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Mindset - Not just for Mondays...


mindset is your collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape your habits. And your habits affect how you think, what you feel, and what you do.

Your mind-set impacts how you make sense of the world, and how you make sense of you.

Your mindset is a big deal.

Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with life's challenges.

The Brain plays a role in mindset as mindset is related to brain plasticity and neural networks formed by learning.

Why is mindset important?

Mindset -- a strong and positive one -- is essential to developing healthy self-esteem.

It is an important tool that affects our daily self-dialogue and reinforces our most intimate beliefs, attitudes and feelings about ourselves.

2 TYPES Fixed and Growth

I am going to give you the traits for both.

What type of mindset are you?

Having researched I found….

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Out of these 25, I randomly picked 15.

BUT. I am only sharing 5, the rest will be on my blog on my website, if you want to LEARN more.

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.

Hiding from your weaknesses means you’ll never overcome them.

2. View challenges as opportunities.

Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement.

3. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”

When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned.

4. Value the process over the end result.

Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.

5. Cultivate a sense of purpose.

A growth mindset have a greater sense of purpose. Look at the bigger picture

6. Celebrate growth with others

If you truly appreciate growth, you’ll want to share your progress with others.

7. Emphasise growth over speed.

Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes.

8. Reward actions, not traits.

Tell students when they’re doing something smart, not just being smart.

9. Redefine “genius.”

The myth’s been busted: genius requires hard work, not talent alone.

10. Portray criticism as positive.

You don’t have to used that hackneyed term, “constructive criticism,” but you do have to believe in the concept.

11. Place effort before talent.

Hard work should always be rewarded before inherent skill.

12. Use the word “yet.”

Dweck says “not yet” has become one of her favourite phrases. Whenever you see students struggling with a task, just tell them they haven’t mastered it yet.

13. Learn from other people’s mistakes.

It’s not always wise to compare yourself to others, but it is important to realise that humans share the same weaknesses.

14. Take risks in the company of others.

Stop trying to save face all the time and just let yourself goof up now and then. It will make it easier to take risks in the future.

15. Take ownership over your attitude.

Once you develop a growth mindset, own it. Acknowledge yourself as someone who possesses a growth mentality and be proud to let it guide you throughout your educational career.

Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success. Her theory of the two mindsets and the difference they make in outcomes is incredibly powerful.

Carol Dweck: A Summary of Growth and Fixed Mindsets

Changing our beliefs can have a powerful impact. The growth mindset creates a powerful passion for learning. “Why waste time proving over and over how great you are,” Dweck writes, “when you could be getting better?”

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