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Review your classmates’ posts and respond to at least two of your peers by Day 7. Make an effort to select two different classmates than you have responded to before. Each peer response should be a minimum of 50 words.

In your peer responses,

  • Provide an alternative growth mindset strategy for your peers to consider in relation to the situation shared in their posts.
  • Address their thoughts about grit and growth mindset and how each may lead to goal attainment.

An important part of your learning involves the exchange of ideas and feedback with your peers and instructor. It is also tied to the participation and critical thinking components of your earned discussion grade.

mine- One of the common fixed mindsets includes saying that “There’s no point in trying if I’m going to fail.” This is what happens when people are defeated already before they’ve even begun or attempted to try to do what they want to achieve. This is unhealthy because you will never know the outcome of the situation if you never even try. To add to that, failing isn’t even totally bad, because you can use that experience as a learning point to improve yourself and do better next time. This happened to me before when I auditioned for a school musical when I was younger. The first time I auditioned, I didn’t get any part, and that discouraged me from trying again. Months later, another audition process had been happening, and my insecurities stopped me from auditioning. I still regret it until today.

How I viewed my situation could have easily been changed if I had acquired a growth mindset by then. One strategy that I could have used was viewing challenges as opportunities. I should have seen the auditions for the second musical as an opportunity to try again and get better at my craft. It was supposedly an opportunity to do better but I didn’t take it. In between, I could have improved my singing, practiced choreography, and took acting lessons so that I could have sharpened my skills. Another strategy I could have taken is to value the process over the end result. Sure, I didn’t get in the first time, but at least I found out how auditions usually go. Though the end was not inherently good, the process of preparing for the audition also gave me insight on how hard an actor works, and how hard I should work if I wanted to be one.

Having a growth mindset allows one to use each opportunity as a learning experience. It values the process,skills learned, and experience over the end result. Grit paired with a growth mindset will allow a person to constantly do better and push for themselves to improve, even if they don’t get it on the first try.


Jill-
It was easy for me to pinpoint a discussion forum topic on fixed mindset for this discussion forum. I can be very rigid in my day to day routines, activities, and experiences. This week’s lesson resonated with me and made me realize how vital it is to adjust my mindset to be successful.

“Either I’m good at something, or I’m not.”

I selected this fixed mindset statement because it relates directly to the attitude I’ve had with my new Salesperson Development Plan and training that we have been going through at work over the last few weeks. When I got hired for my position in 2012, I got hired as a service representative. My role was servicing our existing customers at the highest level possible and keeping them trained and informed on software, program changes, and products. My view has been that organic growth is just as significant as new growth. Over the years, my position has evolved from service only to a sales and service role. Prospecting, selling, and cold calling have always been things that I’ve had an aversion to because I don’t feel that I’m good at it or have the skill set for it. Because of this, I’ve avoided doing it and have impacted my success at meeting my sales goals. While I’ve been able to grow our premium with my existing customers, I haven’t been successful in signing new contracts with prospective clients.

Over the last several weeks, we have done a lot of excellent training that will benefit me as I grow as a salesperson. I’ve received a lot of tools to guide me on the path to becoming a better salesperson. While I know it’s crucial to embrace the training, I find myself starting with a growth mindset and shifting to a fixed mindset when the training becomes challenging and pushes me out of my comfort zone. Because I’m afraid to fail, I am hesitant to step away from what comes easy for me and try new things.

As we continue this week’s training, my goal is to keep a growth mindset through the full training by using information from this lesson. I need to get past my fear of failing at something I’m not good at and be willing to learn and stretch my abilities. I will shift my mindset to, “I’m not good at selling – yet.” I plan to change my fixed mindset to a growth mindset by applying several strategies. First, I must view challenges as opportunities. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. Pushing myself to stretch outside of my natural strengths will allow me to explore new things and create new opportunities for success that I might have never uncovered with a fixed mindset. I will also need to take ownership over my attitude. I feel that this is the most critical piece of the puzzle. If I continue to have a negative attitude because I think that I’m just not good at selling, I won’t get anything out of it. I will own my attitude, and when I sense that I’m slipping into a negative attitude, I will remind myself why a positive attitude essential to my success.

At work, school, and life, there is exponential value in keeping a growth mindset. When you learn to step outside the comfort of your natural abilities and work to grow in areas that aren’t your natural strengths, you’ll improve as an employee, student, and person. I’ll reference this lesson often when I begin to struggle at work and on my academic journey. I will also push myself to focus just as much on the journey as the final destination. When you use your determination and grit to guide you and allow a growth mindset, the sky is the limit!

Christian- My choices are made with a thought process to take action. According to 1.4 Learning Theory in the 21st Century, there are two mindsets fixed mindset vs. growth mindset. I remember growing up having a fixed mindset, I saw myself self-conscious, avoiding any activities after school or during, and any project I started I ended up leaving behind or incomplete. After making a drastic change to my weight, my thinking process began to change to see the glass half full rather than empty. With effort and skill development, I was able to change my habits and create short term goals that were achieved with a real plan. I believe we have both have fixed and growth mindsets without knowing it. Our development is to learn how to use our state of a fixed mindset and be able to change it.

I always struggle with this task. I Chose this fixed mindset because I remember still trying to lose weight and end up right back where I started. I would do recommended workouts but never kept a clean diet. My first week ill see drastic changes but then plateau right after. I remember stepping on a scale and was so excited I dropped from 450 pounds down to 420. It was a huge accomplishment, but then I started late-night snacking and eating outside my diet and quickly jumped right back. I had to change my mindset and let go of the gym. I was giving myself the excuse to work out my bad diet. You cannot outwork a bad diet. For years I always struggled to lose weight. I had no real plan, just excuses. Finally, fuel was lit as I got compared to a 700-pound celebrity. I refused to let this take over me and made drastic changes immediately. When I replaced the word failing with the term learning, I saw the difference. I started eating clean and fell back from working out. I wanted to learn what the process was before applying any more wasted energy. Going to the gym and eating dirty was a complete waste of my time at the gym. I would burn myself out to go home and eat dominoes. Learning that this was setting me back more than I worked out gave me the chance to change my life. I would look in the mirror and tell myself I’m not there yet. I would paint the picture I wanted to see. I can see muscles the round shape along with my biceps and feeling a flatter stomach. I am standing tall, and my chin is almost pointing at the ceiling. This is wat. I saw with using yet in my speech. I spoke about my efforts and vision into existence and made it happen.

The most important value here is to understand how our mind works and how we can learn to change and overcome any hesitations we come by. Academically having a growth mindset can lead to career accomplishments. Networking, constructive criticism, and facing challenges are all part of a growth mindset. Dweck’s theory suggests that the more you believe in your ability to grow and develop, the more open your mindset is to achieving growth. In a fixed mindset state, you will encounter hills you cannot climb. Your learning patterns will get in the way of personal development. To change your life, you must see the glass half full more than half empty.


 

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