Get Your Mind Right

The mind is a powerful tool. It can help you achieve a goal or it can prevent you from reaching your goals. In Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, she identifies two types of mindset – Fixed and Growth. To help better understand each of these mindsets, let’s look at how they can be characterized as they approach five different situations.

Situation Fixed Growth
  • detrimental
  • allow it to define who they are
  • opportunity to learn
  • use it as a data point to compare to and grow from
  • avoid
  • fear of failure
  • going to make them better
  • learn from it
Effort Level
  • only try hard when they know they will do well
  • give up to save their ego
  • give their best no matter what
  • know that their best will gradually get better
  • believe they can’t change
  • defensive
  • blame others
  • know that they get feedback because people care
  • feedback will allow them to improve
Success of Others
  • threatened
  • jealous
  • use it as inspiration
  • look for what they can learn from others success
  • know it doesn’t mean they fail because others succeed

Now what? You cannot change what you are not aware of. The first step is to start listening to your self-talk. Do you recognize any of the traits of a fixed mindset creeping into your self-talk? Do you avoid trying things for fear of failure? Do you take the feedback from others openly?

After listening to your self-talk, did you identify times you expressed fixed mindset characteristics? The good news is, with practice, you can move yourself towards a growth mindset. Just like practicing your snatch or double unders to improve, you can practice a growth mindset. So next time you look at a workout and avoid it because you aren’t “good at X movement.” Stop your negative talk, look at it as an opportunity to improve and get yourself to the gym.

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