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Motivational Picture of a Plant Growing. Caption: We don't grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.

In a previous post, we talked about why the Growth Mindset is so important for academic success. Now let’s talk about how we can develop this beneficial mindset. The following guide is based on Stanford University Professor of Psychology Dr. Carol Dweck's research.

Four Steps to Developing a Growth Mindset

Step 1: The first step is to hear your Fixed Mindset “voice” - it’s the voice inside your head that promotes doubt. When you encounter a challenge, the voice may say: “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent for it. What if you fail? Then you’ll be a failure. If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.” The Fixed Mindset voice tries to make you doubt and second-guess yourself. It will try to scare you from even trying.

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Motivational Picture. Caption: Setting Goals

This post begins a two part series on effective goal setting. It’s important to enter college with a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to do it, and when you’re going to achieve it. Successful students and successful professionals share a common characteristic, they have clear goals that guide their actions. That’s why goal setting is the second chapter in this book.

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Motivational Picture. Caption: Keep Calm and Ace SAT

We've talked a lot about the benefits of developing a Growth Mindset. We've also discussed the Four Steps to Adopting a Growth Mindset. Now, I'd like to share a personal anecdote on how the Growth Mindset impacted my academic life.

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The absolute first thing you need to do before you do anything in college is adopt a Growth Mindset. By adopting this mindset, you’ll unlock your ability to improve your academic performance, and you’ll understand why it’s possible to go from C’s in high school to A’s in college.

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