Applying growth mindset theory to our lives can be a challenge, but in my opinion, there is no area that it is required more than in young people as they navigate their early experiences of learning and development of their work ethic and self-esteem. Many people with unknown potential limit their education and opportunities due to their mindset being closed. Closed mindsets believe we are only as good as our results. We are capable, only of things “within” our predetermined or established level of competence. In other words, if I’ve been told I’m intelligent, if I’ve been told I’m leadership material and these opinions are the overriding “why” that means I’ll try things, then I am placing a higher level of importance on the views of others about my capabilities rather than my own self-belief, awareness and joy of self-discovery. This is why developing a growth mindset is so important.
Here are three points that are essential for you to introduce more of a growth mindset into your life and those around you.