Making a shift in your mindset can be tough. It is natural for many of us to become “fixed” in our believes therefore it becomes increasingly difficult to see results or achieve our goals. The good news is, you can change this and it’s not rocket science either, two positives right there!
Carol Dweck writes in “a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment” (source). In a fixed mindset, on the contrary, is when we believe we will never change or improve upon certain skills or tasks. Carol Dweck is the Goddess of this mindset theory, an educational researcher who studies how students learn best, how to provide thoughtful feedback and close the achievement gap in schools. As a teacher, I employ many tactics in my classroom that I am going to share with you today. I use these tricks with my students to encourage them and support them in their learning. But what I really aim to do in and out of my classroom, is to inspire people to believe in themselves, and shifting your mindset will have you well on your way to this.
I have failed so many times. Fall down seven times, get up eight. I fail almost every day. But I fail because I try. I embrace failure because I believe that I can do things, incredible things. I believe in myself and my abilities to make a difference in the world. I might not be moving mountains at this time, but I can visualize it and it is a beautiful thing.
I was not always like this. In high school and well into college, I was scared to try new things. I never left my comfort zone. I never willingly failed, because I didn’t want to disappoint others. I believed I was destined for one thing, with one skill set. I had no idea I could grow and develop new skills and talents beyond the ones that were “given” to me.