So what is a Growth Mindset?
In a growth mindset, people believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. When people have the belief their basic qualities can be developed, failure still hurts, but they know those failures don't define you. The Growth Mindset attitude and focus creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for accomplishment. Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. In our schools and businesses, we have a huge responsibility to teach knowledge to achieve the increasingly demanding examination results and achieve highly ambitious targets, but other factors, such as resilience, confidence, integrity and empathy also have a profound impact on our success. It is crucial to encourage and embed positive attitudes and behaviours by modelling them everyday to whomever we meet.
Embracing the Growth Mindset provides adults and children with the mental tools to develop a more growth orientated approach towards learning, as well as a more positive approach to any given situation. We have seen, as children and adults make a mindset move, they become more intrinsically motivated and become determined and more resilient to deal with problems and setbacks that arise, thus reducing the levels of anxiety and stress felt. This, in the long term, can prevent the onset of mental illness later in life. Knowing that your ability can be developed through hard work, effort, persistence, good strategies and seeking feedback, opens opportunities to all learners, plus the power of knowing you can improve, impacts enormously on our mental attitude, self-belief and focus.