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Grit: The Power of Building a Growth Mindset

Developing a growth mindset is crucial to success in every aspect of life. It is the idea that though you may not have a skill, or have not perfected a skill, you can achieve your goals through hard work and perseverance.

There is a stigma among society, and adolescents in particular, that if we are not good at something, we should stay away from it. We don’t want to practice because it is hard and if other people see we can get embarrassed and seem weak.

Changing your way of thinking can be a difficult task, but once you begin to see the difference it can make in your overall success (academics, athletics, etc.), you will be bolstered with the power and confidence to overcome any obstacle.

There are 3 keys to begin developing a growth mindset for your future:

1) Confidence

2) Patience

3) Open-mindedness

Confidence

Patience

Open-mindedness

When we bring together these strategies, we begin to unlock our “grit”. Grit is the fire that burns deep within us that is crucial to reaching our full potential. It is the voice inside that tells you to never give up. A combination of confidence and perseverance, grit is what kicks in when all else is lost. Whether your mentally or physically drained, grit will get you through to the next level and separates the good from the great.

References

Dweck, C. (February, 2006) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Random House

Park, D. (June, 2019) The development of Grit and Growth Mindset During Adolescence. Retrieved from: https://www-sciencedirect-com.ezproxy.humber.ca/science/article/pii/S0022096519303017?via%3Dihub

Tang, X. (May 2019) Building Grit: The longitudinal pathways between mindset, commitment grit and academic outcomes. Retrieved from: https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.humber.ca/docview/2183932061?accountid=11530&pq-origsite=summon

Image — N.A (n.d) Growth Mindset Quotes: 21 Inspiring quotes on the power of persistence. Retrieved from: https://theartofliving.com/growth-mindset-quotes/

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