I find self-help and respectful-parenting books fascinating, as many mirror the same principles as the Anat Baniel Method©.
It's exciting to have so many different types of work have such similar principles:
The cool part is that most have similar core perspectives, but use different language and come at it from a slightly different angle, which gives ME a slightly different angle to understand how to connect with my daughter just a little bit better.
This week I've been listening to the audiobook "Take Control of Your life" by Mel Robbins.
She does a great job explaining the 2 different mindsets you can have (backed up by research).
With a Fixed Mindset you accept that you are only "this" good, "this" smart, "this" creative, "this" sporty. Usually, some authority figure from your childhood has determined the limit of your "this".
I can remember a gymnastics coach (I was probably 6-7 yrs old) tell me that I was too tall to be really good at gymnastics. I quit after that first season. Some random coach told me I had a limit, and I believed him. He knew a lot more about gymnastics than I did (I joined because I liked to do cartwheels), and I was 6 years old, so I believed him. For, like, 30 years!
Having a Fixed Mindset, drives you to avoid failure.
I was too tall for gymnastics, so why bother even trying? So I quit.
With a Growth Mindset, you believe your talent and skills can grow with experience.
EEK! This is also called: Neuroplasticity!
Research has shown that having a growth mindset teaches you (and your kids!) how to be resilient. Which happens to be the #1 predictor in whether or not someone will be successful.
With a Growth Mindset, change is possible. You are capable of learning new things.
A growth mindset doesn't see failure as a horrible thing to be avoided at all costs. With a growth mindset, failure becomes an approximation to your goal. Failure is simply a stepping stone to find a different way to accomplish what you want to do.
As a parent of a child with special needs, THIS is what I what to instill in my daughter.
Thanks to the Anat Baniel Method©, I've learned so many fabulous tools to help accelerate her learning and foster a growth mindset.
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