woman viewing city in the distanceFrom InformED — Saga Briggs writes about the importance of developing a growth mindset and offers 25 ways to develop a growth mindset.  Perhaps my favorite is number 20:  “Use the word “yet.”” Instead of saying the “I can’t _____”, say “I can’t _____ yet.”  It completely changes the meaning of the sentence.

These are the first 10 of Saga’s recommendations for building a growth mindset:

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections. Hiding from your weaknesses means you’ll never overcome them.

2. View challenges as opportunities.  Having a growth mindset means relishing opportunities for self-improvement. Learn more about how to fail well.

3. Try different learning tactics.  There’s no one-size-fits-all model for learning. What works for one person may not work for you. Learn about learning strategies.

4. Follow the research on brain plasticity.  The brain isn’t fixed; the mind shouldn’t be either.

5. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”  When you make a mistake or fall short of a goal, you haven’t failed; you’ve learned.

6. Stop seeking approval.  When you prioritise approval over learning, you sacrifice your own potential for growth.

7. Value the process over the end result.  Intelligent people enjoy the learning process, and don’t mind when it continues beyond an expected time frame.

8. Cultivate a sense of purpose.  Dweck’s research also showed that students with a growth mindset had a greater sense of purpose. Keep the big picture in mind.

9. Celebrate growth with others.  If you truly appreciate growth, you’ll want to share your progress with others.

10. Emphasise growth over speed.  Learning fast isn’t the same as learning well, and learning well sometimes requires allowing time for mistakes….”

For more, read the full story at 25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset