What do you believe about intelligence?
- You can learn new things, but you can’t really change your basic intelligence.
- Your intelligence is something about you that you can’t change very much.
If you strongly agree with both of these statements, you just might have a fixed mindset.
If you strongly disagree, you probably have a growth mindset.
The truth is that the brain changes and develops throughout life through a process called neuroplasticity. Certain experiences cause new connections in the brain to form or strengthen, making the brain smarter by literally rewiring it.
Work on cultivating three beliefs:
- Humans can grow smarter
- How we act can make us smarter
- Focusing on IMPROVEMENT is more productive than focusing on JUDGMENT