Hina Palwasha Khan
“You’re in charge of your mind. You can help it grow by using it in the right way.”
– Carol Dweck
Understanding your own intelligence and abilities and believing them to go far beyond what you are born with is termed as what we call a “Growth Mindset Mentality”. As opposed to a “fixed mindset” which assumes that our intelligence, character, and creative abilities are static affirming success as an inherent standard; a “growth mindset,” debates on challenges and failures as a heartening springboard for growth, thus stretching our existing abilities.
Manifesting any of these two mindsets from a very early age, gives shape our life, character, behavior, and our perspective towards success and failure in both professional and personal domains, finally building our capacity for happiness. So, it’s of utmost importance to teach different approaches to the children to acquire this particular mindset can benefit them in a number of ways. This practice can help them become more self-aware, positive, resilient and confident.
In the times when global challenges have become more severe with lots of economic, climate and pandemic wars along with the political and military threats, it’s imperative to help prepare our next generations for such challenges from the very young age. A growth mentality helps children prepares them for failure of any sort, makes them confident in themselves, enhances the power of their decision making, and manages their anxiety when facing difficult situation. With the right tools, a child can be taught to grow out of the crisis and welcome the very next challenge with same courage and perseverance. There is much more to it like, a growth mindset helps in:
1. Increasing their ability to recognize and acknowledge their own strengths.
2. Becoming more resilient thus turning challenges into opportunities.
3. Preparing them to cope better with transitions and learn from them.
4. Developing high emotional intelligence and making them more self-aware
5. Increasing their productivity.
6. Value the learning process than being too much result-oriented.
7. Developing independence, inter-dependence and giving them stronger sense of self
8. Making them able to set goals themselves and develop plans to achieve them.
9. Making them more enthusiastic about the process of learning rather than focusing on the results and panic.
10. Giving them a more positive mindset and outlook towards life, making them smarter and affirmative of success.
But all this can be possible when we will be positive and open ourselves better to our kids. We will have to try our best to understand what our kids are thinking and feeling, through encouraging an open dialogue and reaching out to them. Finally, giving them advise and teaching coping strategies through our response.
However, there’s no rush in it as developing a growth mentality is a slow process and it takes time to learn things first and then teach them to our kids. But all in all, perseverance is the key and essential attribute to the mindset itself.