YOUR Growth Mindset

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. Wouldn’t it be lovely if life was always wonderful and positivity was embedded into your daily life?

You know – it CAN be. It just depends on how you view your life. We choose how we view ourselves, our days, our weeks, our year, our friends, our work, our interactions with strangers. WE choose our reactions to all of this. Approaching life positively will build more positivity throughout your interactions with others AND yourself and allow you to GROW in ways you can’t even imagine right now. You can’t be positive about life and you can’t grow if you don’t start with you. You need to choose to put yourself first and do what you need to do in order to have the road rise up to meet YOU and the wind always at YOUR back and the sun shining warm on YOUR face and the rain falling softly on YOUR fields.

Where do you start if you’re not there yet? How do you change and grow to get to THERE? What do you want to do? Provide for yourself and your family? Become healthy? Exercise for strength and independence? What do you need to do to get there? What obstacles are in your path? How can you remove them? Could your MIND be the obstacle?

Many time the obstacles we face are ones we’ve created for ourselves in our minds. We make excuses on a daily basis as to why we can’t do something…..why we can’t achieve what we want….why we have to stay in the job we are doing…..why we can’t get healthy……why we don’t eat nutritious foods……why we get mad, sad, upsert, etc…..we get into a mindset that brings us down instead of encouraging us to reach for the stars. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do – focus on what you can do and start engaging your mind in a GROWTH mindset. You have to believe in your abilities and believe each and every day that you can develop those abilities and strengthen them through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent = your starting point but what you DO with those is the beginning of YOUR growth mindset.

So how do you develop this type of mindset that will take you to positivity and growth and opportunities that you can’t even imagine yet?

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.
Hiding from your weaknesses means you’ll never overcome them.

2. View challenges as opportunities.
Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement.

3. Try different learning tactics.
There’s no one-size-fits-all model for learning. What works for one person may not work for you. Learn about learning strategies.

4. Follow the research on brain plasticity.
The brain isn’t fixed; the mind shouldn’t be either.

5. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”
When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned.

6. Stop seeking approval.
When you prioritise approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth.

7. Value the process over the end result.
Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.

8. Cultivate a sense of purpose.
Keep the big picture in mind.

9. Celebrate growth with others.
If you truly appreciate growth, you’ll want to share your progress with others.

10. Emphasise growth over speed.
Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes.

11. Reward actions, not traits.
Tell yourself when you are doing something smart, not just being smart.

12. Redefine “genius.”
The myth’s been busted: genius requires hard work, not talent alone.

13. Portray criticism as positive.
You don’t have to use that hackneyed term, “constructive criticism,” but you do have to believe in the concept.

14. Disassociate improvement from failure.
Stop assuming that “room for improvement” translates into failure.

15. Provide regular opportunities for reflection.
Reflect on your learning at least once a day.

16. Place effort before talent.
Hard work should always be rewarded before inherent skill.

17. Highlight the relationship between learning and “brain training.”
The brain is like a muscle that needs to be worked out, just like the body.

18. Cultivate grit.
Students with that extra bit of determination will be more likely to seek approval from themselves rather than others.

19. Abandon the image.
“Naturally smart” sounds just about as believable as “spontaneous generation.” You won’t achieve the image if you’re not ready for the work.

20. Use the word “yet.”
Whenever you are struggling with a task, tell yourself you haven’t mastered it yet.

21. Learn from other people’s mistakes.
It’s not always wise to compare yourself to others, but it is important to realise that humans share the same weaknesses.

22. Make a new goal for every goal accomplished.
You’ll never be done learning. Growth-minded people know how to constantly create new goals to keep themselves stimulated.

23. Take risks in the company of others.
Stop trying to save face all the time and just let yourself goof up now and then. It will make it easier to take risks in the future.

24. Think realistically about time and effort.
It takes time to learn. Don’t expect to master every topic under the sun in one sitting.

25. Take ownership over your attitude.
Once you develop a growth mindset, own it. Acknowledge yourself as someone who possesses a growth mentality and be proud to let it guide you throughout your educational career.

It’s not about how good you ARE – it’s about how good you WANT to BE! Start your journey. Peace.

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May your day be touched
by a bit of Irish luck,
brightened by a song in your heart,
and warmed by the smiles
of the people you love.

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