Your Mindset Matters

fixed mindset growth mindset mindset mindset coach Feb 24, 2020

Do you know what mindset means?⁣⁣
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Everyone is a “mindset coach” these days.⁣⁣
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Mindset has become such a marketing buzzword, I truly wonder how many people can even define it?⁣⁣
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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.⁣⁣
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Of those that DID respond, no one was incorrect.⁣ 👏⁣
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✏️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.⁣⁣
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Carol Dweck popularized mindset theory in the scientific literature (this is what I spent my PhD studying)⁣⁣
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With this theory, mindset is defined on a continuum from FIXED to GROWTH regarding how you view your own abilities, skills, & attributes⁣⁣
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Meaning, you don’t have to be 100% in either fixed or growth (surprise, gray area exists here too)⁣⁣
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And, you can have a growth mindset about one thing (eg cooking skills), but fixed with something else (eg weight loss)⁣⁣
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📊 We know from countless studies that having a growth mindset is predictive of success in many areas, including weight loss (Burnette et al., 2012)⁣⁣
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📊 For exercise and healthy eating, having a growth mindset = doing more of these healthy behaviors (Orvidas et al, 2018; Ehrlinger et al., 2017)⁣⁣
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Often times you might not even KNOW it’s your growth mindset that’s holding you back.⁣⁣
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The first step to growth is recognizing your fixed tendencies, then you can make moves to change them 🧠✨ (and YES, you can change)⁣⁣