Growth mindset is a buzzword these days. But, what does it actually mean? The answer is simple! It is a way of thinking that prioritizes growth. This can be emotional, mental, or physical growth.
Mindset work means to practice exercises that grow your mindset. Popular forms of mindset work include:
The idea is simple. Yet, there are many misconceptions about mindset work. Some people want to get started but don’t know how. For others, the concept is overwhelming. (Hey, I get it!)
For clarity, let’s tackle three common myths about growth mindset. Time to bust some mindfulness myths!
Myth #1: Adopting a growth mindset is hard!
Changing how you think may seem like a challenging task. The transition from negative thinking can be difficult. However, it’s not impossible.
You see, the brain is a muscle. It’s similar to every other muscle in your body. Why? Because you can train it! Developing a growth mindset is an exercise for your brain. You are training it to think more effectively.
Just like cardio, a little daily practice leads to big changes.
Myth #2: You have to be happy all the time.
These days, there’s lots of pressure to be positive all the time. Good vibes only – am I right? Forcing happiness means ignoring your feelings. Spoiler alert: that’s not healthy!
Having a growth mindset doesn’t mean always being peppy. Instead, it’s about developing self-awareness.
Self-aware people are in tune with their feelings. They don’t need to hide behind a mask. Mindset work teaches you to listen to your inner voice. Don’t stifle your emotions. Embrace them!
Mindset work does bring natural positivity in many ways. Gratitude and affirmations release dopamine in your brain, the pleasure drug that causes happy feelings.
No, you don’t have to pretend to be positive. But a daily mindset practice will increase your positivity!
Myth #3: Mindset work is spiritual.
Some people are very spiritual. But, not everyone has spiritual tendencies. We are all different and can adjust our mindset practices accordingly!
Spiritual people might include prayers, crystals, or astrology in their routine. However, none of these things are mindset essentials. Non-spiritual people can do meaningful mindset work, too!
I always say, “Make your mindset work for you.” Developing a growth mindset is a personal experience. Don’t pressure or stress yourself out! Do what works for you, and don’t worry about anyone else.
How Do I Start a Mindset Practice?
The best time for mindset work is in the morning. It sets the course for a good day! However, choose the time that works best for you.
There are many ways to practice a growth mindset. Here are just a few ideas!
- Take a few minutes to reflect on an affirmation.
- Fill a page with gratitude.
- Write down your goals for the day, week, or month.
- Reflect on what you’re feeling and why.
- Practice mindful breathing.
- Do stream-of-consciousness writing for five minutes.
- Sit still and listen to your inner voice.
Check in with yourself throughout the day. Growth mindset is a continual practice. It’s all about awareness!