Take a moment to consider what your current mindset is. Do you generally see the glass half empty? Or are you more of an optimist? Can you remember a recent learning experience that empowered you? Or did a recent outcome make you feel defeated? How much control do you believe you have over your mindset?
Humans are born with a powerful drive to learn. Infants stretch toward skills like walking and talking without ever imagining that it’s too hard or a waste of their time and effort. Children don’t worry about making mistakes or humiliating themselves until they absorb inhibitions and begin shaping their own mindset.
According to Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, mindset is developed out of experience and the meaning we give those experiences. She explains how our basic beliefs about ourselves can be broken down in two ways:
Fixed Mindset: Fixed ideas propose that our character, intelligence and creative ability are unchangeable.
Growth Mindset: The spirit of learning sees mishaps, missteps, and failures as an opportunity for growth and for stretching our current abilities.
Dweck is taking a new swing at an idea held by Henry Ford: "Whatever you think you can, or can’t do, you’re right." Optimism is seeing the glass half full, instead of half empty. Optimism is hope that tomorrow will be brighter than today. Pessimism lulls us into a worst-case scenario and convinces us that development and potential are foolish notions.
Our trained life coaches believe mindset is changeable by improved skills and deployed motivation. We believe in cultivating potential through effort and deliberate practice. Not only do we thrive to embrace these strategies ourselves, we will help you utilize them to cultivate UR own teachable spirit:
Embrace life as a set of teachable moments
Be curious about your reactions and how to adjust them
Pay attention to the opportunities that present themselves
Create time for learning and self-exploration
Invite collaboration, feedback, and up building relationships
Benjamin Barber, an eminent sociologist, once said, “I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures...I divide the world into the learners and non-learners.”
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