A GROWTH Mindset vs a FIXED Mindset with Mental Health


KEYNOTES! In this video, you're gonna learn how to tell if you have a growth or fixed mindset. And you're gonna learn how to develop a growth mindset, in regards to mental health.

  • You're also going to learn how having a growth mindset can completely change how you feel about your mental health.
  • Why boredom is such a difficult experience for people? It’s because we all have an innate drive for growth, and knowledge through new experiences. 
  • When we make our lives about growth, almost any difficulty can be for our benefit. But so often we get stuck in our growth because we develop a fixed mindset. 

Carol Dweck the author of Mindset, which this video is based off of, said “in a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. 

  • Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. 

The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset.  A belief that you were either born talented or you were born defective, that your skills are due more to luck, or chance than effort. 

The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset.  A belief that you were either born talented or you were born defective, that your skills are due more to luck, or chance than effort.

So, with a fixed mindset, you may say things like, oh, I'm just bad at math, Or I'm depressed, and there's nothing I can do about it. Or if you see an amazing artist you say she's so talented. 

Just in case you were wondering for an artist to make beautiful art, they have to spend hundreds of hours sketching and practicing. Art is not just a talent, right? With a fixed mindset, feedback is seen as a personal attack, and you often fall into all or nothing thinking, right?

 You think. “Oh, I can either do it, like math or art or I can't. Um, with a fixed mindset, you often care a lot about appearances, right? I need to look smart.

I need to look like I've got it all put together, you know, you're not gonna raise your hand in class and Questions because that could help you learn. But it's too embarrassing because you look a certain way with a fixed mindset.

And with a fixed mindset with mental health you know, a lot of the things I hear are things like I'm never gonna get better. I just have to cope, I just want to feel better, right? 

When it comes to mental health, having a growth mindset is essential. Now because of so much bad pops psychology out there, and some misunderstandings of the research people often believe that if they experience anxiety or depression it is 100% biological. 

That it is a brain chemistry defect or some innate problem with them. With their identity, and that there's nothing they can do to change themselves. But the truth is most people feel stuck because they just don't know how many options they have. How many skills they can develop to improve their mental health.

 Most people have never received any formal education about how to process emotions or how to improve their mental health. I really believe there are about 500 skills to try or resources to use when it comes to treating depression and anxiety, and you shouldn't say Change is hopeless unless you've tried a good number of them.

 Now, just to be clear, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions do have biological contributing factors, right? 

Your biology influences, your mental health, but it only influences it to a degree and there are a whole lot of other things you can do, that can also influence your mental health.

 If you think about problems as an opportunity to learn, it gives you the flexibility to develop new skills to solve old problems. A growth mindset can change the nature of all difficulties. 

So, instead of painful, emotions being negative, they're seen as an opportunity for growth. So a growth mindset says, what can I learn from this? A growth mindset, says, what resources, can I reach out to? it, says, if I put in the effort, I can get better at this.

 So instead of just saying Oh I'm bad at math, I'm not a talented artist, whatever like that right. You say, Oh I haven't learned that math skill yet. I haven't learned that art skill yet. 

And you say if I put an effort, if I ask the right people and get the right skills, I can get better at this. With growth, mindset feedback is seen as an opportunity to grow. 

With a growth mindset, you say, oh I can show my emotions because learning is more important to me than looking good. With a growth mindset you say, Oh, I haven't learned how to do that yet.

You just say, not yet. I'm not there yet, but I'll keep trying. Now, Sometimes I experience huge intense, overwhelming emotions, but when I take a step back from the situation, and I say, well what can I learn from this? Suddenly, everything changes.

As you work to develop a growth mindset in your life, every single problem, every painful emotion, or difficulty that comes up can become a learning opportunity. 

This is a chance to learn a new skill, an opportunity to try to see things differently or to change your perspective. When you see difficulties and imperfections as an opportunity to grow, suddenly how you feel about problems changes.

 How you feel about pain, and emotions changes. So if you feel anxiety and you say, Oh, this is so terrible. Why am I such an anxious person? This will never go away. Thinking that way is Leave you to feel stuck and it shuts down any options to improve. 

Now, if on the other hand, you feel anxiety about a situation you say, well, this is not fun, this is uncomfortable. What can I learn from this? I wonder if there's a skill I can develop that will help with this. I can learn new things” and then your experience changes.

 Maybe the anxiety doesn't go away but you see it as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself or maybe you see your anxiety as a chance to gain more empathy for others who also experience anxiety. 

Looking at emotions with the growth mindset also says, is there something I can learn that may change this for me? So you may ask, hmm. Maybe I can try to learn the skill of biofeedback or sleep hygiene. 

Or maybe I can talk to the doctor about my Medical options. So, a growth mindset leaves you open to improvement and progress instead of stagnating and wallowing.

You can develop a growth mindset. This is a skill that you can learn. And here are a few ways to do this, right? Instead of believing that your emotions are either good or bad or that you are either a good or a bad person.

 Just consider yourself a work in progress. These Emotions and these experiences are an opportunity to learn and grow. And, you know, little skills, practice daily, add up to big improvements, over time. 

So, instead of waiting for your circumstances to change, or wishing your depression or your anxiety would go away, you can actively seek to create a fulfilling life through growth.

 If you believe that you or the way you feel, is unchangeable that belief will undermine your ability to succeed in this course. Your brain has an incredible capacity to learn and grow throughout its lifetime, it's called neuroplasticity. 

So, kids who play the violin for a year, have the music section of their brain physically expand. People, who meditate, get thicker, wiring, in the emotion, regulation part of their brains.

 We all have an immense ability to learn and grow, but if you believe that it's just luck or talent, then you won't be able to get much out of this course. 

Check out the table in the workbook, take the little assessment, and see if you have more of a growth or a fixed mindset.

 Here are a few things you can do to develop a growth mindset;

 Embrace Imperfections don't hide them. See them as an opportunity to grow. Focus on progress, not perfection. Replace the word failure, with not yet.

 As in, I haven't figured out how to be a good listener yet. “Try different learning opportunities. So this course has readings and worksheets and exercises and activities. 

You can also try books and support groups, and therapy and coaching. A fixed mindset says, well, I tried it once, so it's never gonna work. The growth mindset says, well, I tried it once that didn't work. Let's try something else. 

Okay, also Focus More on Your Values. The kind of person you want to be rather than on approval from others. Get good at asking for and receiving feedback and give yourself credit for the effort you put in, not just the outcome. 

And this applies to kids too. So if you have kids and you're thinking about them, there are some really important ways to apply it growth mindset to how you help your kids with their challenges. 

So I'm gonna challenge you as you work through this course, that you push yourself to have a growth mindset, instead of a fixed mindset. 

So instead of just trying to make emotions, go away or consider yourself a failure, just identify the challenge and see what you can learn from it. When you see an emotion with a growth mindset, you can transform your whole experience into one of growth and positivity. Thank you for reading and take care. 

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