Growth mindset is a term liked to a learning theory developed by Dr Carol Dweck who supports the beliefs that every individual can improve intelligence, ability and performance. The opposite mindset, is a fixed mindset, that refers to the beliefs that a person’s talents are set in stone and it is also limited by genes. Years of researches have shown that mindset is malleable as jelly (in reference of the plasticity of our brain). This means that every person can develop a growth mindset developing functional and focused habits.
There are not setted way’s to develop a growth mindset, the path is part of the growth mindset itself. Every brain has different pathways connected to our knowledges, beliefs, life experiences and cultural mindset, ecc, but is possible to start from some basic guidelines.
Four Guidelines to Develop a Growth Mindset
- Set clear and higher level of expectations for yourself. Having high, challenging but realistic expectations of performance is motivating to direct our focus, behaviors and habits toward the direction of your goals.
- Develop habits that empower psychophysical state. Researches have demonstrated that a healthy lifestyle and repetitive activities (such as daily rituals and physical training) leads the adult brain to empower its functionalities and to improve neuro-plasticity (the ability our brain to develop new synapses).
- Learn scientific speed reading. Reading is a complex movement among various visual and mental processes, and research shows that skilled readers already read quickly, averaging 200 to 400 words per minute. Some speed reading techniques offers an additional boost by eliminating the need to make eye movements. Furthermore scientific speed techniques help as default to develop new ways to organize informations in the memory (mental maps).
- Develop new interests. Steve Jobs’s vision for Apple was rooted in the belief that the arts and sciences do not live in isolation, at reverse they complement and rnhance each other and the development of new purposes. This point of view is supported also by Dweck’s research confirming that individuals with a growth mindset have a greater sense of purpose, take ownership over their attitudes and develop new abilities and interest in a virtuous circle.
Author: Cristina Capucci