Growth mindset has kind of become the mantra of our little homeschool and my grown up decision of starting a blog. Growth mindset celebrates the process, the effort of learning new things, rather than the outcome. Do we want a positive outcome? Yes, ma’am. But sometimes trying weird, new things, requires taking a risk, maybe even failing.
Failing is scary….
We never set out to get it wrong, right? But if we only tackle projects, assignments, or jobs in which we are guaranteed to succeed we’re not really stretching ourselves at all. Growth mindset says that anyone can do about anything given the appropriate effort and focus. We’re not as smart today as we will always be. We get smarter everyday.
The piece of the growth mindset that really resonates with me is the fact that the stigma of failure is gone. Sometimes getting wrong and screwing up is part of the process of getting it right.
The power of yet….
As a grown up there are lots of things I can’t do….yet. About a year ago I started this blog. I am not a tech savvy person to say the least. I have the computer skills of a small child.
Over the last year I have literally learned one million things, most of which were things I didn’t even know I didn’t know. I have done many things super wrong and very much the hard way, and then done them over again when I know better. It hasn’t been a straight line but I did it!
I love for my kids to get the chance to see people of all ages putting themselves out there and trying new things. Grown ups most certainly do not have the market on having it all figured out.
Here’s the thing I notice about applying this theory to kids. Whether you’re a parent or a teacher it takes work to give your kids these experiences. Providing opportunities for them try all these awesome new things, adjust what they know, and try again doesn’t happen without some effort.
It doesn’t happen without effort but it’s worth it!
Jump in and try….
Is there something you would love to know about but is totally out of your wheel house? Jump in and take one step towards learning about it. Little steps totally count!
I love asking the “What’s the worst thing that can happen question.”
Really, what will happen if you fail? In most cases not too much. Arm yourself with new information or a new strategy and tackle the idea again. That’s progress!
Turn the tables and ask “What happens if I try idea XYZ and it’s something I can do and I’m passionate about and it adds value to my life?” The answer to this one is usually bigger and more exciting- endless possibilities live here! That’s progress.
The growth mindset mantra…..
Growth mindset is more than just a saying or a pretty quote. It’s really how I want to raise my kids. I’ve written more about in other posts. This printable book for kids, this poster and lunchbox notes, this list of books that demonstrate growth mindset, are all free resources to get you started on the growth mindset train.
Also check out these pretty printable growth mindset quotes that are my most visited post ev-ah!
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