Observations Round 2.4 – Growth Mindset

The growth mindset is a scholastic concept developed by psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck on the perspective of student’s ability to learn versus their innate capabilities.  Dweck believes it is best to teach children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning to ensure that they are not driven by external praise.

Check out a great read found on one of my favorite blogs,  Farnam Street:

Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

This perspective has been integrated into my journey.

Love challenges. I am continuing to embrace my challenges rather than avoid them.  Nothing is happening magically and outside of my influence.  It would be easy to behave a fish on a deck, helplessly flopping around with everything being beyond its control.  This is not true.  I am able to determine by own behavior, choices and mindset and find ways to keep moving forward beyond the scale.

Be intrigued by my mistakes.  The negative thoughts creep in and I am getting better and better at shutting them down.  My mind whispers what is wrong we me?  I answer myself: NOTHING! I am a badass!!

I own my choices, good and not so good.  Practice not judging myself.   Practice recognizing self-sabotage and doing the work to discover the why behind choosing what is not supporting my goals.  Practice taking deep breaths, pausing,  and continue to take small steps forward.  Practice moving on, moving beyond.

Enjoy the effort.  I feel like the struggle is real right now, lol, and that is okay.  What feels like a struggle is actually inconsistency and I know I am capable of becoming more consistent. I practice seeing each day as a clean slate and a fresh opportunity to steady myself on my current bumpy waves.

Keep on learning. I am still learning every day about health, wellness and mindset.  Especially mindset.  I do believe that our mindset is the driver of all else.  Get your mindset strong and healthy to truly develop into your best self.

More to come…..