Growth Mindset Entering 2021
As we begin to enter 2021, it is the perfect time to reflect on both the positives and the challenges faced this year and therefore what this year has taught us. Our reflections and learnings illuminate what so many spiritual traditions have known for millennia; that discomfort and suffering are a sure path to growth and expansion.
This year brought forward the recognition that we can survive in unexpected/ new ways during what has felt, at times, unsurvivable. Many have noticed that the environment of the past year, filled with urgency and tension, has created a new path for resiliency, creativity and innovation to surface.
By gaining a strong growth mindset entering 2021, we can feel confident about whatever new challenges lie ahead.
A growth mindset is a way of thinking and a belief that you can create a better future for yourself. A growth mindset offers the framework to help you focus on solutions, rather than the problems. You will believe that you are in charge of your own destiny and it will empower you to overcome all the obstacles standing in your way. You have the ability to build upon your weaknesses instead of complaining about any shortcomings.
The use of language is important. Using the word “yet” allows one to see that a possibility still exists, it just has not emerged yet. We often say things like, “I cannot figure out this problem.” Leaving the statement there gives a sense of failure and resignation. Adding the word “yet” and saying, “I cannot figure out this problem yet,” changes the lens and allows for a more optimistic outlook.
Although there is value in reflecting on this “unique” year and hoping for a successful/ positive year ahead, it is important to remain in the present. It is easy to slip into a fixed mindset and focus on outcomes. However we must try to be in the present moment and practice focusing on the experiences, rather than solely the outcomes. Aim to keep yourself grounded and show gratitude for what we have, rather than what we have lost. This act will shift us into a growth mindset that is open to opportunity and joy without fear.
May the new year bring you peace, joy and happiness.