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Yes, you can change your mindset!

Mindsets are beliefs – beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about yourself, your intelligence, your talents, your personality.  Are these qualities just fixed traits, carved in stone, and that’s that.  Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life?

People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens.  They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that.  If they have a lot they are all set – but if they don’t . . . So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as something that can be developed through their dedication and effort.   Sure they’re happy if they are brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things, not Mozart, Darwin or Michael Jordan, without years of passionate practice and learning.

. . . The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even if (especially if) all is not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times of their lives.

Excerpted from Carol Dweck’s website www.mindsetonline.com.  Carol is the psychologist who is credited with developing most of the research around mindset and its importance in human development.  Effective practice of mindset change, from fixed to growth, creates new neural pathways in the brain and allows people to be immensely more effective in their endeavours. Her website includes online training that you can do. The result could be that you will be a more popular person, inwardedly contented, and much more effective in your personal and other relationships.

For more detailed information on how mindset change could be the engine behind transforming ourselves and our world, visit Andrew Gaines’ Wiki site: http://www.catalysingchange.com.

Here is a website which has a video showing how systems thinking, mindset and social innovation is being used in group learning. http://radicalreinvention.org/


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