Last week the wind outside mt house was blowing hard and wild. Tree branches were bending to the ground and limbs were getting knocked down. I looked out the window and noticed that my fence was leaning in one section and with the wild wind expected to continue for a few days, was at risk for causing more sections to domino downward. Oh no! I didn't know what to do. But I did know that doing nothing would certainly mean that the fence would blow down flat.
I felt annoyed at the situation and looked away from the window hoping beyond hope that it would all magically fix itself. I was acting like a baby with an out of sight, out of mind mentality.
Later that day as the wind died down I ventured outside to take a look. I was feeling a bit more brave and reminded myself that I can fix this. I recalled telling my son so many times that he didn’t get his engineering know how from his father, he got some of that from his mother too! I stood tall thinking with an "I can" attitude and thought about possible ways to fix the problem.
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Walking away I was thinking about a graphic that I had seen on having a growth mindset. Once I found the image again I started to realize that I had said many of the statements on both sides of the fence (pun intended!).
When I first looked at the situation my fixed mindset began with rants such as: “I’m not good at this”, “I give up” and even “This is too hard.”
But then when my growth mindset attitude kicked in I said: “I’m on the right track.” And “This may take some time and effort.” And when block number one didn't work I found myself saying: “Good thing the alphabet has 25 more letters!”
Having a growth mindset that day was certainly the key to getting my fence standing upright. Maybe I need to print this out and keep it at my desk so I can more readily move to using that growth mindset at school too!
When have you needed to think using a growth mindset lately?