I was listening an interview the other day with Carol Dweck and she was talking about what a difference in student performance she has seen using the growth mindset. She points out that each of us have either a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. Belief that you can improve your grades and performance is one of the key components of a growth mindset. Being the most talented person in the class can open some doors to success but it is not the end all. Carol Dweck of Stanford University has done 20 years worth of research discovering how elastic our brains are and how a fixed mindset has traditionally been preferred but now her studies and research show that the growth mindset better predicts how we will perform and at what level we can achieve in all areas of our lives. We all want to have a mindset for success but often it is counterintuitive to practice.
Our brains are much more elastic and capable of being rewired and is constantly growing new neural pathways. IQ and talent are not predetermined and fixed, but can be changed by attitude and environment. Turns out that a growth mindset has to with having an internal confidence that new skills and abilities can be developed with a new focus and mind shift. If we apply growth mindset to ourselves as adults then we open ourselves up to learn from each other and grow stronger together.
As one person has said: “Attitude is everything, and everything is attitude.” Improving our attitude and being positive about growth will change our lives and rewire our brains. When one takes on a positive mental attitude and interacts with the world, the people around us will respond with a positive response and it will lead to a happier more successful life.