Growth vs. Fixed Mindset
A growth mindset is the belief that you can improve your intellect and skills through focus and effort. It’s the attitude that you can improve and master any subject or skill through study and practice. On the other hand, a fixed mindset mentality sees intelligence and talents as set traits. Accordingly, they are less likely to put effort into developing their talents. Those with a growth mindset view feedback as an opportunity to improve, while those with a fixed mindset internalize criticism as a personal attack. When you have a growth mindset you are more likely to progress and succeed in both your personal and professional life.
Grow Your Growth Mindset With Yoga
Practicing yoga helps shift your thought process toward a growth mindset. You may not be aware of it but every time you step on your mat you do it with a growth mindset. You understand that your yoga practice is a process and that strength and flexibility are not fixed traits.
Very few people start out able to do full lotus or arm balances like eight-angle pose. But you don’t give up on the poses that are more difficult for you. When you practice yoga, you don’t only do the poses your body naturally goes into. Rather, you start with half lotus and modified versions of poses. This is you applying a growth mindset to your practice. You should think of your intellect and other skills the same way you think about mastering that difficult pose.
Yoga Teaches You That Failing is a Part of Progress
Learning how to accept failure and feedback are essential to nurturing a growth mindset. Yoga encourages you to fail and accept feedback. Has a yoga teacher ever yelled at you for falling out of a pose? Absolutely not! Yogis understand that falling is a sign that you’ve pushed yourself and only through pushing yourself do you improve. Because yoga allows you to fail in a safe, supportive environment it teaches you not to be scared of failing off your mat. More than that, yoga teaches you that failing is a key step in reaching your full potential and achieving success.
Consistently, yoga teaches you how to not only accept but welcome feedback. Is any yogi ever upset when their teacher shows them an adjustment? No! Learning how to accept feedback is a crucial step in shifting toward a growth mindset. When someone gives you constructive criticism they are helping you develop and advance. So welcome feedback in all walks of life the way you welcome pose adjustments!
Yoga Nurtures Mindfulness
Strengthening your mind is just like strengthening any other muscle in your body- you have to train your mind. Shifting your perspective requires practice. Practicing mindfulness and meditation helps you control your thought processes. As such, you can consciously change your frame of mind toward a growth mindset. Since yoga trains you to think and behave mindfully, it is a great tool for training yourself to think with a growth mindset.
By instilling all these wise perspectives in you, yoga is strengthening your growth mindset! So, let's take the growth mindset we practice on our mats and practice it in all aspects of our lives!
How has yoga taught you how to have a growth mindset or how has having a growth mindset improved your yoga practice?
Co-authored by Chloe LewContinue reading