What is a Growth Mindset?
"The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it's not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives." ~ Carol Dweck
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Set Your Brain Up for Success?
“Growth mindset” has been bandied around for years, but what does it really mean? Is it really that life-changing?
Scientists have proven that our thoughts and practicing new ways of thinking can reshape our brains. This breakthrough has transformed our understanding of how we can change habits, increase happiness, improve health and even our genetics!
It’s All in the Mindset…A Growth Mindset
The human brain is estimated to have 100 billion neurons making a total of 100 trillion neural connections. These neural connections are like hiking trails. Just as a path becomes well-worn every time a hiker walks on it, every thought and feeling you have strengthens specific neural pathways. Similarly, when we actively examine our mistakes, we create new neural pathways that physically change our brain and mentally alter our attitudes towards failure. Cultivating a growth mindset can determine how we cope with life’s challenges. Setbacks, mistakes and failures are all opportunities for do-overs; to look at challenges from a fresh perspective.
When it comes to therapy, we often have to check our preconceptions at the door and begin to look at our needs from a new angle. With a growth mindset, therapeutic intervention is a chance to grow rather than a stigma.
Dweck. C.S. (2007). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.