A growth mindset means that you believe skills can be learned and intelligence can grow. If you are reading this and thinking, of course, anything can be learned...then you have a growth mindset.
A growth mindset allows you to value working at something until you achieve it, knowing that practice leads to success. This mindset has inner self-talk that sounds like, you aren't good at it yet, but you can be if you work at it. In a growth mindset, your inner encourager becomes louder than your inner critic.
The Power of Yet
When you hear yourself thinking a negative or hopeless thought, add the word yet to the thought and feel hope return. Here are some examples:
I'm not good at this, yet.
I don't know the answer, yet.
I'm not confident, yet.
I'm not able to run a 5K, yet.
I'm not a healthy weight, yet.
I didn't get the promotion, yet.
i am not organized, yet.
I don't know how to______, yet.
I can't ______, yet.
I don't have _______, yet.
Science is revealing that our brains are more malleable than once believed. This study of neuroplasticity suggests that our brains can be re-wired by our thoughts. The power of positive thinking continues to become validated by science.
Practicing tools such as The Power of Yet allow our brains to make new neural connections and improve our level of compassion....toward ourself and others. Believe in the potential of yourself and others to improve, learn something new, and grow.
Enjoy experimenting with this hope-giving exercise - I believe that you can do anything you set your mind to do!
If you want to learn more about Growth Mindset, watch this TED talk by Stanford Psychologist, Dr. Carol Dweck who started studying the impact of this on students over 30 years ago.
And if you have little ones (or the mind of a child, which Jesus said was a good thing) then watch this Sesame Street teaching on the power of yet!