Cycle 4, Research Round 2 - How does mindset impact mood, perception, and productivity?

Hey everyone!

I am back again with Round 2 of my research on mindsets and how they impact mood, perception, and productivity. This week, I am going to be looking deeper into:

  • Are mindsets changeable? If so, what is needed to change one?
  • Can we change our mindsets without intending to?
  • How does self-awareness (regarding flaws) impact ability to change?
  • How do mindsets change as we mature?

If you want to read my previous research where I investigated what a mindset is, different kinds of mindsets, and the broad impacts of mindsets, you can read my first research round. If you want to read about where I'm going next with my research, you can check here at my project plan.

So now, let's get crackalackin'.

"Why waste time proving over and over how great you are when you could be getting better?" -Carol Dweck (6)

First, are mindsets adaptable? The main change that individuals should strive to undergo is the change from a fixed mindset (one where you believe you cannot change much about yourself, failure is something to fear, and you don't change much about yourself, instead keeping everything constant) to a growth mindset (one where you believe talent is constantly adapting, you can change yourself, failure is an opportunity and shouldn't be feared). (1)

Studies have found that simply educating oneself about growth mindsets can cause significant changes in individuals' self-awareness. That is, through understanding different mindsets and being able to identify if you yourself are caught in a fixed mindset, you can consciously make changes to how you live your life.  Basically, to change oneself from fixed to growth mindset, you must educate yourself. (1)

There's a "4-Step Process" to changing your mindset. (1,3)

  1. Hear your fixed mindset "voice". That is, learning to block out the voice that says "it's because you're too stupid" or "you could do it if you were smarter" or "what if you fail?'. You need to learn to block out the "inner saboteur", the inner critic that bosses us and tells us we're wrong. (1,2,3,4,8)
  2. Recognize your ability to change. You can either hear the inner critic and let it take you down, or you can fight against it. You can challenge yourself, or you can sit and avoid growth. (1,3,8)
  3. Talk back to your fixed mindset. When the inner critic knocks you down and says something like "it's because you're untalented, this would have been easy if you were talented", think to yourself "no, everyone who's talented at something starts somewhere". If your fixed mindset says "it's not my fault", you think "I need to take responsibility to fix the problem. Let me own what I did regardless of how hurtful it may be." (1,3,8)
  4. Take growth mindset action. Determine the action that will lead to growth! If you're scared to join the basketball team because you might not be talented, join the team. If you don't want to admit that you did something bad, own it, and apologize. (1,3,4,8)

And remember: it's the process, not the outcome. (5)

Some questions to stimulate the growth mindset include: (1)
--What can I learn from this?
--What steps can I take to succeed?
--Where can I get constructive criticism and feedback?
--When and where will I follow through on this plan?
--What have I learned today?
--What mistakes did I make today that taught me something? 

growth mindset infographic(5)

So, to change your mindset, you:
          -become aware of your personal flaws and acknowledge the mindset you have
          -need to be conscious of your self-critic and take the action that will ultimately benefit you the most

A big thing noticed in studies was that children and students who did not have a growth mindset often had declining grades as opposed to those who learned about growth mindsets (who can rebound after declines in grades). The researcher, Carol Dweck, found that parents should praise children's work ethic of over intelligence or talent. This praising teaches children to be resilient and to bounce back after failure instead of feeling defeated. Additionally, we can change our wording (instead of "don't", using "not yet") to greatly change the impact children feel from failure. This also gives children greater confidence and pushes them to be more persistent.(6,8)

The idea is simple: "...if you get a failing grade, you think, I’m nothing, I’m nowhere. But if you get the grade “Not Yet” you understand that you’re on a learning curve. It gives you a path into the future."-Carol Dweck (6)

The mindsets we have as children greatly impact our grades, our growth, and consequentially our future and who we become. A fixed mindset in development means a less resilient individual whereas a growth mindset means a resilient one.
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 Alrighty everyone, that's all for this week! Next week I am going to be looking at more fun topics like:

  • How much control we have over:
    • Our emotions
    • Our moods
    • Our outbursts (e.g. yelling at someone for something they did)
    • Our relationships and our perception of these relationships
    • How we see others' actions
  • How mindset impacts perception (of ourselves and of others)

Also, I may add a few extra tidbits in there for fun, just to see what I can find. Specifically, I think I will look at a topic @Jim Liu (Charles Best) mentioned: sports!

As always, any feedback, criticism, or comments are always helpful. Thank you for reading, and see you guys next week

Original Post

Hey @Joanna Whitter (Charles Best)

A very nicely put post! It's really cool to see the diagrams written to help us understand what you are explaining. The mindset itself is a powerful tool and how we use it definitely can impact us. 

I especially like this part in the post:

"Its the process, not the outcome" 

Personally I do want to refer to the > BEGIN with the END in mind. It's also important to look at the outcome. But, i like that phrase as well since process is just as equally important and often may be looked over! 

That brings me to refer to perhaps, habits! How does Habits effect mood and mindset in your inquiry  

7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the research behind it might have some juicy information

Hopefully this was a bit of help! 

Hey Joanna!

Great job on your post! Your style of writing is really personable, so it made your research even more interesting to read! I really appreciated the four-step process and the diagrams you included as it helped with my overall comprehension of your inquiry. If it interests you, it might be interesting to look into whether or not its possible to control your mood/mindset/productivity so you can be as efficient as possible. 

Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

Good luck and great job!

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