This week, I chose the challenge of growth beyond school. This was very fitting for my recent journey, as I’ve been maintaining a growth mindset in school, but failing to keep one outside of school (work specifically). One reason I really like this extra credit assignment is because it makes me sit back and think. I feel so swamped sometimes that I have no time to even think about anything outside of school, much less approach scenarios and fix them.
My challenge is to make a huge adjustment at work. I need to quit thinking about all of the negatives that I sometimes get too involved in at work, and focus on the positives. I’m happy to change things at work, and work harder to ALWAYS keep a growth mindset in any situation. If there’s problems at work, I want to understand and fix the problem to better myself and those around me. Having a growth mindset at work is very important, as it can change the way that my personal life is. If I’m able to continually have such a good mindset, than the possibilities are limitless. It’s all about how I interpret things, and my actions that follow.
Image one: Work Harder accessed from Pexels.
Reflecting back from the beginning of the semester I think I have strayed from where I want to be in my mindset. I think having a growth mindset is very important, especially at this stage in life. My strengths in this class were getting things done early, until the past couple of weeks. I enjoy this class, so it frustrates me when I don’t give myself enough time to really enjoy the reading/writing. However, it seems that my strength has been turned into my weakness the past couple of weeks, as I have found it hard to complete all of the required assignments for the week. I plan to change things around the next half of the semester, and grow stronger in my strengths. I also think this class has grown me as a writer, and I plan to strengthen more there as well.
I found the dimensions of growth very interesting and true for probably most people. I do find myself doing the bare minimum when time is an issue instead of pushing myself further. Another interesting mindset is the focusing on grades rather than learning. That’s a hard one for me, because everyone wants an A. But what if students wanted to learn as bad as they wanted that A? Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy learning when it involves something I like, but I should be focused more on learning, and less about the grade.
So I challenge myself for the second half of the semester to try and continue to have the best growth mindset that I can. That being said, I’m holding myself accountable. Accountable for staying true to giving this a shot and maintaining focus. It’s easy to follow a plan or idea for a few days, but actually making it a lifestyle can be more complicated.
Image 1: Growth Representing in a Chart. Commons Wikimedia.
The challenge that I’m doing is to believe in myself, my capabilities, and the foundation I have to get where I want to be. This can and will apply to me in each and every class, as well as outside of the classroom. Personally, I have many tasks that I have to accomplish before graduation. Not only is maintaining a high GPA a must, but the bar is raised for outside of the classroom as well. I have to do well at my job, because it is a start to what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have to take the PCAT and get an outstanding score so that I can apply and get accepted into Pharmacy School. I have a pure foundation in science, because I have learned at The University of Oklahoma.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that it gets hard to maintain a positive mindset when there’s so much to be accomplished in such a short amount of time. Not only that, but the months to come will impact me for the rest of my life if I don’t perform as well as I should. But, this is what we’ve worked our whole life for. The foundation has been set and needs to be trusted. I know I’m not alone in this, as many college student’s are going through the same exact stress.
This brings me to the fact that I CAN do this, I just have to maintain a growth mindset, and keep on going. ANYONE and everyone can get to where they want to be. You can’t give up. Giving up should not be an option, only positive vibes and belief! Great effort will always be rewarding, so it starts right away. There’s no “I can do that tomorrow,” there’s today.
Image 1: Source: Walt Disney Quote by Quotes Everlasting Flickr
Growth Mindset Image: Photo by Steve Davis on Flickr
Prior to this assignment, I had never heard of Carol Dweck or the growth mindset before. She’s so right on so many different levels, and I love the perspective that she takes on this subject matter. I can see how having a growth based mindset could help individuals strive. For example, I barrel race when I have any free time at all to do so. In this sport, the horse that completes the Cloverleaf pattern the fastest wins in a rodeo setting. This means that if you aren’t the best, or within the top five, you probably will see no paycheck for the event. After a few bad rodeo’s the mind could easily dwindle and encourage an individual to just give up. However, in a growth mindset, the encouragement of continual improvement, or not yet (maybe next time) would keep the individual competing! Just because you don’t own the best bred horse, the fastest horse, or have the nicest trailer, your horse can still compete with all of the others if given the effort that a growth mindset instills.
In a school setting, I see myself as having more of a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. That being said, I do have characteristics of a fixed mindset. In today’s day and age, it does seem hard to maintain such a positive mindset based on the constant pressure to perform and ONLY achieve A’s to accomplish lifelong goals. It’s like society kinda sways many individual’s mindsets without even knowing what’s taking place.
My biggest challenge with learning new things is the manner at which it is presented many times. I am a learner, I love to learn, but… If I don’t like the way a professor is teaching a class and don’t understand what’s going on, I tend to tune out. In these situations, I should learn to focus more and try to figure out what’s going on in the lecture on my own with outside sources. Instead of giving up on the topic, I should adjust and try harder. Learning more about a growth mindset will definitely help me in school work, as well as other aspects of my life. I’m excited to learn more about the growth mindset, and look forward to how much it will help.