Growth or Fixed…Which one are you????

I have been reading “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

This book looks at people in all walks of life…business, sports, relationships, parents, teachers, coaches, etc.  Are people in each of these walks of life of the growth mindset, the fixed mindset, or both?  I am going to address the differences between growth and fixed mindsets as they relate to sports…

Growth mindset = Great Athletes

Athletes with the growth mindset…

  • “Focus on self-development, self-motivation and responsibility”
  • “Find success in learning and improving, not just winning.”
  • Have “character, heart and the mind of a champion.”
  • Look at setbacks as a way to motivate them to work harder and become better athletes.
  • Are “not constantly trying to prove they are better than others.  Instead, they are constantly trying to improve.”
  • “Look directly at their mistakes, use feedback and alter their strategies accordingly to improve.”
  • “Maintain a healthy sense of confidence.”
  • “Dig deep, face challenges and keep growing.”
  • Believe their “skills can grow with experience and effort.”
  • Ask questions like, “What can I learn from this?  How can I improve?”

Fixed mindset = Star Athletes

Athletes with the fixed mindset…

  • Have “natural” ability and allow their ego to drive their behaviors.
  • Believe they “have to be somebody or they’ll be a nobody.”
  • Allow setbacks to define them.
  • Believe “some people are superior and some people are inferior.”
  • Have a “gargantuan personal ego.
  • “Want to be the only big fish so that when they compare themselves to those around them, they can feel a cut above the rest.”
  • “Refuse to look at their deficiencies” and only focus on what they are good at.
  • Often resort to the key weapons of “blame, excuses and the stifling of critics and rivals” for why they are not at the top.
  • Believe, “My talent defines and validates me.”
  • “Like to use their strengths…to achieve quick, dramatic results, even if…they aren’t developing the new skills they will need later on.”
  • Have a “smug and elitist attitude.”
  • Believe “you either have it or you don’t.”
  • Are “judgmental.”  They constantly judge and critique where they are in their sport often comparing themselves to others, but don’t try to make changes or improvements.

We are human beings…we are not solely of the fixed mindset or the growth mindset.  There are areas of our lives where we tend to think with the fixed mindset and other areas of our lives where we tend to think with the growth mindset.

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Are there sports you always assumed you were bad at?  Is there a sport that came easily to you until you hit a wall?  Where do you incorporate growth mindset into your sport?  How can you incorporate more growth mindset beliefs and behaviors into your sport?

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What Motivates You?

Since my most recent post was about excuses for not completing workouts, I decided the next step is to be more uplifting and motivating. With the Holidays and fewer hours of daylight upon us, I feel as though November should really be Nomotivationember and December should be Didnotgetoffthecouchember.  Stress levels are typically higher and motivation is typically diminished…sometimes obsolete.  Runner’s World recently posted their top “101 Kicks in the Butt” to motivate a person.  The following are things that I do to help motivate me:

  1. Sign up for races and set goals…I find that when I have signed up for my “A race” and set challenging, yet achievable goals, I do a much better job of completing my scheduled workouts.

    Registration confirmation for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2014
    Registration confirmation for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2014
  2. Blogging…I enjoy sharing my journey with others.  The highs, the lows and everything in between.  Knowledge is power…I enjoy learning from others and if others can learn from me, we are all empowered.
  3. Social Media…to stay motivated through the Holidays, I posted on Facebook that, “I will not miss a scheduled workout between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”  By the time Christmas comes around, I’ll be back into a routine and ready to start training for IRONMAN Wisconsin again.  This means early morning workouts as well as workouts after work most days of the week.  Getting back into this routine now will be a good launching point for IRONMAN training 🙂
  4. Posting motivational photos and quotes around the house…I’m not sure what the Iron Hippie thinks of this when he wakes up and sees one posted on the bathroom mirror or refrigerator, but I change them out weekly to mix things up and keep us motivated.      IMG_2371
  5. Books…I enjoy reading books about triathlon, running, mental training, personal autobiographies as they relate to training and racing, etc.  They are inspirational, motivational and help keep me focused (both during training and racing).

    Some of my motivational and inspiring reads...
    Some of my motivational and inspiring reads…
  6. Motivational Money Jar…My husband and I each have a motivational money jar.  How does it work?  If I complete my scheduled workouts for the day, I put a dollar in my jar for each scheduled workout I complete (extra workouts don’t count).  If I miss a workout, the dollar that was supposed to go in my jar goes into the Iron Hippie’s jar.  I would much rather pay myself than him, so let’s get that workout done!!

    Here are our two motivational $ jars.  Our names are on the tops of the jars.
    Here are our two motivational $ jars. Our names are on the tops of the jars.