Resources for Developing a Growth Mindset

Thank you to Ryan Gottfredson for these resources

Success Mindsets

Books

Articles

Videos – Directly on Growth Mindset

Videos – Neuroplasticity

Writing Exercises

  • Identify the skills where you have gone from poor to proficient
  • Identify a time where you took on a challenge, initially failed, yet persisted until you were successful
  • Identify a time where you failed and greatly benefitted from it
  • Identify a time where you failed and failed to learn from it. How could you have handled that better?
  • What growth-minded advice would you say to someone who is struggling with something that doesn’t come naturally?

Discussion

  • Try to describe to someone the difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
  • Try to describe why having a growth mindset is so beneficial and why having a fixed mindset can be so detrimental.
  • With a partner or group, ask and answer:
    •  When was an instance where you or your team had a fixed mindset and how it affected you personally and the broader group?
  • When was an instance where you or your team had a growth mindset and how it affected you personally and the broader group?
    • What changes do we need to make to make it safer for us to fail without fear?
    • What benefits have come from our failures?
    • Are we more concerned about looking good or on learning and growing? What evidence do we have for either?
    • Is our culture fueling more of a fixed mindset or more of a growth mindset?
    • Who is someone that you know that has a fixed mindset? How does that limit them?
    • Who is someone that you know that has a growth mindset? How does that empower them?

Self-Talk

  • Instead of saying, “I can’t do it,” say, “I can’t do it, yet.”
  • I can be brave. I am strong.
  • I can do anything I put my mind to
  • When I ask questions, I learn
  • Mistakes help me improve
  • New things are opportunities for me to learn
  • I can choose to try again
  • Unsuccessful attempts are all part of the process

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Published by D. Jeff Heggie

Father, Husband, Coach & Entrepreneur

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