As we raise children, we constantly teach them that excellence, patience, and firmness lead to understanding and success. They do. But what do we teach them about their intelligence and their ability to learn? When children believe that they are born with the ability and the preconceived notions or that they have immutable intelligence that they cannot change, they are more likely to avoid challenging subjects and set self-imposed boundaries that will affect their development.
In his book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success psychologist & researcher Dr. Carol S. Dweck has suggested two common concepts: fixed and growth. A person with a consistent mind believes that character, ingenuity, and creativity are an immutable gift that cannot be changed in any logical way. Looking for perfection and avoiding failure in every way becomes a way to maintain that inner sense of skills. When you are challenged or frustrated by a job, you may hear people say things like, “I’m so stupid because I don’t know how,” or “I’m so passionate about this, and I can’t get any better.” They don’t know how to do something and they don’t want to make an effort because they believe they should only do what they already know they can do or what sounds easy. This anti-risk mindset can lead to not wanting to force yourself to do challenging things.
On the contrary, Dweck suggests that a person with a mature mind thrives on a challenge, seeing it as a starting point for developing and expanding existing skills instead of proving that it is not wise. In the sense of growth, it focuses on continuous improvement and self-awareness through continuous response. You realize that you can improve with your efforts and even with practice. You can see yourself changing and growing through the app and the knowledge. Having a sense of growth means that for you, challenges are an opportunity to grow. You understand that your brain can learn new, complex tasks (at any time) and grow with training and effort. You can start thinking about things like, “I can do difficult things,” “It’s okay to make a mistake; that’s how I learn,” “As I get used to it, I can and I’ll get better.”
“In the context of growing up, challenges are more fun than threats. So instead of thinking, oh, I will expose my weaknesses, say, oh, here’s a chance to grow. ”- Carol S. Dweck
So why is it important to know and build a sense of growth?
The fact is, having a sense of accomplishment and hard work will help you to do more than you can ever imagine. However, if you were born and raised in the 20th century, you may not have been raised in the sense of growing up. Prior to 2006, when Dweck’s Mindset book was published, children were often raised to believe that talent, intelligence, and ability were given at birth and dominated by genetics. There are probably a number of skills and abilities that many may throw away in development or not focus on their efforts because they believe they are not capable of doing well. When they let go of their automated system and their state of deciding how much effort is put into learning new skills without challenging procedures, they will be caught unawares and miss out on exploring the external limits of their talents.
I know that there have been many times in my life when I have just decided, “I’m not ready for that,” and I avoided that challenge. I, like many others of my generation, grew up with an organized mind. For example, I was convinced that I did not know mathematics. As a result, I didn’t like it and made little effort because it seemed so hard. My fear and disgust for all things related to mathematics meant that I did not get my bachelor’s degree in psychology or business, my favorite subjects, because both had an advanced mathematical need, and I was sure I would not be able to do it.
The strange thing, however, is that in the end, I had no choice but to overcome my belief in mathematical curiosity if I wanted to do any degree in psychology. I had to take a math class at undergraduate level to get into the program and do graduate level studies and maths. What I have learned from completing both courses with an “A” is that by diligently asking a million questions and putting forth a lot of effort to understand what seems to be a challenge, I was doing things that I believed were impossible for me. At the time, I did not know that I was using the principles of sound reasoning.
If you have a consistent mindset, here are five strategies to help you develop a growth mindset. For the next 90 days, focus on getting involved in your daily life; having a purpose means writing it down, thinking about it, and asking yourself, honestly, whether you are using it.
1.Be curious and creative. Challenge yourself to learn something new every day and move beyond your comfort zone. You will find new strategies to use that will help you achieve goals that you thought were impossible or too difficult. Keep them installed for proper operation.
2.Commit to your growth, goals, and promises. If you want to see progress, it is important to make excuses and stay in that lesson. Decide what to do and there is no place for excuses. Commit to your decision and do what you are committed to the time you are committed to doing it. Commit to your commitment.
3.Comply with your efforts. Consistency is the key to learning new habits and learning new things. It is also often one of our biggest challenges and good intentions. Focus on your efforts. Decide how, when, and how to share
4.Be courageous in the face of challenges. Barriers and challenges to learning opportunities. They are your most important opportunity for growth. They accepted. Look for solutions and make adjustments. No matter how complete your plan is or the details are well organized, obstacles will appear unexpectedly and, unless you have a crystal ball, you will not always be able to predict exactly what obstacles will occur. Therefore, do not waste energy on that. Instead, face the challenges with the lens of curiosity and focus on solutions. Be quick in both your mind and your path.
5.Accept positive feedback and use it to grow and develop. Sometimes your best chances for personal development and expertise come from using a corrective response to grow it. Ask for counselors and guides for a specific answer to give you clarification on the skills needed to move forward as well as blind spots, obstacles, and traps that you may not be able to see on your own.
By deliberately focusing on these five daily habits, your health and career will change for the better in ways you would never have imagined. You will gain more confidence because self-confidence is built on working on your skills and seeing growth and development over time. Effort is the only way forward, so be determined to do the job. Each new day is an opportunity to try again, so try again.
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