Learning as the Measure

There is a lot to make sense of in the world of professional development – adages that are remarkably simple and yet fundamentally hard to follow. Lessons that we hear time and time again and yet can’t quite get implemented in our own lives. That’s because even though “success is a journey, not a destination” has a nice ring to it, if we’re coming at it with a fixed mindset, Arthur Ashe’s words are not likely to sink in.

Our February book selection is Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. One of the reasons we bring this book into all of our facilitating is because the mindset is malleable. It can CHANGE. This is important, because our mindset – our core beliefs about success and challenges – frames how we face the possibility of our lives.

The two mindsets Dweck presents are:

  1. Fixed mindset: You are a certain kind of person and there’s not much that can be done to change that. Success is the goal and it is bestowed – you have it or you don’t – not earned through effort.
  2. Growth mindset: No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change substantially. The only measure of success is LEARNING –  and to learn, effort is required.

If you’re reading along with us, you’re probably already deciding which mindset you have – and judging it too. Our invitation is not to judge, but to be curious and be aware – keep reading along with us and ask yourself:

When am I in fixed mindset?

When am I in a growth mindset?

Noticing and awareness is the first step. And chances are, throughout the day, you’re in both – perhaps one more than another, which is where the work comes in.

JOURNAL REFLECTION: What did you learn today, or even this morning – about yourself, about your job or your strengths, about the world? Take inventory and make a habit of noticing what you learn over the course of a day – and if you’re not learning anything, be curious about that.

Here is Eric’s take on Belief Trumping Skill, as we continue to explore Mindset.