Motivating Through Mindset

arol Dweck is a Stanford University psychologist.She has been studying success for decades. Alone the way she revealed how powerful mindset is to achievement.
She believes achievement is not the result of talents or abilities, but rather the mindset that supports one’s abilities. She also revealed that students who are gifted are often faced with great challenges. Expectations of continual high achievement create a fear a failure and as a result they often avoid tasks that are challenging. The risk of failure is not worth the possible emotional costs that come with it. As a result they stick to what they are certain others will praise them for in the end.
Praising students for intelligence is not productive praise. In fact, this type of praise has a negative impact on self-esteem. Telling a child you’re proud of them because their smart may actually jeopardize their success.
However, if we guide young people by praising their effort and focus on progress rather than results alone, we are more likely to support their feelings of self-efficacy and confidence in their abilities.
In addition to praising for effort we can also help student shift their understanding of learning. Telling your students or children about neuro-placticity will have positive results. When student know their intelligence is not the result of genetics, that it can actually grow and expand with intentional effort and engagement, you are giving them the gift of progress and ultimately success.
According to Dweck, there are two mind-sets: The fixed mind-set and the growth mindset. Someone with a fixed mindset may say, “I can’t do math. I never have, and I never will.” or “my mom was bad at reading, and that’s why I ‘m not good at it either.”
Someone with a growth mind-set on the other hand, might say, “This math is hard, but I know I can get it if I keep trying.” or “Reading is hard sometimes, but I know if I try it’ll get easier eventually.”
Talent or ability does not determine one’s resilience, a key fact in continual improvement. In order to help young people develop a growth mindset, instead of saying “My students don’t know it.” say “My students don’t know it, YET”.
If you want to read a book about self empowerment and professional development, make time to read Mindset, by Carol Dweck. It will give you a new perspective in your professional life and beyond.


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