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Growth mindset: Give it a go  

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Developing a growth mindset 

At Waterfield, we uphold the work of Carol Dweck and the development of a growth mindset. We also believe that what underpins successfully facilitating a group is giving it a go, even if it seems tricky. That’s why we actively encourage you to use the skills you learnt in the workshop.

Check out the TedTalk video (9 mins)

Growth mindset overview

Experience leads to improvement

I have made many mistakes in facilitating groups, however these experiences are what have allowed me to learn and continue to get better over time.

Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset philosophy is a useful way to think about learning and growing. Specifically Dweck's reframe of failure and setbacks as a learning opportunity, defining a Growth mindset as;

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'Views failure and setbacks as opportunities for learning and development. Chooses to embrace mistakes as part of the learning process and uses them as feedback to improve.’

Below we have put together a table to easily compare a Growth Mindset contrasted to a Fixed Mindset, to help assess your progress. The purpose is to highlight some of the primary differences between the mindsets as defined by Carol Dweck.

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Comparison table: Mindsets     

Please note: It's important to realise that individuals can exhibit different mindsets in different areas of their lives and that mindsets can be developed and changed with self-awareness and intentional effort.

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