Begin 2021, by Transforming Your Mindset

Jan, 19 2021

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As you gear up to start the Spring semester, now is a great time to elevate your mindset and change the way you think. The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to create new hurdles and change how we live, think, and learn. Fortunately, you can train your mind to view these new challenges as opportunities by adopting a growth mindset to thrive in your education, career, and life. Cultivating a growth mindset should be at the top of the to-do list for everyone in 2021.

A growth mindset is a view that empowers you to believe that anything is possible through hard work and dedication. According to Carol Dwek, a growth mindset allows you to view challenges and failures as possibilities to evolve and learn. People who have growth mindsets become more resilient and can accomplish more because of their perspective change. Hard work and persistence will help us reach our goals, but your mentality and attitude are equally important. A person with a growth mindset will look at a problem and ask themselves how it can benefit them. 

Developing a growth mindset does not happen overnight, so we put together pointers to encourage your mind to believe that you can learn and achieve anything. 

Be okay with not knowing everything – Not understanding a subject or knowing how to be successful in everything you do can be frustrating. Still, a growth mindset is about turning everything into a learning opportunity. No matter how hard a situation may get, there is always a possibility to improve your abilities. This year is a chance to learn about your needs, weaknesses, and strengths. 

Focus on the steps that lead you to accomplishments – When working toward a goal, there will be times when your outcomes are not what you expected. Focusing on the process that brings your desired results will help you shift your focus toward new actions and abilities required to succeed in the future. 

Embrace imperfections – Perfection is the enemy of growth: No one is perfect. Focusing on perfection keeps your brain from adapting to changes and learning. By embracing your weaknesses and recognizing your imperfections, you can learn to overcome your weaknesses, flaws, and mistakes. 

Be kind to yourself – Make sure to pay close attention to what you say and think. You can shift your mindset by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, avoiding negative self-talk, and being compassionate to yourself. If you make mistakes or fail, always imply you are in the process of learning. Substitute phrases like "I don't know how to do that" with "I have not learned how to do that yet," or replace "I failed" to "I am learning." 

Set constant and realistic goals – Understanding the effort it will take to make a realistic and achievable goal helps you set yourself up for success. Create precise goals with realistic timelines and consider every single step it takes to achieve them. You can also keep yourself moving forward by always having a list of future projects or goals. Once you accomplish one, have another ready to pursue. 

Take on new projects – If you step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, you can develop grit, curiosity, and perseverance to better your performance. Set high expectations for yourself as you learn and continually ask for feedback to encourage a mindset focused on development and growth.


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