Your Mindset MattersFeb 24, 2020
Do you know what mindset means?
Everyone is a “mindset coach” these days.
Mindset has become such a marketing buzzword, I truly wonder how many people can even define it?
So I asked you guys yesterday, and got only a few responses...
leading me to believe maybe you’re not sure how to put a definition to this seemingly abstract concept.
Of those that DID respond, no one was incorrect. 👏
✏️In the most broad terms:
your mindset is the lens through which you interpret and make sense of situations. Through this lens you make decisions, form habits, thought patterns, and belief systems.
Carol Dweck popularized mindset theory in the scientific literature (this is what I spent my PhD studying)
With this theory, mindset is defined on a continuum from FIXED to GROWTH regarding how you view your own abilities, skills, & attributes
Meaning, you don’t have to be 100% in either fixed or growth (surprise, gray area exists here too)
And, you can have a growth mindset about one thing (eg cooking skills), but fixed with something else (eg weight loss)
📊 We know from countless studies that having a growth mindset is predictive of success in many areas, including weight loss (Burnette et al., 2012)
📊 For exercise and healthy eating, having a growth mindset = doing more of these healthy behaviors (Orvidas et al, 2018; Ehrlinger et al., 2017)
Often times you might not even KNOW it’s your growth mindset that’s holding you back.
The first step to growth is recognizing your fixed tendencies, then you can make moves to change them 🧠✨ (and YES, you can change)