I have talked to you in prior posts about changing your outlook, adjusting your perception, and having an open mind. Spirit has shown us why having positive and healthy thoughts and perceptions in corporation with your individual journey and growth are so valuable.
What if we take it one step further. Take the next step from being open, conscientious of your choices and courteous of your perceptions to a full on growth mindset.
In 2015 Carol Dweck wrote “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
Let’s break it down – Winston Churchill, ahead of his time clearly defined this ideology of a growth mindset when he said, “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”
In society it seems like we celebrate the growth of individuals as they journey through the period of life designated to institutional education. We advance through the grade levels, maybe move on for higher education all in hopes of ascertaining the American dream, others dreams for us and our own goals. But “success is not final”. When we reach our education goal, our life goals, we know that life isn’t over. We continue to grow as individuals and learn lessons throughout life. This evolution of self and development needs to be honored and celebrated equally.
Yet sometimes we hold ourselves back from attempting to reach our goals or self-limit, intentionally or not. We do this because of fear. We have self-limiting behaviors because in our society failure is not seen as a lesson to improve or adapt but as a wall you will never climb. More often not reaching our goals as we defined them becomes a failure in our mind but “failure is not fatal”. Not reaching goals as we defined them happens for so many reasons but is as equally as important as success because there are lessons in every failure. When we look at the failure from the growth mindset of a chance to improve and develop it empowers not depletes an individual.
Last “it is the courage to continue that counts”! This is powerful – courage does not mean we act without fear it means we act despite it, push forward to allow ourselves to continue to grow. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Give yourself grace.
So today the message is one of self-evaluation and evaluation in how we treat others. Do you have a fixed mindset or are you operating within the elements of a growth mindset?
Do you believe that intelligence can be developed? Do you persist in the face of setbacks or embrace challenges? How about seeing effort as a path to ascendency? Will you allow yourself to learn from criticism while seeking inspiration in the success of others? No? Well then, I hope you will start today and allow yourself to become and stop simply being.
Thank you for taking time to read this blog. I am here, sending you inspiration, insight, and strength for what lies ahead in your own self-discovery and connection with Spirit. I hope somewhere between the lines of what I share and do not fully say that you find inspiration and revelations about yourself and your own journey. Please, if so, inspired leave a comment. Your feedback will help me better generate topics suited to you, the reader.
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