Mindset Is Everything

I love skiing.

But I started relatively late. I was in college when I picked up the sport.

And I live in the Midwest so I don’t have any mountains in my backyard.

I don’t get to ski as often as I’d like.

So when we take ski vacations, I milk it for all it’s worth.

And because I love skiing so much, I sometimes get down on myself because I’m not as good as I want to be and I’m not as good as I think I should be.

I start to beat myself up.

Today on the slopes I had to adjust my mindset.

It was our last day skiing and my body was aching.

I didn’t feel as confident.

And I got irritated.

So, I told myself to stop thinking with a Fixed Mindset—i.e. “I’m a good skier or bad skier”—and start thinking with a Growth Mindset—i.e. “I’m tenacious and determined to keep getting better even when I’m sore and frustrated.”

I’ve read Dr. Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset,” and referred to her research in courses I’ve taught and on my podcast.

And today, I practiced what I preach.

But I had to get intentional about it!

In what areas do you intend to adjust your mindset in 2018?

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