In life – especially during these evolving times at home – we will face stressful situations and the need to make difficult decisions. But, remember, it is how we react and what we learn that determines the type of outcome you experience.
There are two mindsets – fixed and growth – that often affect how people reach decisions:
▪ With a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are organic and unchangeable. They also feel natural talent leads to success, as opposed to ongoing effort.
▪ Those with a growth mindset believe that learning and intelligence usually improve any experience, and that effort has a direct impact on success.
|With a fixed mindset, people believe their qualities are organic and unchangeable. They also feel natural talent leads to success, as opposed to ongoing effort.
|Those with a growth mindset believe that learning and intelligence usually improve any experience, and that effort has a direct impact on success.
Therefore, it is important to develop a growth mindset to realize your ability to succeed, and articulate how your emotional intelligence can and will affect overall stress. Having a growth mindset is more crucial now, during this time of uncertainty, so you are equipped to navigate ongoing obstacles at home.
Practice these tips as you develop a growth mindset:
▪ View challenges as opportunities. Embrace challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. The more we challenge ourselves to achieve a healthier lifestyle, the more opportunities we open up for ourselves.
▪ Choose learning over approval. If we are more concerned with being accepted by others, we can lose perspective of the real benefits of reaching a health goal. It is important to focus on improving ourselves for our own benefit to increase our growth potential.
▪ Focus on the process. Major change takes time, so it is important to be realistic when creating your timeline for reaching your goals. By practicing new, healthy habits during the learning process will make goals more likely to stick with time.
▪ Reward your effort. Set mini milestone goals and reward yourself for the effort and progress you make along your journey. For example, if you have stuck to a healthy sleep schedule for two consecutive weeks, treat yourself to a movie night at home with the family.
▪ Reflect on your learning. Journaling is a great way to reflect on new lessons learned by writing them down and revisiting them along your way to optimal health and wellbeing. Also, keep track of healthy tips you acquired and document the physical and emotional feelings you experienced during the process of learning a new habit. This will help identify what worked well so you can adapt and apply learnings are you continue to grow! Your LifeBook is a perfect tool for reflection on your journey.