Develop a Growth Mindset

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    Kevin Mahoney

    I am currently trying to develop a consistent growth focus in my personal and professional life. One thing I have noticed about myself is that I feel energized when I am in the process of pursuing a goal. However, once the goal is achieved, I tend to feel a letdown and can be left thinking “Now, what?”. To counter this, I desire to focus more on the process of growth and less on the positive results that growth inevitably brings.

    I recently came across and interesting blog post by Sharen Ross titled “5 Ways to Cultivate a Growth Mindset for Self Improvement”. In the blog, Ross compares a “growth mindset” with a “fixed mindset.” Obviously, a growth perspective would be desirable if we are to reach our full potential. Ross gives some simple tips to help cultivate the growth mindset. Such as, obtaining expert help (coaching), seeking out examples of people around you who are committed to growth, focusing your attention on the effort (not outcome) others have put in to be successful, competing with yourself (past achievements), and learning from previous failures.

    This past week I had a chance to develop my growth mindset by learning from a prior mistake. On Thursday, I had the opportunity to be the guest reader for my son’s second-grade class. I prepared for the event by selecting a couple of books ahead of time and reading them through several times beforehand. The event went well, the children were entertained, and my son was excited to see me. Things did not go as smoothly last year when I read to my son’s first-grade class. At that time, I did not practice reading ahead of time. Honestly, I had not given it much thought. As a result, the children were fidgety and they were not as entertained as they could have been. While I made it through the first experience in one piece, I came away understanding that some practice ahead of time was warranted.

    Does the “growth mindset” come easy for you? What are things you do to create such a mindset?

    Ross, S. 5 Ways to Cultivate a Growth Mindset for Self Improvement. Retrieved from

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    Jerry Jacob

    A “growth mindset,” as Dweck calls it, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a tendency to believe that you can grow.The consequences of believing that intelligence and personality can be developed rather than being immutably engrained traits, Dweck found in her two decades of research with both children and adults, are remarkable.

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