I am Growth Mindset with some fixed qualities!

I love learning about the power of YET – growth mindset versus fixed mindset. I find that it initially makes me panic a little because as a mom and educator, I sure did not use the power of YET in my early years. Now that my children are grown though, I found out that it is NEVER too late to start!

As a child, I was the “smart, organized” one, while my sister was the pretty one and my brother was the athlete. It became a fixed mindset for me that I wasn’t pretty or athletic – and if my brains/grades were called into question, well my self-worth was also impacted negatively. After years of counseling, my growth mindset was initially and unknowingly formed through cognitive behavioral therapy. They don’t necessarily focus on YET but they do focus on changing and reframing distorted ways of thinking. So I am soaking up this growth mindset vs fixed mindset information at the fraction of my therapy bills! I especially loved the graphic comparison provided in the discussion and found that I could check off the growth qualities I believe I have and cringe when I came across one that I knew needed some work. 

Besides the book and videos by Carol Dweck, other classmates have shared sites I am checking out as well. I also found a growth mindset quiz that I took and the results were emailed to me (get ready for some SPAM!) – but it states that I am a GROWTH MINDSET WITH SOME FIXED QUALITIES.

 Ok, I LOVE my results because it just shows I still have room to grow and learn!! Here is the link if you want to try it too: https://www.mindsethealth.com/matter/growth-vs-fixed-mindset

I really hope to pick up and learn the lingo and growth mindset leading responses so that I can put them into practice with everyone I come in contact with (students, teachers, family, friends, co-workers) because it is such a valuable tool not only in learning but also in life by reducing burnout, depression and anxiety. It is so easy to fall back into the old, learned habits of “you are so smart” or “don’t worry, keep trying” or “this sucks, I give up!” to really put the focus back on the learner to develop resilience, increase motivation, embrace lifelong learning and seek challenges knowing that setbacks are simply opportunities to learn, grow and improve. I feel like I am on the cusp and really would love for the growth mindset to flow more naturally from me – I think that will take more studying, more confidence and lots of practice!

Stanford Alumni. (2014, October 9). Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiiEeMN7vbQ&t=573s

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