Today’s “training” was the toughest one for me to grasp. I think that’s because it’s easier to chalk up someone else’s success to natural talent or brilliance. But that implicitly discredits the hard work involved in making that gift a reality.
As I read more, I thought back to Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” What did he prepare for us? Works. It’s how God intended for us to manifest our gifts.
Again, science catches up – explaining why a mind-set focused on the work is so critical to success.
To becoming an ordinary superhero,
Train Your Brain: Step 3 – Fostering a Growth Mind-Set
A person with a growth mind-set assumes that work is the core driver of success and places less importance on genetics as a determining factor. When met with a test or an opportunity to be judged, she is far more likely to view it as yet another opportunity to learn what her current state of knowledge and ability is, then use that information to guide and even motivate her work towards the next level. For the person with a growth mind-set, instances of judgment, evaluation, or testing, whether public or private, may not always feel good, but they’re an important part of being able to get better faster and succeed bigger. Such people not only endure judgment but often invite it.
Criticism has value because there’s something you can do about it. The more any creator can cultivate the growth mind-set, the less important judgment-leveling changes in environment become, because such a person has already developed the ability to lean into judgment and incorporate it as necessary data for higher-level creation and success.
Cultivation of a growth mind-set starts with an understanding that greatness is largely about work. There may be a genetic element, which far more often is on the exclusionary rather than the greatness side. But the far larger part of genius lies in understanding that not talent but doing the work is the core driver of greatness. This understanding frees us to lean into the uncertainty, accept risk, and seek judgment with the understanding that, offered constructively, those actions are what will move us closer to our ability to create what we’re here to create.
“We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don’t like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves extraordinary.”
– Carol Dweck
Today, I will practice feeling the fear and choosing to move forward anyway. I will do one thing that scares me.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.