“Mindset change is not about picking up a few pointers here and there. It’s about seeing things in a new way. When people…change to a growth mindset, they change from a judge-and-be-judged framework to a learn-and-help-learn framework. Their commitment is to growth, and growth take plenty of time, effort, and mutual support.”,
Carol S. Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Growth mindset and brainology is an educational project that was instituted by Professor Carol Dweck and made her famous for. This is particularly designed to help students break all boundaries and limits set by negative learning perspectives, while also instilling self-confidence in them.
The contribution of Dweck’s research to social psychology is enormous: she explains implicit theories of intelligence, explains the causes of them being affected by subtle environmental cues, how it shapes your mentality towards your abilities, and at last it controls the way you lead and experience your life.
Carol Dweck and her brainology article
In the brainology article Carol Dweck wrote, she claims that “Many students believe that intelligence is fixed, that each person has a certain amount and that’s that. We call this a fixed mindset, and, as you will see, students with this mindset worry about how much of this fixed intelligence they possess. A fixed mindset makes challenges threatening for students (because they believe that their fixed ability may not be up to the task) and it makes mistakes and failures demoralizing (because they believe that such setbacks reflect badly on their level of fixed intelligence).
Other students believe that intelligence is something that can be cultivated through effort and education. They don’t necessarily believe that everyone has the same abilities, but they do believe that everyone can improve their abilities.
In short, students with this growth mindset believe that intelligence is a potential that can be realized through learning. As a result, confronting challenges, profiting from mistakes, and persevering in the face of setbacks become ways of getting smarter.”
Dweck goes on to explain through her research of following the academic progress of seventh graders how these two mindsets are created, where different thinking and decisions we make in life come from, if the mindset has influence on our lives and whether we can change the way of thinking. According to Dweck,- it turns out that we can change our mindsets to have a growth mindset if we are aware of the mindset we have now. This can help us to be more successful, teach us of challenging ourselves to reach new heights, never give up and motivate us to do more so to enhance our intelligence.
Of course, having a growth mindset encourages learning and effort. If you truly believe you can improve at something, you will be much more driven to learn and practice.
So how can you build up and support a growth mindset and attitude?
Having a growth attitude is not something conceptual or something no one but others can have. It’s an incredible inverse: there are particular things you can do each day to sustain a development attitude.
- Gain some new useful knowledge consistently.
- Be boundless in exploring new things.
- Encircle yourself with “growth oriented” individuals.
- Change your perspective of accomplishment.
- Change your comprehension of disappointment.
It can be anything, from finding out about how things work, watch educational shows and series, keep on track on news on TV, read as much books as you can (the topic’s variety can be very beneficial here), take part in scientific workshops, seminar or conferences. Get your spare time booked for useful stuff, train your brain, develop yourself and improve each day.
Find the activity which would fully engage you. It can be additional classes at school you have never tried before, some online lectures on the topics you are interested in to get yourself assigned to, or hobby sections you might attend with people who share the same interests and have minds alike. Such involvement will bring you to the point of exploring new things and broaden up your horizons in discovering something new and exciting.
Having people shared the interests of yours would inspire you in doing the things you might be struggling with, you could rely on their help in achieving something you were not able to do previously.
Sometimes we are desperately trying to accomplish something and achieve great results, but in the end, we don’t feel that we are happy with what we have, we are not sure if we receive the satisfaction in the end of the process. Well… Sometimes it is not about the achievements itself, but it is about the process of getting thing done. Our advice is, instead of believing that achievement is being the best, consider achievement putting forth a valiant effort, and dependably concentrate on enhancing the way you do your work and deal with your self-awareness.
Instead of seeing your disappointments as affirmation of your powerlessness to accomplish something, see a disappointment as a mishap: it can propel, enlightening, even a reminder.
The writing of Carol Dweck is very interesting and leaves impression that educating yourself and training your brain is worth trying as our brain capacity is limitless. While reading her work, you can discover how we embrace a specific attitude about our capacities ahead of schedule in life because of messages we get from our condition, guardians, and instructors. So read it, enjoy it and give it a try!