• Kelly Christopher

7 Ways To Unlock The Power Of A Growth Mindset.

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

The international coaching federation invites coaches to "develop and maintain a mindset that is open, curious, flexible" and to be engaged "in ongoing learning and development" as well as "ongoing reflective practice". This is something as a coach I encourage all of my clients to do. For me Life Coaching allows the 'gap' a safe space for reflective thinking a place where we can recalibrate and look at our inner most fears and desires. From reflective thinking we grow and develop we understand our inner most desires and we act on them.

Carol Dweck researcher and author of Mindset: the new psychology of success. states there can be two approaches to learning a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

A fixed Mindset - Takes the approach your qualities are carved in stone, the fixed mindset creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over again. Ego takes over in this mindset and fear of any type of failure can make you shy away from new experiences and challenges for fear of failure - hence moving away from new experiences that could support growth and development.

A growth Mindset - Is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts. Although we all differ as individuals everyone can change and grow through application and experience. This perspective says new skills and competences can be learned through effort and determination, wisdom and intelligence can be developed with each new experience and beliefs and ways of being can evolve.

Reframing also plays an important part in a growth mindset - Failure is not seen as a negative rather "Failure is an opportunity to grow" in a fixed mindset failure is expressed in the negative - failure "is the limit of my abilities".

7 Ways to Cultivate a Growth Mindset:

1) Make it a habit to engage in reflective practice to learn from, and through, your experiences.

2) Shift your thinking by embracing the concept of yet. For example, what do you notice shifting in yourself when you reframe "I can't do this" as "I can't do this—yet"? Or "I don't know _______" to "I don't know _______ yet"?

3) Embrace the concept of 'beginner's mind'—a term from Japanese Zen philosophy that refers to young children whose minds are open to all possibilities. Children are learning new things daily. Try channelling your inner child's curiosity by asking yourself "I wonder what could be possible if I _______?"

4) Become more aware of when you "should all over yourself". This is when you say something like "I should be able to _______". Such a stance is evaluative and somewhat fixed.

5) Shift your focus from challenges to benefits. This means focusing on how you will benefit from less appealing tasks as a way to increase your motivation to do less appealing things.

6)Regularly challenge your biases, assumptions and beliefs.

7) Acknowledge and embrace imperfection. We each have flaws, weirdness and peculiarities that make us uniquely us.

A life coaching perspective will always come from a growth mindset and a good life coach will always encourage the client to see the limiting aspects of a fixed mindset and the freedom of a growth mindset. I encourage you to grow and go beyond your limits by adopting a growth mindset.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I hope you have found it useful.

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