Do you believe intelligence is fixed or that you can increase it? What about creative or athletic abilities?
I used to think I believed in growth- until I read Mindset by Carol Dweck. It brought up so many memories of school, from elementary school to engineering. Being praised for how smart I am, instead of how much effort I put into school. And as an A+ student who didn’t need to put in a lot of effort, I loved this way of thinking. Showing everyone that I was brilliant without studying- it seemed like a great situation.
I realized that while I believe in growth for skills I coach around (listening, taking responsibility for your actions, or not acting like a victim), I thought of intelligence as a fixed quantity. After reading Mindset, I’m working to change that.
Go for the challenge
What if you chose to go after what was challenging? If you didn’t care about “failing”? At a coach training this weekend, I decided to go all out with this idea, and it worked better than I could have imagined.
When something sounded hard, I moved toward trying it instead of shying away. I’ve never felt confident negotiating, but I successfully negotiated a prize worth $60 from our trainer! I just as easily could have decided not to participate (it wasn’t required), but by choosing to put myself out there, I gained confidence, learned that I can negotiate, and of course won the prize, which was for something I really wanted.
Do you have a growth mindset? What challenges could you go after for you to grow?
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