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Principles of Growth Mindset

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Learn more about the principles of the Growth Mindset at our mindset workshops.

Growth Mindset is one of the most exciting and powerful concepts in modern psychology. It’s a way of embracing the challenge and thinking about it your body and brain respond to the challenge in a way to optimize your performance.

Five Principles of Growth Mindset

1. The “Not Yet” Concept” is based on brain neuroplasticity.

Although our brains do not grow physically, they can change and evolve. Our brains develop new neural networks whenever we learn something new or challenge ourselves.

Qualities and abilities can be developed through effort. Our intelligence is not limited.

Instead of “I’m not smart enough to solve it” reframe it as “I just have not solved it yet.” If we use the “not yet” we know we’re still on a learning curve, and we still have a path into the future.

2. Embrace challenge. Learn from mistakes.

Taking a chance can mean taking a risk for unknown outcomes. Fear of failure often forces us to avoid challenges, but failure itself presents some of our greatest learning opportunities.

Failure doesn’t define us. Failure teaches you how important it is to follow directions or ask for help when confused.

People fail all the time. We shall always remember that we’re not a failure until we start to assign blame to our mistakes.

3. Price the effort not the outcome. Learn the power of deliberate practice.

Reward yourself and others on effort!

Don’t reward the person, reward the effort. See effort as a path to mastery.

Control what we can control, and what we can really control is our level of persistence and our efforts. We can’t control our emotions.

Where we place your attention and where we place your effort is totally up to us.

No one can make out effort for us and no one can direct our attention for us.

4. Bounce back after less-than-ideal performance.

Persist in the face of setbacks.

 Setbacks don’t mean we don’t belong. They only mean we’re still learning and growing. The trick is to keep trying until we succeed.

People with a growth mindset don’t seek challenge they thrive on it.

5. Embrace criticism. Learn from mistakes.

Especially if you are a boy. Research says that boys get eight times more criticism than girls. We all should approach criticism like it’s a learning opportunity.

The fixed mindset people run from error. They don’t engage with it. If they fail a test, they will probably cheat the next time instead of studying more.

 The fixed mindset creates an internal monologue that is focused on judging.

People with a growth mindset are also monitoring what’s going on, but their internal monologue is not about judging. They are attuned to learning and constructive action: What can I learn from this? How can I improve?

Those are the five main principles of a growth mindset, but we shall always remember what the author of the theory Carol Dweck claims. She says that we are all a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets. We can have different mindsets in different areas.


Fixed Mindset = Look smart at all costs

Growth Mindset = Learn at all costs