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Growth Mindset



Growth mindset has been talked about a lot in the past few years. It is used to help people, especially children, to cope with setbacks and problems and to develop resilience which are handy skills to have right now.


What Is Growth Mindset?


Everyone has a way of looking at the world and understanding things. We call this a mindset. You have a mindset, your friends have a mindset, and your teacher and grown-ups have a mindset. 

We can choose to look at the world in a way that makes us feel strong and happy, or in a way that makes us feel frustrated and weak.

People with a growth mindset know they can get better by working hard. They keep trying even when things are tough and they say things such as, ‘I can’t do this...yet’ or ‘Mistakes help me learn.’

People with a fixed mindset feel differently, as if they are stuck with the way things are. A fixed mindset can happen to anyone at some time or another but it's important we choose to have a growth mindset, keep trying, and stick with challenges.



What Is Resilience?


Resilience is being able to cope when things go wrong and times are tough. Sometimes getting through hard times can make you even stronger than you were before. If you can bounce back when things are tough, have a go at new things and try your best and be strong on the inside, then you have resilience.


What Helps To Develop Growth Mindset and Resilience?


  • Thinking positive thoughts
  • Look for the positives in a situation
  • Accept that change happens all the time
  • Improve your problem solving skills
  • Keep trying and working towards your tools
  • Don’t give up, ask for help when you need it
  • Accept that negative things can happen
  • Find ways to stay calm that work for you


What Can I do When Things Get Difficult?


Ask yourself some key questions.

  • What are my goals?
  • What is important?
  • What are my strengths
  • What can I do to help get back on track?
  • What can I change that might allow me to move forward?
  • What can I control?
  • Who can help me?


You will still have times where you are stressed or feel like things are too difficult. But building your resilience will mean that when you meet these problems and stumbling blocks you can cope better every time. This is because you are building ways to cope, to problem solve, to move forward and make progress. You are learning from mistakes and solutions and learning what you can and can’t control. You are building a team of people who can help you. You are thinking positively and not giving up easily.

You’re kind of a big deal!