This printable activity sheet will help you learn how to develop a growth mindset at work or school. Yep, this activity builds a growth mindset for kids or adults!
Would you like to have increased motivation and creativity? What about decreased stress, anxiety, and even depression? What if I told you that you could achieve all of that and more simply by learning how to develop a growth mindset?
If you would say “what is growth mindset?” start with the next section where I give a growth mindset definition. If you’re already familiar with growth mindset vs. fixed mindset, and you’re ready to start working on developing a growth mindset for kids or adults, skip down a little bit. I’ve got fix mindset activities, resources, and tips to help you start your journey off right! 🙂
Growth Mindset Definition
What is growth mindset? Growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities and skills can be altered through effort or lack thereof. In other words, let’s say you’re naturally good at basketball. If you had a growth mindset you would believe that through hard work and dedication your basketball skills could be improved. (Alternatively, though less talked about, by not nurturing that ability, your basketball skills could regress.)
While the growth mindset example above pertains to a natural ability (one you’re born with), individuals with a growth mindset believe they can acquire new skills through work over time. In other words, even if you aren’t born being good at something you could become good at it with effort!
Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset
To help you better understand growth mindset, let’s look at growth mindset vs. fixed mindset. Above, I gave a growth mindset definition; a fixed mindset is essentially the opposite of a growth mindset. People with a fixed mindset believe that their abilities are “fixed” (static) and can’t be changed. In other words, if they’re bad at something they will always be bad at it.
How to Develop a Growth Mindset at Work or School
Not sure you have a growth mindset? The good news is that with some effort, you can learn how to develop a growth mindset for kids or adults. You can learn how to develop a growth mindset at work, home, or school. 🙂
Keep in mind that developing a growth mindset will take time and effort. It’s a journey. And if you’re not totally convinced that it’s a journey you want to take, consider some of the benefits of having a growth mindset (according to Times Higher Education):
- Greater comfort with challenges.
- Increased motivation.
- Enhanced brain development across wider ranges of tasks.
- Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Higher performance (such as improved academic performance).
Yep, learning how to develop a growth mindset at work, home, or school can provide all of those benefits!
Growth mindset activities, like the printable worksheet below, are a great way to get started. However, here are some other tips and tricks to use:
- Don’t avoid challenges! Learning how to develop a growth mindset calls for you to change how you view challenges; instead of seeing them as pain points, see challenges as learning and growth opportunities.
- Add the word “yet” to your vocabulary. Remember, with a growth mindset, your skills and abilities are not fixed. So while you may not be good at something right now, it doesn’t mean you will never be good at it!
- Learn to appreciate the journey. If you’re totally focused on the end result or the outcome of a situation, you may only see “success” or “failure” rather than opportunities to learn and grow.
- Pay attention to your self-talk. Negative self-talk can keep you stuck in a fixed mindset. Instead, forgive and encourage yourself! These free printable self-esteem worksheets may help.
Growth Mindset Activities
In this growth mindset activity, you’ll find a series of statements that come from a fixed mindset point of view. In order to help you start thinking from a growth mindset, reframe these sentences. Use the growth mindset definition and tips on how to develop a growth mindset to help you complete this worksheet!
Here are more growth mindset activities and resources to help you:
- Growth mindset quotes
- Printable Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset Activity
- Growth mindset activities
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