Powerful Mindsets by Sam Giallombardo

 In Golf Instruction KH

How do you view the world? Failure? Challenges? How are you teaching your Junior to view these? We’ve all heard the question “Is the glass half empty or half full?” Carol S. Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, has done considerable work into this way of thinking and what she calls the Mindset Psychological Trait. You may be asking yourself “what could this have to do with golf”? Well, it may not pertain directly with golf but it has everything to do with whether your children decide to stick with it enough to be successful at higher levels. According to Dweck’s research there are two primary mindsets, Fixed and Growth. A person with a “Fixed Mindset” feels that their character, intelligence and creative ability are static, rigid, and even unchangeable. For them success is directly tied to their current intelligence or ability level. To be successful they must avoid failure at all cost! They will live their lives this way because this is the only way (at least in their minds) of maintaining the illusion that they are smart or skilled…without anyone ever noticing the difference. Absolute acceptance will be required for everything they do so that struggling in school, losing a match or tournament, being let go from a job, or rejection from anyone are all viewed as something which is hindering their success. To a fixed mindset individual all of that means you are not smart…not talented. Failure for them means everyone else feels they are not growing, not intelligent or not reaching their fullest potential. Dweck’s research clearly demonstrates that when children, in particular, are praised for the outcome of what they have done or their ability, rather than their efforts and hard work, they immediately default to the path of a fixed mindset. They will likely refuse to voluntarily take part in future opportunities of new and challenging tasks that may show a lack of talent or ability. The “Growth Mindset”, however, flourishes in challenging situations and will view failure, not as proof that they lack skill, but a steppingstone for growth. Failure for them is just another tool in the bag! It creates a passion for learning rather than the constant hunger for approval from friends, colleagues or their authority figures. A key identifying feature of someone with a growth mindset is the confidence that knowledge, innovation, and even relationships can be cultivated through effort and deliberate practice. They are not so disappointed when experiencing failures but instead view them as opportunities in which they can learn to better themselves. So, are you feeding your Junior’s desire for growth by praising the hard work which they have put in to what they do or just feeding their desire to avoid failure and thus constantly needing approval from others? #BackAwayandLetemPlay #LetThemLearningThroughFailure #PraiseEffortNotOutcome

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