November 17, 2020

Do I have a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset?

What is a Growth Mindset?

A growth mindset is where people believe that their basic abilities such as intelligence and talent can be developed through dedication, practice and hard work.

Those who have a growth mindset believe that if you take on challenges, you can learn from them which in turns increases your abilities and will help you in achieving your potential.

What is a Fixed Mindset?

A fixed mindset is where people believe that their qualities such as intelligence and talent are unchangeable.

Those who have a fixed mindset believe you are born with these basic qualities and they are fixed and therefore can not be developed.

How can you develop a Growth Mindset?

You must believe that you have the ability to develop your own qualities such as your intelligence and talent.

You must embrace your imperfections, learn that mistakes are marvellous and to see challenges as opportunities. A great way to navigate through life is to use The Power of ‘Yet’. The use of ‘Yet’ helps you acknowledge that though, in that moment in time, you are unable to achieve a goal you can remind yourself that you aren’t there ‘Yet’. Nurturing your mindset in helping it understand that you have potential and can achieve your goals through perseverance helps you to develop your growth mindset. 

How can you apply Growth Mindset in real life?

Applying a growth mindset in your everyday life isn’t always easy. You need to find opportunities to stop and check your mindset.

When someone offers you some feedback, pause and remember to be open to the opportunity to improve. If you make a mistake or ‘fail’, take a moment to consider what you have learnt from that mistake rather than judge yourself negatively. When you notice yourself shying away from a new challenge or activity for fear that you might not be good at it, embrace the chance to learn something new and remember that you have the capability to make progress with anything you put you mind to.

What are the benefits of a Growth Mindset?

The benefits of a growth mindset are tremendous.

A growth mindset can really change your outlook and the way you approach learning. Developing a growth mindset means you are much more likely to challenge yourself and say yes to taking risks and opportunities. This positive mindset builds confidence, self-esteem and helps you to take more responsibility for how you want your life to be, as you understand that the effort you put in impacts the outcome. Developing a growth mindset can have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing, your academic attainment and ultimately your future job prospects.

Who defined Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset.

These terms are used to describe the basic beliefs in which people have about learning, talent and intelligence.

Who is Carol Dweck?

Carol Dweck is an American psychologist and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.

Carol Dweck is predominantly known for her groundbreaking work on how mindsets such as a fixed and a growth mindset can influence motivation and success. Listen to Carol Dweck’s TED talk on The power in believing that you can improve.

How do I explain a Life Skills Course to my child?

It is a fun filled, action packed, activity based course where you will meet new friends and learn some wonderful new skills.

You will learn what growth mindset means and how you can use it in your everyday life. You will be given tools which will help you work towards becoming the very best version of you! 

Do you run any children’s courses that teach Growth Mindset?

Yes. All of our Courses touch on what is means to have a growth mindset and how to apply it in your everyday life.

We offer online and offline courses as well as individual online sessions to fit around your family life. Take a look at our homepage to find out what we have on offer or please contact us either by Telephone: +44 20 3637 7107 or email: [email protected] to speak to one of our team members.