It turns out, my brain is heavily bound to fixed mindset thinking. I know now, it’s going to take real holistic work on my part to free me. I 've recognized that when I operate from a fixed mindset, physically, I don’t feel great about it, my heart palpitates, I have hot and cold flashes, my teeth grind, I get headaches, I eat poorly, I don’t drink water and I certainly don’t exercise. Apparently I have a “holistically" fixed mindset to include my mind, body and spirit. For this reason, I’ve developed a holistic growth mindset learning plan. My mind, body and spirit need to be in alignment for me to truly learn. I am a natural day dreamer and conceptionalist (my own word, meaning: someone who thinks up new concepts and ideas all the time).
If my "conceptualizing" was always positive and growth based, I might be okay, but it is not. Stefanie Faye Frank, in her YouTube video collection, The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset (Frank, 2017) shows viewers, how their thoughts form neurological pathways that ultimately anchor the beliefs and values we use to, interact in, and experience the world. For people with deep seeded emotional issues, it is those same pathway connections that trigger the hormone wielding, fight or flight syndrome, they experience in the face of perceived dangers. These days it’s called emotional hijacking (PhD, 2016). No matter what it’s called, apparently I am the poster child for it. But…I didn’t choose to be and I don’t want to be!
First, I plan to learn how to adopt and develop my own growth mindset by:
Learning how to learn, deeply and fully by applying the concrete learning theory as often as possible
Learning as much as I can about myself; my mind, my body, my spirit - When I speak of mind, I am talking about cognition and neuroplasticity - When I reference body, I am referring to all physical parts of my body - When I talk about spirit I am talking about emotional levity such as joy, happiness, love, hope, peace of mind and conviction
Step1.I will learn to hear, and feel my fixed mindset “voice.” This means being in tune with what my body is telling me based on what my brain is thinking. If it feels bad, I need to stop. If I feel guilty, I need to rethink it, if it give me peace of mind, I need to go with it. Step 2. Recognize that I have a choice. In the past, my choices have at times, led to extreme failures and harsh consequences. What must happen now is, I must learn how to make informed choices, rather than relying on guessing, superstition, luck or mimicking. I must educate my intuition, strengthen my critical thinking capacity and systematize my decision making process. Step 3. Talk back to my fixed mindset with my growth mindset voice. The fact that I am now re-writing my plan is proof that I am on the right tract with this one. However, in the future when I am in a fixed mindset pickle, I will ask myself:
What is it that you truly want to accomplish?
Am I doing something that interferes with that goal?
If so, why? How do I get back on track?
Step 4. Take the growth mindset action. I am going to do the work:
The mental work of asking powerful questions and searching for right answers, reading, writing and thinking things through.
The physical work of exercising my body in the way that best suites my lifestyle and eating foods that are healthy for me and fuel my body best
The spiritual work of building relationship connections with myself, my family, friends, community and co-workers, based on mutual trust, loyalty and respect.
Myself – by becoming still and quite for at least 15 minutes each day and by consciously pursuing the experiences I want to have.
My family and friends– by checking in and listening to them and encouraging them. Accepting their feedback and giving feed-forward.
My co-workers – Staying away from gossip, respecting their journey, coaching when I can, keeping my word and accepting their feedback and growing from it. My Community – by getting involved in a way that helps the community as a whole|
Next, once my own growth mindset is stable and I can rely on it, I plan to spread the word and help others to learn how to adopt their own Growth Mindset.
I plan to write articles about my journey and what it takes to stay the course towards achieving a holistic growth mindset.
I plan to facilitate synchronous, Holistic Growth Mindset workshops on digital platforms such as Adobe Connect
I plan to publish YouTube videos about embracing a holistic growth mindset, where we focus on the mind, body and spirit.
When I speak of mind, I am talking about cognition and neuroplasticity
When I reference body, I am referring to the physical parts of the body When I talk about spirit I am talking about emotional levity such as joy, happiness, love, hope, peace of mind and conviction
Finally, I plan to trust the work I do and know that from now on, I am giving life my best. I am learning and I am putting forth the effort that leads to progress. I am doing!
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