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The Growth Mindset: A Coach's Thoughts

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford

I found Henry Ford's quote when I was in high school and it has been in the back of my head ever since. This video will explain the Growth Mindset concept better than I ever could. Feel free to watch, and read my thoughts below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75GFzikmRY0

As a coach, this is something that I come across on a daily basis. Examples are as simple as:

"My knee hurts today, I can't train."

An athlete shutting down for the rest of practice because he/she was singled out for not doing something as asked.

Coach Will Hewlett has a great saying: "Embrace the Awkward" when teaching throwing and quarterback mechanics. This is part of the learning process. Re-teaching your body how to move, especially with higher level athletes is a very hard thing to coach and get them to trust in the why's.

The Growth vs Fixed mindset is something everyone switches between, but I believe if the concept is known, it is much easier to stay positive, receive feedback, and continually learn and grow.

Skills are developed: We've all heard of someone saying the quotes below. There's usually some seriously hard focused learning and years of practice with each of the examples that goes unseen.

"He's a natural sales guy."

"That guy is so lucky."