We talk a lot about the power of a growth mindset at One with the Water. Truthfully, though, we can’t emphasize it enough.
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” – Carol Dweck.
The Power of a Growth Mindset
Consider this: according to a recent article by Forbes detailing the necessity of a growth mindset in one’s professional career, there are four significant benefits of adopting the growth mindset.
- It helps us learn from setbacks. Individuals with a growth mindset accept challenges and continue to persevere in order to be successful. They face learning and challenges with an “I haven’t mastered this yet” attitude.
- It makes it easier to avoid distraction. When you know that productive effort equals more success, it is much easier to stay on task.
- It forces you to look continuously for new opportunities. When you utilize the growth mindset, you take every chance to learn, change, and experiment with new ideas. Fear of failure ceases to hold you back.
- It helps to recognize and be inspired by the achievements of others. Instead of being competitive and jealous, let the success of others encourage you to work harder to improve your results.
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What makes the growth mindset so incredible and vital, however, is that these benefits don’t just apply in a professional setting. When we instill in our swimmers the proven and powerful strategies of a growth mindset, we aren’t just setting the stage for athletic success. By adopting a growth mindset, our athletes are setting the foundation for success in all areas of their life, from academics to athletics to their professional career.
If you want to help us impact more lives with the power of the growth mindset, consider donating to One with the Water. What we do matters because the evidence is clear. Swimming doesn’t just have the potential to save lives, but to effect permanent change for good.
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Molly is a member of our creative team, mom of four water-loving babies, and a fierce advocate for CPR training and really early swim instruction.