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What's YOUR Mindset?

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Heather Lippard

on 11 September 2018

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Transcript of What's YOUR Mindset?

Talk to your neighbor:

Are our abilities/talents/skills stable or do they change over time? Why?
What's YOUR Mindset?
Let's see this information in ACTION!
So, now after seeing all of this, let's ask again...
Most of us have an area or 2 that we tend to exhibit fixed mindset tendencies. From your list you made earlier, look at the 2 items you starred. Thinking back to the TED TALK, let's work through a strategy to help you adopt a growth mindset in one of those areas you identified earlier.
Writing Assignment #2: Describe in writing a time when someone (a teacher, parent, friend) praised you for something that you did and it made you uncomfortable. What made you squirm?

THEN, write about a time when you put a lot of effort into something and no one seemed to notice. What do you wish someone had said or done? Why?
Now let's watch this 10-minute TED Talk about Mindset. He provides a good overview of the concept and strategies to help you adopt a growth mindset...
Writing Activity:
Make a list of the things you feel you are good at and some things you aren't. Star 2 items on your "not good list" for our activity later.
Now, let's watch this 5-minute series of clips from someone you may know and may be surprised about his obvious growth mindset.
Activity: Will Smith says skill is only developed by "hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft."

Talk to your neighbor: Think about a time when you worked REALLY, REALLY hard on a project or skill, surprising even yourself with your "grit."

What made you work so hard? Did you ever feel like giving up? What kept you going? How did it turn out? What did you feel when it was all over? Why?

Share with your neighbor.
Which skill/area did you select to work on? Write it down. This is your GOAL.
Step 2: Recognize that you have a choice whether to listen to that voice or not. Choose to recognize it's happening and that you need to TALK BACK in a Growth Mindset Voice.
Step 3: TALK BACK TO THAT VOICE WITH YOUR GROWTH MINDSET! Be specific and direct about your statement here. Be sure to deal with the FIXED VOICE'S comment specifically.
Let's start with my personal example... I actually went through this process when I first learned about this topic and it has changed me for the better.
What are some ways you can ensure that you are working to live the growth mindset? Here are some questions to help you think about that! (Don't worry about answering them for the assignment now)

And remember, any time you are OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, you are growing!
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Your turn!

My Results?
Over a dozen races COMPLETE!
Have gotten friends and family involved, run across Savannah River Bridge, 2 color runs, 4 Krispy Kreme Challenges, 2 superhero races, 5 turkey trots, a gobbler, a turtle trot, among others... LOTS of fun!!!
7 years later, still running!
1818 His mother passed away
1828 His sister dies
1831 Failed business venture
1832 Ran for the State Legislature. Lost.
1832 Lost his job. Not accepted into law school.
1833 Bankrupt.
1834 Ran for State Legislature again. Won.
1835 Fiancee died and he was grief stricken.
1836 Total nervous breakdown and was bedridden for 6 months.
1836 Ran for Speaker of the State Legislature. Lost.
1840 Sought to become Elector. Defeated.
1843 Ran for Congress. Lost.
1846 Ran for Congress again. Won.
1848 Ran for re-election to Congress. Lost.
1849 Sought the job of Land Officer. Didn’t get the job.
1850 His son dies.
1854 Ran for the Senate of the United States. Lost.
1856 Sought the Vice Presidential nomination. Received less than 100 votes.
1858 Ran for the Senate again. Lost again.
1860 Elected President of the United States.
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