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How to develop a growth mindset ๐Ÿชด

How to develop a growth mindset

How to develop a growth mindset –

Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

Did you know that your brain is kind of like a muscle, that can be trained? ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

Psychologists believe that you can actually grow your brain to become smarter, and more successful. ๐ŸŒฑ

This idea is based on a scientific study about rats. ๐Ÿ

The study showed that rats who were given puzzles, grew smarter, bigger brains than rats that didn’t train their brains. ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿง ๐Ÿงฉ

Some scientists believe that if you train your brain to think a certain way, you can:

  • Achieve more ๐Ÿ†
  • Improve your test grades ๐Ÿ…
  • Increase your wellbeing ๐Ÿ’–

This brain training, is called developing a growth mindset.๐Ÿชด

The growth mindset is an idea that was introduced by Carol Dweck in her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (2006). ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿง 

Today we’re going to explain how you can develop a growth mindset, to increase your chances of success. โœจ

What is a growth mindset? ๐Ÿชด

People with a growth mindset:

  • Are adaptable ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
  • Solve problems ๐Ÿค”
  • Love learning ๐Ÿค“
  • Are creative ๐ŸŽจ
  • See things positively โ˜€๏ธ
  • Are strong ๐Ÿ’ช
  • See hard work as important ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Don’t give up ๐Ÿฅ‡
  • Listen to others ๐Ÿ‘‚
  • Are keen to grow and improve themselves ๐Ÿชด

These traits are commonly found and researched in people who are successful. ๐Ÿ†

Working on developing these traits for yourself, can help you to become more successful too. ๐Ÿคฉ

Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset ๐Ÿชด๐Ÿงฑ

The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset. ๐Ÿงฑ

People with a fixed mindset:

  • Give up easily ๐Ÿšช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ
  • Avoid challenging situations ๐Ÿ™ˆ
  • Get jealous of other people ๐Ÿ˜’
  • See hard work as pointless ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • Feel threatened by other people’s success ๐Ÿ†
  • Don’t listen to others ๐Ÿ™‰
  • Think that people can’t change – you’re either good, or bad at things๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ

This type of mindset can reduce your chances of success. ๐Ÿ“‰

Developing a growth mindset can help you to avoid having a fixed mindset, and increase your chances of success. ๐Ÿชด

How to develop a growth mindset ๐Ÿง 

1. See your brain as something you can grow ๐Ÿชด

People with a fixed mindset believe that your intelligence is fixed – you’re either smart, or not smart. โœ…โŒ

If you see your brain as “fixed”, you’re not going to feel motivated to learn and become smarter! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Instead, see your brain as something that can change and grow through experiences, education, and hard work. ๐Ÿชด๐ŸŒฑ

Treat your brain like a muscle, the more we use them the stronger they get. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ’ช

And just like muscles, our brain needs exercise in order to keep growing. ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

2. Get excited to learn ๐Ÿค“

Learning is the best way to grow your brain. ๐Ÿ’ช

Don’t be afraid of learning experiences! ๐Ÿ˜

People with a fixed mindset can often feel intimidated by not knowing things, or being new to learning experiences.

To have a growth mindset, you should search for, and soak up as much learning as you can from the world. ๐Ÿ”Ž๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿงฝ

The more you try to learn, the more intelligent you can become. ๐Ÿค“

You should never avoid trying something new just because you might be bad at it! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Part of having a growth mindset it being good at being bad at things – it’s the only way you can get better! ๐Ÿชœ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

3. View challenges as a good thing ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Naturally we tend to avoid challenging situations, because they feel uncomfortable. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

However, if you’re comfortable, you’re probably not learning anything or improving yourself. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Challenges should always be seen as a chance to learn and improve yourself! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Try and challenge yourself every day to get out of your comfort zone! ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™€๏ธ

Even if you fail, challenging yourself will be an amazing learning experience for your brain. ๐Ÿค“

4. Enjoy the journey ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ

Whilst it’s great to have goals, and things you want to achieve, enjoying the journey is the most important. ๐Ÿž๏ธ

Did you know that a lot of football players quit after finally getting hired by big teams? โšฝ๐Ÿฅ…

This is because they were only motivated by the goal of making the team – they didn’t actually enjoy the everyday challenge of football! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

If you don’t enjoy the journey, it’s a lot harder to achieve your goals. ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

For example, if you have an exam to study for, don’t focus on your grade (the goal). ๐Ÿ†

Focus on making the studying journey fun, to increase your chances of getting a better grade! ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ

If studying is fun, you’re going to be far more motivated to do it regularly. ๐Ÿ’ƒ

If you can find motivation in the everyday challenges you face, you’re far more likely to continue to be successful. ๐Ÿ†

5. Make failure your friend ๐Ÿค—

When you look at someone who is successful, it’s easy to think that they’ve probably never failed at anything. ๐Ÿ…

In reality, people who are successful, usually fail the most! ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Did you know that JK Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series), failed to get her book published 12 times, before someone agreed to publish it? ๐Ÿช„๐Ÿงน

Imagine if she’d given up after failing just once, or even 11 times! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

There would be no Harry Potter! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿช„

How many times would you retry something if you failed? โŒš

Would you redo a test after failing it 12 times? ๐Ÿ”

The more you feel good about failing, the more likely you are to try again, and succeed. ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’–

To have a growth mindset, you should see failure as a good thing, it shows that you’re putting yourself out of your comfort zone, trying new things, and growing your brain. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿชด

6. Pick everyone’s brains ๐Ÿง 

When you’ve got a fixed mindset, you might be scared or annoyed to hear other people’s opinions. ๐Ÿคซ

People with growth mindsets love getting feedback and hearing what other people think, because it helps them to grow. ๐Ÿชด๐ŸŒฑ

7. Don’t be jel – let others inspire you โœจ

When you’ve got a fixed mindset it can be so easy to look at other people’s achievements and get jealous! ๐Ÿ˜’

You might find yourself thinking things like:

“They’re just lucky” ๐Ÿ€

or “They’re so much better than me” ๐ŸŒ 

Having a growth mindset means that you should use other people to inspire you, not to make you feel bad about yourself! ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ™Œ

Instead you should think things like:

“Wow, I’d love to learn from them.” ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

or “I’m going to try and work as hard as them!” ๐Ÿ’ช

You can use other people’s success to help you grow and improve yourself. ๐Ÿชด

8. Embrace your flaws ๐Ÿชž

It can be easy to feel embarrassed where you have flaws, or you’re not good at something.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Having a growth mindset is all about being the best that you can be. ๐ŸŒŸ

If you’re bad at something, great! ๐ŸŽ‰

Flaws are an opportunity to learn – something you can have fun trying to improve. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ“ˆ

Don’t feel guilty for needing to improve yourself. ๐Ÿ’–

Everyone has flaws! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Look for ways that you can improve yourself, to grow your brain and become more successful. ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿชด

9. Don’t give up! – Use the power of “yet”๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ

It can be easy to beat yourself up when you can’t do something. ๐ŸฅŠ

You might find yourself thinking –

“I can’t do this!” ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

or “I’m not good at this”. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Instead of letting yourself feel bad – think this instead! ๐Ÿง 

“I can’t do this — yet!” ๐Ÿ™Œ

or “I’m not good at this — yet!” ๐Ÿ’ช

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – give yourself the space to learn and grow. ๐Ÿชด

You might not be able to do things now, but eventually you will! ๐Ÿ˜

10. Flip your fixed thoughts ๐Ÿ”

Having a “fixed” thoughts can be a huge setback to achieving your goals. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Keep an eye out when you’re thinking “fixed” thoughts, and flip them into something more positive! ๐Ÿ‘€โ˜€๏ธ

For example:

  • “I’m not good at maths.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “I can get better at maths!” โž•โž—
  • “I give up.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “I won’t give up!” ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
  • “I’m amazing at everything.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “There’s always room for improvement!” ๐Ÿชœ๐Ÿ’ƒ
  • “They’re so much smarter than me.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “Wow, their intelligence is inspiring” โœจ
  • “I can’t change.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “I’m going to change!” ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿฆ‹
  • “I don’t understand.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “If I work hard, I’ll be able to understand!” ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿค“
  • “This is difficult.” โžก๏ธโžก๏ธโžก๏ธ “If this is difficult, I’m going to learn so much from it!” ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

You can develop a growth mindset by:

  1. See your brain as something you can grow ๐Ÿชด
  2. Get excited to learn ๐Ÿค“
  3. View challenges as a good thing ๐Ÿ‹๏ธ
  4. Enjoy the journey ๐Ÿ›ค๏ธ
  5. Make failure your friend ๐Ÿค—
  6. Pick everyoneโ€™s brains ๐Ÿง 
  7. Donโ€™t be jel โ€“ let others inspire you โœจ
  8. Embrace your flaws ๐Ÿชž
  9. Donโ€™t give up! โ€“ Use the power of โ€œyetโ€๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ
  10. Flip your fixed thoughts ๐Ÿ”

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