30 Jan Is All About Mindset!
So, tell me…What’s the first thing you think of as soon as you open your eyes every morning? Is it optimistic, or is it fixed on the idea of ‘just another day’? After an unexpected turn of events in 2020, I believe it proved that mindset does rises above matter, and what better way to start this year with a fresh perspective. Studies have shown that mindset is beneficial not just for patients, but for our daily lifestyles in general. In this blog I will be pointing out what growth mindset, along with some exercises that can help you get over the fixed mindset and start to enjoy life with a new, and renewed perspective.
Most people are familiar with the concept of the placebo effect and what it pertains to. The placebo effect is mostly used on studies, specifically in their control groups, to further differentiate between the actual hypothesis of the study versus the idea of being part of the research directly. In other words, the placebo effect, which stems in part from an individual’s mindset or expectation to heal, triggers distinct brain areas associated with anxiety and pain that activate physiological effects that lead to healing outcomes. On another hand, mindsets can also lead to negative, or “nocebo,” effects. For example, patients have been shown to have a heightened pain response after being informed that an injection will hurt. This is a very straight-forward example on how mindset affects our experiences out there in the world. Interesting, right? Balance is key.
There are two summarized types of mindsets we can go from: fixed and growth mindset. A fixed mindset is one that assumes abilities and understanding are relatively fixed. Those with a fixed mindset may not believe that intelligence can be enhanced, or that you either “have it or you don’t” when it comes to abilities and talents. On the flip side, a growth mindset is ‘the understanding that abilities and understanding can be developed’ (Mindset Works, n.d.). Those with a growth mindset believe that they can get smarter, more intelligent, and more talented through putting in time and effort. The main difference between the two mindsets is the belief in the permanence of intelligence and ability; one views it as very permanent, with little to no room for change in either direction, while the other views it as more changeable, with opportunities for improvement (Ackerman, 2020).
Now, how do we start to approach a growth mindset, let alone apply it? I will be sharing 5 of my favorite ways to start moving towards our new growth mindset. These are:
- Approaching a New Task – It doesn’t have to be something completely new, but at least challenging to say the least. Even within your own scope, but outside of your comfort zone. A growth mindset example for this is having the confidence that you will make it through. Sure, it’s possible that you will make mistakes, but it’s an opportunity for you to learn.
- Building on Failure – Key word here is resilience. No matter how many times you fail, ask yourself: how bad do you want it? Keep applying to that school, keep moving forward, but also be open to learning at the same time.
- Eagerness to Learn – What’s stopping you from learning something new? This is the prime trait to develop and pursue a growth mindset. For example, if you are adopting this mindset, this can change who you wish to spend time with or who you want to let in. That means you’ve evolved, and that’s perfectly fine.
- Openness to Change/Adapt with the Times – We see it all the time, but most of the time we just don’t perceive it as quickly as we should. Examples of this traits applied by big corporations are: Apple, Android, Nike, Microsoft, fast food chains, and many others! They adapt to the times, as well as are open to change no matter the cost.
- Venturing on New Paths – Be free, explore, try new things! Every new path brings experience. Experience broadens our subjective perspective of life.
Hope this space helps YOU transition into this new world, this new year full of blessings waiting for you and your loved ones to be untapped. As always: Stay safe, stay active, stay positive. Power on!
**Book of The Month: Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian (My personal favorite)**
Ackerman, C.E. (2020). Growth Mindset vs. Fixed + Key Takeaways From Dweck’s Book. PositivePsychology.com. Retrieved from: https://positivepsychology.com/growth-mindset-vs-fixed-mindset/.
Ho, L. (2020). 9 Inspiring Growth Mindset Examples to Apply in Your Life. LifeHack. Retrieved from: https://www.lifehack.org/865689/growth-mindset-examples.