Developing a Growth Mindset

Jan 10, 2024

5 Key Questions and Growth Mindset Statements

Scientists have proven that the brain acts like a muscle – the more it is used, the stronger (and smarter) the brain becomes.  Growth mindset is the belief that a person’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, dedication, and motivation. A growth mindset can be developed by continually asking the following on any given day:

  1. What did I learn from today’s experiences?
  2. What steps did I take to make me successful today?
  3. What are some different things I could have done?
  4. How did I keep going when things got tough?
  5. What can I learn from someone who went against me today?

Opposite of a fixed mindset (avoiding challenges, ignoring feedback, being threatened by other people’s success), someone with a growth mindset:

  • Embraces challenges
  • Gives their best effort
  • Learns from feedback
  • Becomes inspired by other people’s success
  • Believes their intelligence can change if they work hard

By having a growth mindset, you believe you are in control of your own ability and can learn and improve.  This is the key to a more successful and productive life.  It starts within yourself, believing in yourself, and knowing you are worthy of growth.

Example of Growth Mindset Statements

  • Let me try another way
  • I can always improve
  • I’m going to try my best
  • My skills will grow over time
  • I refuse to give up on myself
  • I can train my brain
  • I accept this challenge
  • Mistakes help me learn better

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