A few days ago, we began to look at the idea of growth, the “G” in our acronym for “GRIT.”
G = Growth, R = Resilient, I = Integrity, and T = Tenacity.
Hopefully, the introduction to this topic led you to want to learn more about having a growth mind set and to ask the question – “how do I develop or enhance a growth mindset in my life?” Great question that I would like to try and help you answer. Here are some suggested steps, taken from some articles from the web (Innerdrive website), that you can take to develop a growth mindset in yourself:
Read (learn more about what a growth mindset is)
- 25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset
- How to Change from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset
- How Your Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Behavior
Appreciate Effort – Focus on the process and effort and not just the end results.
Pursue Learning – Foster a mindset that is focused on learning, development and improvement, and not just on outdoing or outscoring a colleague or classmate.
Try Different Strategies – Ask yourself ‘what could I do differently?‘ This helps you avoid the trap of working hard but repeating the same mistakes.
Ask for Feedback – People with a growth mindset seek out and value feedback more than those with a fixed mindset. Feedback shouldn’t be scary neither should it put you on the defensive because you see it as part of the growth process.
Foster Persistence – The ability to persist and overcome setbacks is a key to GRIT and a life skill that can make the difference between success and failure.
Challenge Yourself – With a growth mindset, you see challenges as part of growth, a chance to stretch yourself and take some risks.
In the next blog on the topic of “GRIT” and specifically “G = Growth” we will take a look at steps we can take as parents to help foster a growth mindset in our children.