“What did you learn?”
This is the question that Geoff asked in December 2018 blog
when referring to the end of year summary. This is a good question, not only to look back and evaluate the tasks done, but also to think about our mindset.
Geoff mentioned that the desire to succeed is often driven by targets and numbers, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but what if we fail and do not reach our targets? What do we do then? What if you have not reached your 2018 goal? What if you feel you are not succeeding with your New Year’s resolutions?
Maybe a feeling of failure is stopping you making more plans for the next year. Maybe someone has reached a target and feels they have reached their full potential so decide to go no further. In both cases a fixed mindset is shown – fear of looking unintelligent or believing they have fixed abilities.
Growth mindset, on the other hand, encourages you to keep going to try to reach the target in the future – it is driven by motivation, persistence and effort to reach the current target, and then achieve more in the following year.
Fixed or growth mindset
. Which one do you belong to? If it is the fixed one, can you change it?
Over 30 years ago Dr. Dweck framed the terms ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindset. Her research
was based on students’ attitudes towards failure. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Other neuroscience research has proved that we can increase our neural growth by the actions we take, such as using good strategies, asking questions, practicing, maintaining a healthy diet and following a good sleeping pattern. Overall if you believe your brain can grow, you behave differently. Which should answer the question: “Can you change from fixed mindset to growth mindset?”. The answer is “Yes!”
So here are the 5 questions that can help you start the change: