Growth Mindset


By: Coach Murphy

If you would like a great book to read about mindsets and how they can affect every aspect of your life, then I suggest you pick up a little read by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. titled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

The book dives into two mindsets: the growth and the fixed mindset. Growth minded individuals are those who believe that the qualities we possess (intellectual or physical skills) can be developed through practice and effort. No matter what that skill may be. However, the fixed mindset belongs to individuals who believe that we are preordained with a maximum potential for any one thing. Our abilities are innate and unchangeable.

Best part about the mindsets? They can be changed! Of course, you must choose to do so. While I will not be writing a book report on this, it is a read I highly suggest, I will instead leave you with some daily thoughts that can help progress you towards more of a growth mindset.

Simply asking questions and seeing every thing that happens as an opportunity to learn and become a better human for it (in any capacity) is step one. Here are some simple questions to help drive you towards the growth mindset:

  • What are the opportunities for learning and growth today? For myself? For the people around me?

Formulate a plan to take advantage of these opportunities.

  • When, where, and how will I embark on my plan?

    • How: all the ways I can bring this plan to be and make it work.

    • When/where: set the specifics, generalizing leaves too much to procrastination.

When facing the setbacks and obstacles (because there will be some):

  • When, where, and how will I act on my new plan?

At the end of the day,

  • What do I have to do to maintain and continue the growth?

Growth is important! Not just for the physical body, but the mind as well. Keep challenging your way of thinking every chance you get, much like you do inside the gym.