Life can be tough.
Making positive change is easy.
Or is it?
I spoke to a veteran teacher recently about the idea of making positive changes.
Me: “Change is tough.”
Other Teacher: “It’s just a decision people have to make.”
This was a tough discussion for me.
Change is easy, technically. Instead of A you choose B.
But overcoming entrenched barriers and obstacles takes more than a flick of a switch. Change is harder to overcome if life has been traumatic or decades of obstacles have become entrenched.
Obstacles will always be there. Some will be tougher than others.
That’s where growth mindset comes in.
How you approach the obstacles has a significant impact on your success at getting around them.
The way is set. It’s always been this way. It will always be this way.
“I’ve never done well at ________ (school, love, interviews, tests…) That’s the way it is.”
With a fixed mindset obstacles turn into barriers that become insurmountable.
The past has been set. But it can change. Anything is possible.
“I’ve never done well at ________ (school, love, interviews, tests…) How can I get better?”
With a growth mindset, obstacles turn into puzzles that become possible with perseverance.
It’s true, some people have innate abilities that make (some) tasks or changes easier. And some people have external negative influences that increase the challenges.
But, with a growth mindset, the outcome is a challenge or puzzle that just needs to be navigated for success. Anything is possible. Nelson Mandela said “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Listen to Carol Dweck speak about the power of yet.
Back to my discussion with my teacher colleague…
Change is tough. History can repeat itself unless you make the decision to choose a growth mindset to allow the change to happen.