When I read through these traits I was struck by a few things.
1. I’m so grateful to know that a fixed mindset doesn’t have to remain FIXED. Think about it? FIXED means unchangeable. WHO POSSIBLY WANTS TO HAVE A BRAIN THAT IS UNCHANGEABLE?
2. I get really tired of people throwing up their hands and saying, “that’s just the way I am, the way I learn, talk and so on…so get used to it”. No. I won’t, because it’s untrue. However, this statement is—we have to believe that change is possible or real growth is way less likely to occur.
Neuroplasticity allows our brains to create new pathways by doing things differently. It isn’t simple, I understand. However, the good news is that meaningful change in our lives is BOTH very difficult AND very possible. One of the growth mindset traits: sees effort as necessary.
“Neuroplasticity refers to the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs.” —http://www.whatisneuroplasticity.com/
“The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile”
― Tal Ben-Shahar
It’s so necessary to feed our brains novel experiences, thoughts and ideas for growth and it sure makes life a helluva lot more interesting. Don’t you think?
Try something new today. Your brain will thank you.