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Mindset Refresh: Growing into Summer

Updated: Jul 6

As July comes and marks the halfway point of the year, we are using it as an opportunity to lean into a growth mindset. We are asking ourselves what we could accomplish over the next six months if we embrace a little more curiosity and a little more discomfort. The concept of the growth mindset comes from the understanding that our brains are wired for change. This means that we are able to improve our skills and adapt to different circumstances. There are always going to be aspects of our lives when we can lean into growth, and where we shy away. Many times opportunities for growth can even be uncomfortable, but there are tools that us help us embrace it.

You've probably noticed this yourself - we often fall into one of two mindsets: fixed or growth.

  • A fixed mindset sees qualities like talent and knowledge as fixed and unchangeable. Failure is seen as a big no-no - avoid it!

  • A growth mindset believes that the qualities can be developed. Talent can be learned, and knowledge can be gained through effort. You're in control of your abilities.

For instance, imagine you're having a performance review at work and receiving constructive feedback.

  • A growth mindset says “this feedback will help me get better” and is curious about how to integrate it.

  • While a fixed mindset says “that person is just mean” and sees the input as a threat to their position.

Growth mindset workshop

This month, why not challenge yourself to seek out opportunities for growth? It could be something smaller like tweaking your morning routine to give yourself a breather before the day kicks in, asking for feedback on how a task could have been better executed, or something bigger like taking on a new role or allowing yourself to try something new in spite of a fear of failure.

When recognizing moments for growth, it helps to reflect on a few aspects:

  • What is the story I tell myself about success or failure?

  • What can the impact be of success?

  • Where do I find support in my community?

  • How can I practice self-compassion if challenges arise?

Shortcomings and failures happen to everyone, regardless of their mindset. The key difference lies in how we respond and how much discomfort we allow ourselves to feel. With a growth mindset, failures don't define you; they're just a snapshot of your performance at a particular moment in time. A growth mindset whispers, "I'm not there yet," and embraces setbacks with curiosity and self-compassion.

This mindset can help you steer clear of shame spirals and self-pity, boosting your self-esteem, and enabling you to find joy in your journey. 


Tess & Julie

Additional Resources:

There are so many resources out there on this topic - and we've linked some that we've found particularly impactful.

Carol Dweck Podcast on Mindset:

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