Research has shown that it’s never too late to develop a growth mindset about your abilities. The first step is to get in touch with your fixed mindset. We all have some of it tucked away somewhere, and it’s important to acknowledge that. We need to learn to hear that fixed-mindset voice when it speaks to us, saying things like: “You’d be able to do this easily if you were a good teacher,” “You’ll never be as good as that teacher,” and “You’ll never be able to get these students to learn this.”

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The fixed-mindset voice also warns us to keep away from risks: “If you take that risk and it doesn’t work out, you’ll lose status/control/respect.” And it beats us up if we take a risk and it doesn’t work out: “You see, you took a risk and failed; don’t try that again. Stick to what you know.” If we have major setbacks, it really goes to town: “Why not face the facts; you’re just not cut out for this.” So, listen to that voice. Just hear it out and recognize it for what it is. It’s the voice that speaks from a fixed-mindset perspective. Why not form a discussion group and all share your fixed-mindset thoughts? Then you’ll really know you’re not alone.

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