Contributed by Nicole Binney, tLMFT
We are nearly to the end of January already, a time when many people consider the highs and lows of the past year and determine what changes they would like to make for the new year. You may have engaged in conversations about New Year’s resolutions, developed a personal or professional goal for yourself, and you may have already started to work toward meeting some short-term goals. Whether or not you create New Year’s resolutions you can make progress in your life by having a growth mindset.
What is a growth mindset? A growth mindset is a person’s belief that they have the ability to develop through determination and effort, and that intellect and talent are a place to start. A growth mindset also includes a positive believe that growth and change is possible. This way of thinking does not require you to have all of the answers, and it provides no reduction in the possibility of failure. A growth mindset builds on the strengths and abilities you already have.
What happens when you have a growth mindset. When you choose to begin working toward an accomplishment with a growth mindset, you understand that progress takes time. You ask for help when needed. You find others with similar goals to encourage and learn from each other. You understand that you may fail; however, you learn from feedback received and begin again in a new way.
While working toward the invention of the light bulb, Thomas Edison was quoted saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” As you begin this year as someone who sets goals or as someone considering some change, keep a growth mindset. Make one small change toward growth. Learn what works and what doesn’t work. Surround yourself with those who support you. You may not be inventing the light bulb, but your success may be found in the reinventing of your thoughts about growth.