How Growth Mindset Coaching Keeps Performance Levels High.

# Growth Mindset

Having a growth mindset means believing that a person's abilities aren't innate but can be improved through effort, learning, and persistence. A growth mindset is all about the attitude with which a person faces challenges, how they process failures, and how they adapt and evolve as a result. It is also the ability of embracing challenges, persisting in the face of setbacks, seeing effort as a path to mastery, learning from criticism, finding inspiration in the success of others and turning failure into an opportunity to grow.


Mindsets are a powerful thing. They can be deeply ingrained - and difficult to change. Stanford University Mindset Psychologist Carol Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation, famously studied the behaviour of thousands of children. She found that when they believed their intelligence and abilities could grow, they had a desire to learn and, as a result, were willing to embrace the challenges necessary to keep achieving more. They didn’t give up in the face of criticism or setback.


Dweck coined the term “growth mindset” to describe the mindset of these children, as opposed to those with a “fixed mindset,” who believe their intelligence is static and, therefore, are more likely to avoid challenges and negative feedback, ultimately plateauing before they ever achieve their full potential.


People who gave up easily when any obstacle got in the way, who looked for ways to avoid challenges and didn’t see the point in putting in the effort, probably ignored useful feedback and felt threatened by others’ success.

Growth Mindset Coaching.

Growth mindset people tend to be high performers because they believe they can keep achieving more. Even though work problems have become increasingly complex and the environment keeps changing, they’re driven by an inner motivation that says, “I can keep learning and rising to the challenge.”


Fixed mindset people often stall out—or worse. They believe they can’t, and so they don’t.

Expanding Belief Boundaries.

Great Mental Performance Coaches understand how a person’s belief boundaries will affect what they perceive as possible, and how these boundaries either help or hinder progress towards achieving higher levels of performance.


So, what are belief boundaries? Over time people form certain beliefs about themselves, and these beliefs influence their view of what they believe they can achieve. As a result, they:

  • Form boundaries around their own inner beliefs.
  • Make assumptions about their abilities that directly relate to their inner beliefs.
  • Use inner beliefs as a mental paradigm that controls and regulates their actions, feelings, behaviours and abilities.

Growth Mindset Coaching supports a mindset hinges on expanding an people’s belief boundaries, starting with understanding how their beliefs and values are influencing their emotions, which in turn are driving their behaviours and actions. When coaching efforts shift from providing feedback to building self-discovery, belief boundaries incrementally stretch, creating an emotional openness to learning new skills and behaviours.

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