I love a good challenge, especially with mindset. Check out my interview with Michelle McQuaid first, it will inspire you!
The intention for this challenge is to have some fun and to notice when you are choosing a growth or fixed mindset. The 30 days gives a focus and a set time to practice and try it out. It can be fun and helpful to experience the challenge with friends or a partner. It supports you to practice seeing things from a different perspective, recognizing teachable moments, reframing and nurturing a growth mindset. If you have never heard of fixed or growth mindsets the video interview below with Michelle McQuaid will give some awareness and understanding around mindsets.
So if you haven’t already, grab a cup of tea and enjoy the interview I had with Michelle McQuaid, it truly is insightful.
In my own parenting life, I do challenges with my son when we see something, I ask him what he thinks has happened or what else could it be? This helps him to see that not everything is black and white and how our assumptions can be misleading and inaccurate. He also gets to practice flexibility in his thinking and not just get fixed on one way. An interesting example is when we were at the supermarket and a man had no shirt on. My son thought this was funny and was sort of mocking the man. However, I knew my son found a person not wearing a shirt out shopping unusual. I said to him, “What do you think could have happened?” He answered and I asked again, “What else could it be?” By the time we left my son had a whole new picture of not jumping to conclusions or assuming he knows what has happened. It was fun to think of the endless possibilities and some of our ideas were fascinating.
I do believe this practice helps to bring more connection, compassion, tolerance towards ourselves and others as well as more patience in our parenting by practicing a growth mindset; reframing, teachable moments, behavioural flexibility and a whole lot more. If you are up for it, enjoy the challenge.
30 Day Mindset Challenge
For 30 days, practice asking at least one of these questions every day.
- How might I see this situation differently?
- What do I see from where I stand?
- What could I do differently today?
- What can I learn from this challenge?
- When I look at things differently, what changes?
- What else could this be?
- What is the teachable moment?