I was first introduced to the growth mindset in one of my absolute faaavourite books on change called, Switch by Chip & Dan Heath. The brothers explain…

“Our brains and our abilities are like muscles. They can be strengthened with practice.”

Ahh, so motivating, right? I feel this is such an important reminder, particularly when your past failed attempts plan to take over your future potential.

So, if your past and/or perfectionist tendencies are preventing you from beginning the journey towards your healthiest self, it’s time to get to know the growth mindset. And I’ve got just the gal to break it down for you!

Let’s give a warm welcome back the lovely Courtenay Crucil, registered clinical counsellor. She reminds us of the key role that compassion plays in your growth and ch-ch-changin’.

Take it away Court!

Honouring the journey…not just the destination.

Who remembers doing well on a test in elementary school and being praised for “being so smart.”? Or… how about scoring a goal in a sports game and being told that “you are a star athlete.”?

While it is important to praise our young people, praising outcomes can be dangerous territory.

When we celebrate outcomes, self-worth becomes conditional on accomplishment. More specifically, when we don’t achieve that perfect outcome, we can be left feeling like a failure.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

By embracing a growth mindset we don’t just celebrate the final outcome but we honour all of the blood, sweat and tears that it took to get there. A growth mindset is the belief that abilities are developed through dedication and hard work.

When we adopt a growth mindset we attribute value to dedication and effort even when we don’t get the outcome that we desire.

When it comes to health and wellness, we often set some pretty lofty goals for ourselves when we are trying to make changes. Be it adding a new fitness regime, or adopting a new meal plan with Claire, it can become pretty challenging working towards that bathing-suit ready bod.

And sometimes, ESPECIALLY in the face of challenge, it can be easy to abandon our goals for not being that size 0 with chiseled abs… 2 weeks in. The reality is that big change requires a lot of learning and hard work.

BUT, by sticking to it and showing some compassion for the things that we are doing right, we can acknowledge that we are capable of growth and change, instead of living in a false dichotomy of success OR failure.

As Dory from Finding Nemo says, “just keep swimming”… because you never know what you’re capable of!


 

Connect with Courtenay

Courtenay Crucil is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

And to learn more about her work, visit her website at courtenaycrucil.com.

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