Having a growth mindset is a critical skill for children and adults alike! A fixed mindset tells us that what we think or how we are cannot change. However, brain research shows us that is just not true! Our brains are capable of adapting and changing…this is called neuroplasticity. Knowing this and putting it to use make learning a more successful experience.
What is a growth mindset?
Believing that a person’s abilities or understanding are not innate, but can be developed over time through effort, learning, and persistent practice.
Why does having a growth mindset matter?
Understanding a growth mindset helps us to have courage to keep trying when things feel difficult and to not give up just because we don’t understand a concept on the first attempt. How many times have you heard your child say “I don’t get it!” Well, you can confidently tell them that may be true now, but it does not always have to be true. In order for any of us to be successful at something new we need to have a growth mindset!
How do I develop a growth mindset?
Here are a few easy steps to begin to develop a growth mindset:
- Think about a skill or ability that is either new or difficult
- Use language that speaks positively about your ability to grow in this area. “I don’t know how to do this, yet.” “I am excited to learn more about how to do this.” “I know I’ll make improvements as I put in practice.”
- Be willing to accept feedback from others. Look to people who are already great at this skill. What do they do differently? Ask people you trust to share ideas on how you can improve.
- Embrace mistakes! Making mistakes is the best way to learn. Instead of being frustrated when things don’t go the way you think they will look at what went wrong and make adjustments for the future.
- Be positive! Being kind to yourself on this journey is important.