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Push That Tush -- A Change of Mind

Monday, September 17, 2012


Professor Carol Dweck has primary research interests in motivation, personality, and development. In her book MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS she explains how a person’s mindset affects their lives.
Some believe their success is based on inherited ability; these are said to have a "FIXED" mindset. Others, who believe their success is based on hard work and learning, are said to have a "GROWTH" mindset. Individuals may not necessarily be aware of their own mindset, but their behavior gives clues to their mindset.

It is especially evident in their reaction to failure.

People with a FIXED-mindset dread failure because it is a negative statement on their basic abilities,
while people with a GROWTH mindset don't mind failure as much because they realize their performance CAN be improved.

These two mindsets play an important role in all aspects of a person's life.
Dweck argues that the GROWTH mindset will allow a person to live a less stressful and more SUCCESSFUL life.

Dweck's definition of fixed and growth mindsets from a 2012 interview: "In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that's that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."

This is important because:
(1) a person with a "GROWTH" mindset is more likely to continue working hard despite setbacks
(2) a person's mindset can be affected by subtle environmental cues.

Bottom Line:
What you tell yourself, and what you allow yourself to believe,
will influence your success in life.
If you think YOU CAN…you can.

Tell Yourself YOU CAN...because the truth IS...YOU CAN

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LOSTLIME 9/27/2012 7:40AM

    thank you for this blog. Good information. emoticon emoticon Let's
keep pushing!

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BEAUTIFULWISH 9/20/2012 10:23AM


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DEBBIEDAY 9/20/2012 6:13AM

    emoticon Yes glad to know I've always had the 'growth mindset'.....we can DO THIS!!! Thanks for the reminder.

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MOMPPCL 9/18/2012 11:37AM

    I read that book and found it very inspirational!

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GABIBEAR 9/17/2012 10:02PM

    How true and way cool! Thanks for the reminder! emoticon

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    I know I can do it. I just have to get my mind in the right place.

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TERRI289 9/17/2012 9:12PM

    As a fellow Zumba instructor says, "Chin up, Chest out, and walk without negativity"!!~

Very encouraging blog...thanks for lighting a fire under our butts on a daily basis!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 9/17/2012 8:56PM

    I can and I will.

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CHACHAOREO 9/17/2012 6:13PM

    I CAN!!!

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CCHEF1 9/17/2012 3:05PM

    This is excellent. Thank you for posting this. It made me think of which of those two mindsets I want to have and the answer is obvious!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/17/2012 1:40PM

  Hi Sheryl.........
Your explanations re: Fixed and Growth mindsets brings back many memories of past students who fit in each of these categories. The limitations put on themselves in the Fixed group were so hard to crack. As a teacher, I was constantly urging them to take more chances or to come up with their own creative challenges, and often it was like pulling teeth! Whereas the students with the Growth mindsets were more relaxed and willing to think outside the box and were much more successful.
I can definitely see how this relates to weight-loss and the willingness to change my lifestyle. It is a work in progress......

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WALLAHALLA 9/17/2012 1:22PM

    Guess I need a shrinking mindset...I've done way too much growing! emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 9/17/2012 12:44PM

    Great blog, thanks emoticon emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/17/2012 10:42AM

    Wow, you just keep doing that motivating! It's amazing how you put these things together. I'd have no idea how to do it. Love it, as usual!

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MEADSBAY 9/17/2012 10:22AM

    I can- I will- I do!

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LABRATIAM 9/17/2012 10:21AM

    emoticon Very nice and so true!

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HELEN_BRU 9/17/2012 9:35AM

    Every day, every day! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/17/2012 9:22AM

    The mind/body connection is just so powerful! HUGS for a wonderful blog.

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SOSIREGIME 9/17/2012 9:02AM

    emoticon to change my mindset! Thank you for the inspiration!

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STRINGI719 9/17/2012 8:57AM

    Your motivation is reaching even beyond SP... I've begun picking a favorite picture every day and posting it to my FB page. Many people have commented!

emoticon for sharing!!!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/17/2012 8:52AM

    Mindset has much to do with success.

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BELTONWALKER67 9/17/2012 8:44AM

    Love these blogs! emoticon

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VALYNN26 9/17/2012 8:42AM

    Great job. Thanks so much for sharing this blog. I too love the ark & the titanic pic. Good point. emoticon

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BESTMEICANBE51 9/17/2012 8:40AM

    LOVE IT !




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    Thank you Sheryl. This is excellent! I definitely want to have a growth mindset. I hate to think this is all there is. I feel capable to make my dreams come true! Have a great week!

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/17/2012 8:39AM

    Important point made: A person's mindset can be affected by subtle environmental clues. Obviously, sometimes the cues are less than subtle and more direct. After receiving negative cues for too long, we often come to believe them. It's not until we get to the bottom line you mention that we can make real progress: if you think YOU can!!! Isn't that awesome?

I can't tell you enough how great the photos are that you use in the blog. Real people just like me!! Fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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CATHGREEN8 9/17/2012 8:33AM

    Thanks! I will take this with me today.

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CHOCOHIPPO 9/17/2012 8:32AM

    I loved this blog. I think I need to adopt a "growth" mindset. I've been mucked up in trying to be perfect. Loved all today's quotes, especially the one about the ark and the titanic!!!1

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TRISTAROSE 9/17/2012 8:31AM

    Great Blog!


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KANOE10 9/17/2012 8:25AM

    Growth mindset is the way to go. We have got to work hard despite upsets.

Gre emoticon t blog.

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DISAPPEARING1 9/17/2012 8:17AM

    Love the ark & titanic one!

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BMW9295 9/17/2012 7:56AM

    This is such a wonderful reminder! We limit ourselves in what we can do... it is all about us and how we choose to change our mind and our body! emoticon

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