Futures Magazine Volume 2 September 2020 - Flipbook - Page 13
F U T U R E S
C O N T I N U E D .
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A GROWTH MINDSET?
Think about how feel about school, college or job hunting and look at the table below.
Which one resonates with you more?
Likes a challenge
Avoids a challenge
See’s the benefit of applying
Gives up easiy on hard tasks
effort and working hard
Ignores and avoids feedback
Feels threatened by success of
Resourceful and solution
focused when facing problems
Keeps going despite setbacks
HOW CAN I WORK ON MY MINDSET?
Try not to worry too much if you relate more to a fixed mindset, many of us are drawn
more to this way of thinking, our brains are wired to take the least line of resistance. In
caveman days this way of thinking ensured we remained safe from the clutches of a
sabretooth tiger, or an angry tribesman. Thankfully today, we don’t need to worry about
such fearsome beasts, our challenges are more about navigating modern day stresses
such as, social media, bullying, exam pressures etc., but that’s not to say we can’t re-train
the brain to become more optimistic. Working on building a growth mindset doesn’t
have to be really hard, you can start by implementing one easy strategy into your
everyday routine. Journaling daily using self-coaching questions to reflect on your
attitude to certain tasks or situations can be a helpful way of getting to know yourself
better, but also see where some improvements can be made and note down possible
actions to take next time. Use these questions to help you build a growth mindset;
What task have I done today that has made me think hard?
What helped me to keep going after a setback?
What did I learn today?
How can I apply this learning in the future?
What can I do today for a different outcome?
To counter-act negative thinking, first identify the ones that come up the most and when
they do show up more often, usually it’s because we’re trying something new and feels a
bit scary (the modern-day sabretooth tiger!). Using a simple reframing exercise can really
help to quieten down that negative chatter, the change doesn’t happen overnight, but
the key is to be patient and consistent with it to make a difference to your thinking.
Fixed Mindset Statements
Growth Mindset Reframe
‘I’m useless at this’
‘With practice I will get better’
’This is too hard’
’This is hard but I can ask
someone for help’
‘They are better than I will ever be’
‘They got there through practice‘
‘I will only fail so what’s the point
‘What evidence do I have to
support this? Not trying is failing’