Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck is known for her work on what’s called a fixed versus a growth mindset. A growth mindset embraces challenges and sees the opportunity as a chance to improve and grow. It counters the fixed mindset which reinforces the idea that your abilities are set, that they’re not going to change, and whatever happens is the result of those abilities. According to Dweck, “The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.”
What are some things to do with this?
- Embrace failure. See it as a chance to learn and grow. If you miss a rep or fail a weight. If you didn’t lose the weight you wanted or broke resolution were wanted to stick with. It’s a chance to learn and grow. It doesn’t mean you are a failure.
- Take risks. If you’re afraid to fail, you’re less likely to take risks. Why try a heavier, challenging weight if you might not make it? That would prove I wasn’t successful, right? No. Put yourself out there. Take calculated risks that you’re prepared for. Be smart, challenge yourself, and learn from the experience.
- Be kind to yourself. If- when- things get tough, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re learning and growing. You’ve got much to be grateful for. Positive self-talk can go a very long way.
For more check out James Clear’s article about Fixed versus Growth Mindset.