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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What is your state of mind?

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The mindset you enter your day with can help you or hinder you. Do you want a challenge? Or do  you think that failure defines who you are? Do you pick the hardest puzzle on the table, even if you might not be able to do it, because at least you'll learn something new? 

I have recently been reading this book called, "Mindset, the New Psychology of Success." The author discusses how there are two types of mindsets. One is a fixed mind set and one is a growth mindset. 

A fixed mindset leaves you were you are. You don't believe you will grow and your confidence and abilities are linked to being on the top. Your intelligence is a predetermined thing and you cannot change it. 

A growth mindset believes that you can change and move forward no matter what your intelligence is because effort can increase intelligence and ability.  The author quotes Robert Sternberg, "the present day guru of intelligence, writes that the major factor in whether people achieve expertise, "is not in some fixed prior ability, but purposeful engagement." 
Take this short quiz to determine what type of mindset you have, decide if mostly agree or disagree with each statement (Pge 12):

1.     “Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can’t change very much.“

2.     “You can learn new things, but you can’t really change how intelligent you are.”

3.     “No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit.“

4.     “You can always substantially change how intelligent you are. “





Mindset is related to not only what you believe about intelligence but also your personality and character. Answer these statements whether you mostly agree or mostly disagree with each one.



1.” You are a certain kind of person, and there is not much that can be done to really change that.”

2. “No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change substantially.”

3. You can do things differently, but the important parts of who you are can’t really be changed.”

4. “you can always change basic things about the kind of person you are.”



In the first set of questions 1 and 2 are individuals who have more of a fixed-mindset. Where questions 3 and 4 are of the growth mindset. In the second set of questions 1 and 3 are the fixed mind-set questions and 2 and 4 reflect the growth mindset. 

Check back next Monday's blog on a further in-depth look of the mindsets.


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