You may or may not be presenting the idea of growth mindset to anyone in the near future, but here’s a heads up:
even if your audiences haven’t heard too much about it yet,
there’s a LOT of shallow information buzzing around and people are getting very weary of ‘growth mindset’.
There are many growth mindset interventions that are NOT working.
Many people are starting to roll their eyes at it. It’s such a buzz word now, that’s it’s becoming more just an approved ‘thing to say’ rather than a way of actually helping people get better at learning and living life according to their highest vision.
Most of all, what many growth mindset ‘interventions’ are missing is the critical, non-negotiable key to learning:
a sense of safety.
I’ll just say this bluntly: forget about growth mindset if you don’t incorporate the idea of willingness, trust and safety.
Why is this so important?
- The only way someone will create positive change for themselves is if they’re willing to change.
- Being willing to change requires trust.
- Their trust will come from a sense of safety – that you co-create with them.
And from a neurobiology standpoint, by safety I mean being in a state of ‘regulation’.
There are two types of regulation:
- co-regulation (a sense of trust and connection with others), and
- self-regulation (using our own mind and body to get back into an optimal brain state that is not defensive, alert or shutting down).
Without a sense of safety, we literally can’t hear another human’s voice, or focus our attention long enough to actually learn.
We can help others believe in their ability to learn and get better at living out their potential. But we must focus on trust, connection and safety first.
This is a non-negotiable aspect to how humans are biologically wired.
I hope you get a chance to check it out.