This is the second in a three-part series from Coach Drew on Building Mental Awareness in the gym. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the physical side of our training, that sometimes it's helpful to have a reminder to stay mindful as well.
So we’ve acknowledged what we brings us to the box and that we are all athletes, but what about the attitude we have when we start to WOD. One strategy that can be used in and out of the box is the idea of a growth mindset.
Adopt a growth mindset
Growth mindset, a term Coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychologist studying student motivation and development, was first applied to student learning. The theory and framework has since been applied to other areas such as business, leadership, and sports. Put briefly (albeit not giving it full justice), a person with a growth mindset achieves more by believing that talent can be developed through effort, habit, and appropriate feedback. As opposed to a fixed mindset, which supports that individuals are born with talent. Harvard Business Review has introductory article for those who want to learn more.
What are some ways to adopt a growth mindset at the gym?
I’m often reminded of adopting a growth mindset when I am taking one of our specialty classes and clinics. The drills are often challenging and the feedback often uncovers inefficient ways that I move to execute movements. Thinking about having a growth mindset provides opportunities to deal with frustrations, expand my opportunities to grow as an athlete, and discover new things about myself.
How do you see the concept of having a growth mindset impact your work in and out of the gym?