Today’s message is especially dedicated to the great Carol Dweck, Ph.D. at Stanford University.
I just finished listening to and interview with Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.”
I talk about Dr. Dweck in my book, “Game. Set. Life.” and her research on fixed versus growth mindsets.
In a fixed mindset, people worry about their skills/talent and think that you only have a certain amount.
People with growth mindsets feel that the sky is the limit and that it takes challenges for you to grow and improve.
With a growth mindset, setbacks are opportunities to grow and improve.
I asked Dr. Dweck what an athlete can focus on when they are not playing their best game, or when the pressure is on.
She said that instead of beating yourself up after a loss, you should think about what you can do to improve next time and what you can work on in practice. The key is effort and practice, not results. Don’t worry about talent.
Dweck talked about her own career and said that “Everything involves setbacks.”
And I always say, “A setback is a setup for a comeback.”
Thanks for reading.