September 12


Cultivating a Growth Mindset

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What is a growth mindset and why would you want one? Well, do you remember the last time you played Jenga and felt the anxiety of making sure that tower of wooden blocks didn’t tumble down like a game of emotional dominoes?

Well, if you’ve ever experienced that dreadful feeling, you’ve had a taste of both a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Don’t worry; I promise I won’t turn this blog post into a Jenga strategy guide, but I will dive headfirst into the tantalizing world of cultivating a growth mindset!

Let’s start with the basics. A growth mindset is like the green juice of personal development – it’s all about believing in your ability to change and improve. Imagine you’re the lead character in the movie of your life, and every time you face a challenge, you whip out your superhero cape (or snazzy blazer) and declare, “Fear not, for I am the Master of Adaptation!”

Power up Your Growth Mindset

On the flip side, there’s the fixed mindset – the nemesis of your superhero persona. This mindset likes to rain on your parade by convincing you that your abilities are as unchangeable as a rock in a hard place. Imagine a villain named Dr. Stagnation who thrives on convincing you that learning is like deciphering ancient hieroglyphics with a blindfold on – impossible and frustrating.

But fear not, dear reader! You have the power to switch from Dr. Stagnation’s team to Team Adaptation. It’s all about embracing that growth mindset and turning those moments of wooden block anxiety into opportunities for growth and learning.
So, how do you make this magnificent leap? Well, it’s all about the magic of perspective. Instead of seeing a challenge as a potential disaster (seriously, no one wants to be the reason Jenga blocks go flying), see it as an exciting opportunity to learn and grow.

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Embrace that feeling of uncertainty and tell yourself, “I’m about to unravel a mystery, like a detective in a thrilling novel!” Let’s face it, setbacks happen. Sometimes your Jenga tower crashes, sometimes you burn dinner, and sometimes you accidentally send a text to the wrong person (yikes!). But guess what? These setbacks are not the end of the world; they’re merely plot twists in the epic tale of your life. Instead of wallowing in despair, channel your inner Shakespeare and exclaim, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players!”

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Okay, but how do I actually cultivate this mythical growth mindset?” Don’t worry, I’ve got your back with some actionable tips that will leave you feeling as enlightened as a philosopher sipping tea on a mountaintop.

Tips to Succeed

First, Embrace Your Inner Cheerleader: Imagine you have a mini-you sitting on your shoulder, wearing pom-poms and cheering you on. When self-doubt creeps in, that little cheerleader shouts, “You got this!” Remember, even the best jugglers drop a ball every now and then.

Second, Be the Sherlock of Self-Compassion: When setbacks strike, channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and investigate your thoughts. Instead of blaming yourself for toppling the Jenga tower, be compassionate and remind yourself that you’re human, not an infallible superhero.

Third, Process Over Outcome: Remember, it’s not about whether the Jenga tower stands or falls; it’s about the concentration, skill, and strategy you put into the game. Apply this to life by focusing on the effort you put in, not just the results.

Fourth, Learning is a Superpower: Treat learning like your very own superpower. Every time you learn something new, whether it’s baking a soufflé or mastering a dance move, pat yourself on the back – you’re leveling up!

Fifth, Embrace Challenges: Instead of avoiding challenges like they’re your morning alarm, embrace them like a long-lost friend. Challenges are the best way to flex your mental muscles and show off your growth mindset prowess.

So, there you have it – a crash course (pun intended) in cultivating a growth mindset. Remember, life’s challenges are like the twists and turns in a roller coaster – a thrilling adventure that will leave you feeling exhilarated and craving more. So, the next time you’re faced with a wobbly Jenga tower, just smile, whip out your superhero cape, and confidently declare, “Let the growth begin!”

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Read more articles by Joan Campbell

About the author

After traveling the world with a major airline, Joan, as a trainer coach of the Master Key Experience, helps YOU be the Captain of YOUR life, having fun while building life skills. Click on her offer of the mental diet to start your personal journey.

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