Stop for a moment and think about this. If you believe that you’re as good as you are ever going to be, when you’re confronted by a new and challenging experience how are you likely to react?

There is a lot of talk at the moment about growth mindset, especially in kids. But growth mindset is an approach that should be adopted throughout life. Even as adults, we come across new challenges every day, both scary and exciting, and approaching them positively is essential for resilience, confidence and ultimately, happiness.

What is Growth Mindset?

Growth mindset, put simply, is the belief that our basic abilities can be developed and improved through dedication and hard work.

It's not so much that this belief is some kind of magic. It's just that without a growth mindset, we don't put in as much effort and so we remain permanently stuck.

But with a growth mindset, we can break through and achieve things we thought unachievable, whether that be at work, in our relationships, or in other aspects of our lives.

Top 10 Tips for Adopting a Growth Mindset:

  1. Stop thinking of yourself negatively. Think of yourself as capable.

  2. Don’t listen to your fixed mindset (I can’t do that) – it will only hold you back.

  3. Train yourself to improve the way you think – practice may not make perfect but it nearly always makes better.

  4. Don’t let mistakes put you off – see them as part of the process. Keep trying.

  5. Don’t dwell on your failures, but do use them as a means by which you can learn. You can also learn from the mistakes of others.

  6. Be flexible. Don’t commit yourself to a single way of doing anything for all time. Methods that worked in the past won’t always work in the future.

  7. Take an honest audit of your skills and prioritise your weakest areas for practice and development.

  8. Use any and all the feedback you can get and try to see criticism as a positive thing which will help you improve (even if it doesn’t feel like that at the time).

  9. Recognise that some things are harder than others and not everything falls in place at the same time.

  10. Don’t be afraid to take risks – the most important learning usually happens outside of your comfort.

And finally…

Developing a growth mindset isn’t difficult but it does require a willingness to change and the motivation to succeed. For all the problems lockdown has caused, it has provided a period of time to reflect and think about how you might make a positive change and where you want to be in the future, and how you might get there.

Adopting growth mindset beliefs can help you succeed both mentally and physically and help you achieve a sense of inner peace. Try the food you’ve always thought you hated. Take the stairs even though you’ll be out of breath at the top. Go for the interview, even if you do think it’s above your pay grade. Go on that date. Put on that outfit. Take that first step...

At Mudskipper Challenge, our goal is to provide a safe, fun, inclusive space in which to challenge yourself, push boundaries and step outside your comfort zone with the result, being a better version of yourself. We believe that every single person has the ability to complete the course and learn something about themselves to improve their outlook, their fitness, their resilience, their self confidence...the list is endless and 100% achievable.

So whatever your reason, join the #MudCrowd and be a more confident, resilient and better version of you. We believe in you and so should you.