Adopting a positive attitude and growth mindset enhances learning and opens our minds to new ways to raise happiness. According to Carol Dweck, a Stanford University professor who discovered the concept of growth mindset, the attitudes that make up our mindset aren’t as set as we think.
When we have a fixed mindset, we believe basic qualities, like intelligence or talent, are static traits, so we may avoid developing them. When we have a growth mindset, we see ourselves as a work in progress. They believe they can nurture their abilities through dedication and hard work. Their love of learning makes them more motivated, resilient, and successful.
To practice a growth mindset, emphasise what you are learning each time you try something new. Focus on your progress toward a goal and challenge self-limiting assumptions.
“In a Growth Mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than say, oh, I am going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here is a chance to grow.”
– Carol Dweck –