It's common for athletes to fall into one of the following ways of thinking: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is when an athlete believes their success depends mostly on the amount of talent or natural ability they were born with. A growth mindset is exhibited when an athlete believes that they can get better and better, as long as they deliberately spend their time and energy on practicing and developing their skills.
This may sound similar to the nature vs nurture debate. Regardless of which side you fall, it's difficult to argue that each play a significant role. With that being said...if you want to maximize your potential as an athlete, you may want to consider developing a growth mindset...here's why.
First, let's get clear on the negative impact of a fixed mindset. Researchers, including Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University who created the fixed/growth mindset framework, have suggested that a fixed mindset can lead kids to give up sooner and enjoy work less. You may be able to identify members on your team that would fall into the fixed mindset category. It sounds like a pretty bad place to be, but you are probably uncertain as to why a fixed mindset leads to poorer performance. Below are a few characteristics of an athlete with a fixed mindset:
The characteristics of a growth mindset
Now that you have a better understanding between a growth and a fixed mindset, ask yourself...how can I implement a growth mindset today?
Is there a challenge you have been avoiding? If so, change your mindset and embrace the growth opportunity!