Cultivating a Growth Mindset


 Cultivating a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is a way of looking at your strengths, abilities, and intelligence. It’s about recognizing that you can improve with effort and work. With a growth mindset, you understand that the process is often more important than the end result—and the most important thing is to keep trying and never give up.

Having a growth mindset doesn't just help you in school or on standardized tests it also helps in life! If you have this type of attitude, then you're more likely to try new things because it's worth an attempt even if they don't work out. You are not afraid to fail because you know that it's part of the process. With a growth mindset, you can knock yourself down many times and then pick yourself back up and try again with a new perspective. You're not afraid to make mistakes, so you're able to learn from them.
I am a firm believer in having a growth mindset! If I have this outlook on life, then I believe that even if I mess up once or twice, I'm going to get up and learn from it! By having this mindset, I don't feel like there is anything out of my reach. Sure lots of times people wish they could do something with all their heart but when faced with these wishes they are never able to fulfill them. I am able to live my life in the moment! I believe that the next step is what's important and you can't do anything if you don't take that first step.
I am proof that anyone can learn a new skill or have a new mindset and it doesn't matter your age or experience. If you want to have a growth mindset then you just have to sit back, listen, and learn from other people. They will be happy to help teach you their secrets.
So if you would like to learn more about how to create a growth mindset, visit this link: How To Create A Growth Mindset Here is an article to read on how having a growth mindset will make your life easier:

Title: How Successful People Look At Failure
Successful people don’t see failure as “the end” of their journey. Instead, they see it as one more experience, one more opportunity to learn how to do something better. Try looking at every mistake you make as a commendation to improve your next attempt – even if it’s something small and insignificant like not being able to tie your shoes in the perfect bow. It’s all about taking the most out of any situation, and it doesn’t matter how small.
"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
The first step to being less afraid of failing is to learn from your mistakes. When you take the time to think about where you went wrong, why something didn't go the way you intended, and what you can do next time to succeed, the fear of failure is replaced by a desire to succeed. 
Just as you can't get better at playing the piano by sitting on your hands and refusing to practice, growth happens through taking action . If you try, fail, and start again, eventually you'll get somewhere. It takes commitment and perseverance. You must be willing to persevere through failure as a means to growth.
I am really lucky to have a great teacher in yoga so that I can practice every day! When I have my lessons with her, she always tells us that we should try something new everyday so that we can become better at doing it. This allows me little successes and failures which are huge in my life. When I am stuck on some pose or movement I tell myself "It's ok" and "you will get it next time". I am learning to live with my failures and learn from them.
One thing that helped me was when my teacher told me to "be like water". Water is very useful and intelligent because it takes the shape of the place that it is in. Water will take whatever shape you put it into without being afraid or breaking unlike ice. At first when I heard this I thought: “That is so easy!” but then eventually I started thinking of how being like water didn't always mean being easy. Sometimes you need to have a hard shell so that people can't hurt you. Other times you need to be soft so that people can care for you, but still hard enough that they won't hurt you.
Title: The Art of Learning
You may not think you are a "learner", but being an apprentice is just as important in developing your expertise as full-blown learning. in his article the writer explains that he learned to procrastinate by reading the Harvard Business Review instead of working, thus learning a delay tactic. When he got cast in a series he had to continue reading the Harvard Business Review and got more advanced while playing his part. He learned how to fake it until you make it but really you have never stopped learning and so did all of us.
Another way to learn how to learn is through mastery. You can master a skill by working on it, and being devoted to your work. Don't worry about failing, because you most likely will. When you do fail in your studies or practice what you have learned will come in handy when it comes down to the wire. So don't be afraid of failing and don't let anything stop you from growing as an individual no matter what you are learning and who's watching!
Title: The Art of Learning
The Art of Learning is an excellent book that everyone can learn from if they want to become more successful, or just improve their lives in general. Although this book is written in a step-by-step format you can use the different chapters like you would be reading an article in a newspaper. Even though I've read this book twice I feel like learning from it again as new ideas are constantly growing on me.
For example: One of the things that I learned from this book is that "If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. Life means action, not just talking about it. It means stepping forward, not staying in the same place. Life is an adventure, an incredible journey. And to live it to the fullest, you have to be willing to experiment."
Title: The Art of Learning
This book is a great tool that teaches you how to learn and how important learning is. In today's world people don't realize how much they don't know and tend not to push themselves out of their comfort zone. This is a huge mistake because no matter how good you are at your job there will always be something new for you to learn...when I say "new" I mean something other than just learning skills that relate to your job.

When I learned how to ride a bike as a kid my neighbor who had been biking for years helped me learn by taking me out around the neighborhood. At first I was nervous and unsure and he took his time with me, not letting me go fast but never stopping until I got it right. When we got home he drove his bike over to ours and showed how he fixed the chain which had been broken the whole time I was learning how to ride. See, even though it seems like he should have just driven me back home next time we went out, he didn't...he took his time with me through each obstacle and taught my body what that new feeling was that came when I did something right.

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