Most often, individuals were coaxed to perform on how they trained their minds to focus on particular goals and objective. Research had revealed that people who had their minds fixed on achieving something devised means of achieving them at whatever cost. A mindset involves developing the mind to function in a certain way, and exploring the many options available. This paper will be endeavoring at expounding on how the growth of the mindset influences behavior, as well as learning and accomplishment in a person’s life.
Contrary to what different persons believe, we can develop our minds until we achieve the intended goal. The mind is not a fixed object and needs to be constantly developed and fed with the right information for it to achieve the intended purpose. According to the reading students whose minds are fixed achieve lesser score. Those whose minds register even the slightest form of growth in their mindsets showed an increment in performance. Having a fixed mindset has to do with the belief that we cannot a achieve something and that our abilities are hindered. In addition, students with a fixed mindset are afraid of growth because it might expose them to their weaknesses. The main point is that the fear of trying and failing inhibits our minds from reaching its capabilities. We are fearful of being criticized because that too, is part of the process of growth. However, studies show that we can achieve three times more if we open our minds to possibilities. Nobody has a mind that cannot grow (Halonen, Jane, and John, 11). Students often think that they cannot perform because they are stupid and therefore make no efforts. The mind can stretch to unlimited lengths and flow with ideas if it is allowed to. Our brains grow every time we equip them with something new or different (Biswas-Diener, 10) Psychologists have argued that just like the body, the mind too benefits from exercise that makes it grow. The exercise entails feeding it with information.
In addition, the process in which we feed our minds with knowledge will determine if we will accomplish growth. Most people do not take the time to comprehend the concept. Students, for instance, memorize concepts and overwork their brains to grasp the material (Dweck, 6). The mind, however, does not need that. Growth is a continuous process that involves the daily journey of learning. It explains why students who memorize a book will never get ahead of those who take the time to understand themes. In addition, we often give up at the slightest indication of failure, which is not good for growth. The growth of the mind involves learning from those failures and making extra efforts towards understanding. We are all born with complex and different abilities. As children, we develop through different patterns because we are not all raised the same way.
Gifted children, however, are constantly curious and ready to embark on all challenges. The curiosity that makes them seek knowledge is what makes them unique. Therefore, we can all have incredibly amazing abilities if we are adequately curious to look for knowledge. Such things make abilities reachable for everybody, regardless of how they were born (Tharp, 6). Most of the famous people did not have much talent when they were children. From the stories told of people like Ben Carson, we can draw examples of how everything can change with the right mindset. His mother insisted that he fed his mind with knowledge on a daily basis. He read many books that saw him improve from a child who was given the common phrase of being “dumb” to one of the most leading surgeons in the United States.
The level of intelligence is dynamic. All kinds of intelligence need to be developed. Intelligence can exist but would remain useless if it is not developed and upgraded. Even artistic intelligence needs to be perfected all the time. We often assume that we cannot do some artistic things because we are not gifted. However, constant practice and the right mindset, which is refined through interest, will ensure that we gain an artistic ability. Studies show that the constant practice can perfect artistic abilities even in the less gifted people. It is so because even the most promising artistic talent is shaped by dedication and constant practice. Aspects such as sports might need very little talent at the end of the day. People like Serena Williams and Magic Johnson have played the respective sports their entire lives, and trained their minds towards positive fulfillment.
Most sportsmen have perfected their art through years of training and hard work. A positive mindset has can withstand stereotypes and positive energies from the society. Often, we face criticism from people who view our dreams and desires to achieve. When we have the right mindset, we can block out all the criticism and achieve what we are focused on (Downing, 210). A fixed mind makes an individual to deviate easily from a course when they are faced with negative reinforcement. A growth in the mindset is essential when we interact and reside in an environment that is full of threats. It gives us the power to continue through a resilient spirit. People with a growth in mindset take initiatives that they deem relevant for success. Having a fixed mindset makes people wait for opportunities.
Many students view the concept of growing their mindset as a theory that was established by people to make them read. Most do not believe in the principles offered by the concept and understand that natural ability and some input determine success. However, the growth of the mindset has been scientifically established in the study of how the brain works. In addition, it existed centuries ago through Greek philosophers such as Aristotle, who sort to establish the origin of knowledge. Therefore, the concept should be embraced for success in all spheres of life.
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