Adopt a Growth Mindset

Life Design exercises raise your awareness of your skills, strengths and weaknesses. Therefore it is paramount that you understand that these are not fixed traits. They can all be developed.

The easiest way to describe a growth mindset is to compare it with its counterpart, the 'Fixed Mindset'. Somebody with a fixed mindset believes that their skills and abilities are set in stone.

A common statement somebody with this mindset may make is 'I am rubbish at maths and I'll always be rubbish at maths'. Believing that you have weaknesses that cannot be addressed is unproductive. With a fixed mindset, you're more likely to avoid challenges as you'll fear that you will fail. You are more likely to choose subjects that you do well at rather than subjects that you enjoy. When presenting your ideas, you're more likely to take criticism of your ideas personally and it may knock you back.

Growth Mindsets

With a growth mindset you believe that your skills, abilities and weaknesses can all be developed. You embrace challenges and view them as opportunities to learn new skills and improve existing skills. You are not afraid of failure. When somebody with a growth mindset has their ideas criticised they are able to be objective and respond positively to the feedback, using it as fuel to motivate them to do better in the future.

Presenter Tips:

It's important that you recognize that your attributes, skills and abilities can all be developed over time. By introducing this topic during a Life Design workshop, you ensure that students are mindful that they are creating a snapshot of where they are now and not a permanent description that will define them for the rest of their lives.

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