Welcome to our latest learning feature answering the question, How do you encourage a child’s growth mindset?
Replace “failing” with “learning”
Failure does not equate to inability. It is an integral part of learning and growth. It is an opportunity to experiment with different approaches and build new skills, leading to successful performance and creativity.
Incorporate “yet” into the narrative
Research led by Carol Dweck found that incorporating “yet” into our vocabulary signals that despite the struggles or challenges, we can succeed in anything we put effort into(2). Whenever you catch yourself thinking “I’m not very good at this” add the word “yet” after.
Appreciate the journey
Seeing the value in your journey is important to cultivate a growth mindset. Focussing only on the results and outcomes of a task leads us to miss out on valuable learning moments.
Ask for constructive feedback
Proactively seek feedback from a variety of sources to develop a growth mindset. This helps you gain awareness of your blind spots as well as tweak or change your approach to achieve better performance.
Commit to an “always learning mindset”
People with a growth mindset enjoy challenges, and continuously strive to learn and develop new skills. Be proactive about seizing opportunities to learn and network. This will help you get outside of your comfort zone, and build new skills that help you achieve your goals.