To Promote a Growth Mindset for Kids or Adults, Follow these Key Practices

  • Do not praise intelligence. Their intelligence and current abilities cannot be a sign of what they can and can’t do. 

  • Recognise and appreciate process, engagement, strategies, perseverance, effort and progress. These are strong indicators of their desire to learn and grow

  • Do not engage in false praise. Effort that leads to no progress should not be praised. Disappointment should lead to a burning desire to do better. It should be a signal to try a different strategy

  • Establish vulnerability not as a sign of weakness, but a powerful mechanism to realise their full potential

  • Encourage them to make the right choice of words e.g. shift from “I don’t know” to “I don’t know yet”. Simply believing that they can do it, will open up their mind to seek solutions that did not seem possible earlier

  • Provide them with Goldilocks tasks just above their current abilities to enable them to realise benefits of hard work and consistent effort

In summary, a fixed mindset pulls us back and prevents us from realising our full potential while a growth mindset makes us explore without being afraid of the challenges ahead. It’s a choice. Which mindset do you choose?

People with a fixed mindset obstruct their own development through their belief in innate talent and their fear of failure. On the contrary, people with a growth mindset work hard and train hard to ultimately realize their potential to the fullest. By confronting our own attitudes and ideas, we can develop a growth mindset.

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A Take-Home Message

If you leave this piece with only one takeaway, I hope that it is a belief in yourself and your abilities to grow, to develop, and to thrive beyond what you currently perceive as your limits.

Having a growth mindset isn’t an “easy button” solution to any problem, and it will not automatically cause good things to happen to you; however, it will likely make it easier and more enjoyable to work hard toward your goals, and give you the confidence you need to set ever more ambitious goals.

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A quote to end the week strong

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself: Wallace Wattles

This quote highlights the idea that when we work on improving ourselves and reaching our full potential, we not only benefit ourselves but also contribute to the greater good of society. It is a call for self-improvement and personal development, as it can have a ripple effect of positivity that extends to the world around us.

November 27, 2022

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