Do you have a growth mindset? Or do you fear challenge and change?
They are questions I ask students in my COMM8400 Business Communications classes each semester at Conestoga College. As I ask them to take an online quiz, I also log also answer the 20 questions myself.
I encourage you to take the quiz, too. Learn something about your readiness to face life’s challenges. Here’s the link: https://www.idrlabs.com/growth-mindset-fixed-mindset/test.php
My quiz result today: I have a growth mindset with some fixed ideas.
I have some work to do in my personal growth, apparently.
I notice variations in my quiz results, semester to semester. When things are going well, when I’m feeling successful, I remember having a higher growth-mindset score. When life is messier, I’m stressed and struggling, I remember I have a higher fixed-mindset score. I can’t help but note the relationship.
The big takeaway for me after teaching a lesson on Growth Mindset is always “skills and intelligence are malleable,” as Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says.
Encouraging students to develop a growth mindset for personal and career success reminds me to walk the walk myself. It’s always better for a teacher to model the effective strategies that build my personal and business communication skills.
I have control of my life when I decide to take control of my life.
I have the ability to change and learn — and learn and change.
Challenges are a good thing because they’re hard and build my problem-solving mental muscle.
Embracing failure is a powerful way for my best learning opportunities to take root and grow.
What’s your plan to build a Growth Mindset?
To get you started, here are 20 guidelines from PositivePshychology.com to read on your journey.