Artist. Choose #GrowthMindset and aim to follow in the footsteps of the founding fathers who believed everyone had the ability to learn virtually anything from the internet. I paraphrase.
Keep in mind, #GrowthMindset is not The Secret. There’s real work in achieving mastery.
#GrowthMindset changes your attitude surrounding the work.
None of us is totally there yet because #GrowthMindset. Haven’t you been listening? It’s a Journey, not a destination. We’re constantly learning from constructive criticism and mistakes so that we may continue to build a better world.
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