Before I get too far down the blogging road this year, I want to recommend a book I read over the holidays.
It’s called Mindset by Carol S. Dweck.
- If you have ever felt stuck.
- If you have ever felt stopped.
- If you have ever felt dumb.
- If you have ever felt smart.
- If you have ever felt like nothing you do is easy.
- If you have ever felt like everything you do should be easy.
- If you’ve ever been told, “You can’t.”
- If you’ve ever been told, “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
This book is for you.
Check your local library. Seriously.
The Subtitle is The New Psychology of Success
But really it’s an old drink in a new skin.
The author discusses the fixed mindset versus the growth mindset, how the two mindsets impact our lives, and how they influence the lives around us.
All the time, every day, sometimes both grappling for mastery of the moment simultaneously.
Although it’s a generally secular book, while you read it, think: legalism versus grace.
This Book is So Good. How Good Is It?
I’ll tell ya, this book was so intriguing I even read the chapter about sports. Yah, it was that good.
And I even ordered (from the library) a book written by a sports coach who was offered as an example of a growth mindset influencer. Yah, it was that good. It still shocks me. I ordered a book written by a coach. My sports-loving brother-in-law, Jimmy, would be proud.
Influence That Sticks
Even weeks after reading Mindset, I’m seeing the two mindsets (fixed and growth) in a variety of areas in my life. And I’m making some changes, allowing myself to grow.
And even if I only grow a little at a time, at least it’s better than shriveling up and giving up.
It’s Your Turn
- Do you teach children, yours or someone else’s? Are you around other adults? How would having a growth mindset make a difference in the worlds you influence?
- Is it easy to have a growth mindset in the midst of pain? If it’s difficult to offer the “other guy” the benefit of a growth mindset, can you offer it to yourself first?