Get in the zone for growth

We’ve all heard the adage and research
that our mindset shapes our ability to learn. What is not always easy to pinpoint is how we are getting in our own way. The concept of having a Growth versus Fixed mindset is a valuable tool to stimulate insight.

To give a personal example, my parents had a strong Growth Mindset on physical challenges (we were some of the youngest kids ever to hike the Routeburn track in New Zealand), and learning (my father used to say you can become a global expert on anything in 5 years). Artistic and musical talent however fell into the ‘you either have it or you don’t’ category. It can be surprising to think about the attitudes you grew up with, and how they’re playing out as an adult.Check out the image below and think about an issue you’re working on or struggling with. You might like to ask yourself some of these reflection questions.

  1. Am I veering towards a Growth or a Fixed mindset on this particular issue?
  2. What mindset do I want to adopt now?
  3. What specifically do I need to adjust in my thinking that would give me more of a Growth mindset?
LS-Growth_LargeFor more on the topic check out Carol Dweck, the concept’s author: her TED talk and the powerful animation – how to help every child fulfil their potential.