Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring March 2016 - Page 45

The Resolution: Change the Mindset

As 2016 unfolds, many people made their New Year Resolutions. Actually, this is everybody’s habit on the first week of the New Year. According to University of Scranton (2015), 75% of Americans maintained their resolutions for the first week and 71% for the past two weeks then until it drops to 46% for the next six months. Self-improvement or education related resolutions top the type of resolutions created for 2015. Then it followed by weight related, financial related and relationship related resolutions accordingly. Surprisingly, people in their twenties achieve their resolutions better than people over 50 years old.

This leads me to share the role of MINDSET in developing and achieving your resolutions. Mindset is a simple idea that makes all the difference (Dweck, 2010). It is important to know which type of mindset you (your clients) have so you’ll better understand why things are working and not working at all. These are Fixed Mindset and Growth Mindset. These are just like “nature vs. nuture” kind of thought.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simple fixed traits. They are particular with their intelligence and talent instead of developing them. These people believe that their intelligence and talents alone create success – without effort. People in a fixed mindset believe that you either are or aren’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through hard work and dedication – acknowledging the aid of their brain and their talents. This view creates the love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions.

Now, let us see which mindset do you have? Read these statements and decide whether you mostly agree with it or disagree with it (Dweck, 2010).

1. You can do things differently, but the important parts of who you are can’t really be changed.

2. You can always substantially change how intelligent you are.

3. You are certain kind of person, and there is not much that can be done to really change that.

4. No matter what kind of person you are, you can always change substantially.

Statement 1 and 3 are fixed mindset and statement 2 and 4 are growth mindset.

Now, go back to your new resolutions. Are these resolutions are in a fixed-mindset or growth mindset mode? Should it be in fixed, maybe you could try making it a more growth-mindset one. Having a growth-mindset creates anchoring motivation and enhances productivity in personal, business, education, sports and fitness.

Start to change the mindset before acting on the details of your resolutions. This will give you a fresh kick in envisioning and achieving your goals, more importantly, bring you to a real NEW YOU.

by Kenneth Colubio

KENNETH COLUBIO is a life-enthusiast, who turns his love for an active, happy and well-balanced lifestyle into a career as a motivational, leadership and lifestyle coach. When not coaching and mentoring, you can find him doing Pilates, Yoga, Muay Thai or staying under the sun in the beach. He is also a foodie, a weekend-chef and a portrait photographer.

Change comes from a willingness to engage in new ideas about what is possible.

him doing Pilates, Yoga, Muay Thai or staying under the sun in the beach. He is also a foodie, a weekend-chef and a portrait photographer.