The growth mindset is how resilient people think about setbacks, and the grit reflex is how they deal with setbacks.
Three things you can do to practice the growth mindset:
- First, the growth mindset is contagious. So, surround yourself with resilient friends and gritty colleagues. You want positive people in your life that will set a good example, push you outside your comfort zone, and support your growth.
- Second, it's easy to lose sight of some of the good things going on. We know that gratitude triggers optimism. So before you go to bed each night, text yourself something good. Something good that happened that day. It's a great habit because it triggers gratitude that you can sleep on and wake up to.
- And third, it's really easy to jump to conclusions. And when we do, we experience imaginary stress and we get worked up about things that aren't real. So don't, don't assume the worst. Don't try to read other people's minds, and don't try to be a fortune teller. Those are some ways you can practice the growth mindset.
Now let's practice the grit reflex.
- When you're setting a goal, that's when you want to anticipate setbacks and make contingency plans. That way, when adversity strikes, you've already thought through some possible workarounds.
- Next, study your gritty friends. Study their grit reflex and steal their best practices. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When adversity strikes, get with a gritty friend and talk through the situation. When you keep your thoughts to yourself, especially when you're under stress, you think more emotionally. But when you share your thoughts with others, you tend to be more rational and more resourceful. And when you're at it, you can ask for their input, feedback, and advice.
- And here's one of the best ways to practice your grit reflex. When something good happens, celebrate the gritty behaviors that enable the outcome. It's a good way to reinforce both the grit reflex and the growth mindset.
Remember, you can develop resilience, but it takes practice. So develop your practice plan, set some practice goals, find yourself a practice partner, and get to work!"
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