‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible!’ – Audrey Hepburn
We’ve all heard that our brains are our most powerful tools so we asked Psychology student Josiane to explain how we might be able to think ourselves clever!
“What is a mindset?
It’s a self-perception. Which is just a fancy term that means a mindset is a belief that people have about themselves.
For example, ‘I’m clever’ or ‘I’m not clever’.
Has a teacher ever set you work in class and you’ve found yourself thinking this is impossible, I’m not clever enough to do that! Then sure enough at the end of the lesson you’re still on the first task and everyone else is on the fourth of fifth activity?
This is an example of how your mindset can hold you back from fulfilling your full potential. By saying negative things about yourself, even if they’re only in your head, you’re less likely to be successful in your task.
What types of mindsets are there?
According to psychologist Carol Dweck there are two types of mindset:
- A fixed mindset
- A growth mindset
Everyone has a mindset – but not everybody knows that they have one…
People with a fixed mindset believe that their qualities (like their intelligence or abilities) are fixed and cannot be changed.
This means that sometimes people with fixed mindsets are more likely to give up.
People with a fixed mindset believe that their qualities can be developed and made better with effort and hard work.
Those with a growth mindset are less likely to give up and achieve their goals.
Can I change a fixed mindset?
Luckily for us, the best thing about our mindsets is that we can change them if we don’t like our current one.
For example, just because you may have had a fixed mindset now doesn’t mean that you can’t develop your attitudes towards yourself and your abilities into a growth mindset.
Why not write some growth mindset statements in the front cover of your exercise books of the subjects you find particular tricky. As corny as this sounds repeating them in your head before doing the task will over time help you.
Instead of “I’m no got at this” say “What am I missing?” or “I give up” say “I’ll try some other strategies I’ve learnt”.
Remember, you are in control of yourself. Anything you want to do is possible – if you believe in it. ”
Wise words there from Josiane! Why not give it a go and think yourself smarter!
Let us know how you get on.