How to Develop a Growth Mindset

 In Hero Training

In the training provided with Hero Town Geelong, we emphasise the importance of a growth mindset. Understanding how to cultivate a growth mindset about our personal development is so important that it is an entire module in the hero training program. But what do we mean when we talk about a growth mindset?

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

First, it is important to understand the difference between a grown mindset and a fixed mindset. If we have a fixed mindset about something, it means that we believe we have either an inherent ability or inability to complete that task. For example, since I do not have a natural affinity for playing piano, I may have a fixed mindset about my ability to learn the piano. Because of this fixed mindset, I may be put off from taking any action to learning to play the piano, as I believe that it is impossible from the onset.

A growth mindset, on the other hand, is focused on having an open mind about our ability to learn new skills or to accomplish a task. We can have a fixed mindset about some things, and a growth mindset about others. However, developing a growth mindset means accepting that sometimes we will fail in our journey of learning and mastery.

Failing is the First Step to Growing

The first attempt of anything will never be perfect. Understanding this is the first step to learning and growing. This can sometimes be difficult and frustrating, especially if we do not have a growth mindset about the task at hand. This is why at Hero Town, we rely on a strategy to accepting and learning from our failures by redefining what it means to F.A.I.L.

  • Future
  • Attempt
  • In
  • Learning

In this way, an unsuccessful attempt isn’t a personal flaw, it is simply part of the process to achieving success. The ‘F’ in this model can also stand for ‘Further’, representing that the process to learning can take multiple attempts. Re-framing the connotations of failing helps us to develop our growth mindset. By changing our perception of ourselves and our abilities, we can start to realise that we may be capable of more than we initially thought.

Find Out More in Hero Training

Our Hero Training focuses on developing resilience and a growth mindset so that we can enact positive change for ourselves and in our community. If that sounds like you, then we gladly welcome you to Hero Town. The next Hero Training will be announced soon, so make sure to stay updated!

Steph Downing
Stephanie Downing is the administrative assistant for Hero Town Geelong. Born and raised in Geelong, Australia, Stephanie is a graduate of Deakin University with her Honours degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She adores words of all sorts and is especially infatuated with the medium of poetry and fiction, with publications of her work being featured in magazines such as WORDLY Magazine, Plumwood Mountain Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.
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