Wow – it’s hard to imagine that we are nearing the halfway point of the year! Time flies, as they say, and whether we are whining or winning as the days go by sometimes depends on our mindset.
And that’s exactly what I’d like to talk about this month. Mindset, a book by Carol S. Dweck, has over a million copies in print. So, I’m guessing there may be a lot of people who know they need to be aware of their own mindset – and many of us who may need some work in that area.
In the book, Carol talks about a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. I think we can all grasp that concept without a lot of explanation. Do you think things will always remain the same for you regarding what you are able to do or learn or are you continually looking for ways to grow? The tagline for the book is “How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential,” which definitely requires a growth mindset.
But I’d like to expand on the word “mindset” just a bit. A growth mindset is a worthy ideal as a long-term view for our entire lives, but what about that ol’ day-to-day grind we sometimes have to deal with? Life does happen, after all, and it can be challenging (and sometimes nearly impossible!) to keep focused on moving forward to fulfill our potential. There are times we need to just put one foot in front of the other and deal with whatever life brings our way in the moment.
We have a couple of webinars coming up in June that can help you in those areas. The first one I’d like to mention is one of my favorites (I know I say that about a lot of my programs – because I love what I do 😊). It’s called “Leave Your Stress @ Work!” and it’s scheduled for June 1 at 2 p.m. CT. We’ll talk about just that – how do I leave my stress at work? We may even talk about not bringing our home stress TO work! I love doing this webinar because it helps ME be more aware of how those little dribs and drabs of life may be causing stress – stress that sometimes just lurks in the background causing a feeling of dis-ease. How can I be positive and have a growth mindset when that’s happening? So, let’s discuss a list of things we can do that will help us realize we sometimes have more control over our stress than we give ourselves credit for!
The second webinar that might be helpful for some of us is “Patience: How to Get It, How to Keep It,” scheduled for June 15 at 2 p.m. CT. In our social-media/technology/instant-on world, patience seems to be less and less available – or perhaps we just aren’t paying attention to the idea that we have lost our patience. Another area in which I’m always happy to have a reminder. I have two ornery cats and a sweet but sometimes stubborn dog, and they can try my patience every now and then! It never hurts to be reminded that we also have control over whether we choose to live in a state of impatience. And it is a choice, isn’t it?
I hope you’ll register for both webinars – I’m sure you’ll find a tip or two that will help you be your best self. Oh…and a little teaser for you…in August (the 28th at 2 p.m. CT), we’ll be talking about “Lessons for Lifelong Learning” as part of the PLAN Library 101 series. Now THAT’S a growth mindset!
Enjoy spring and I’ll “see” you soon!
P.S. We have a few other webinars sprinkled throughout the summer months, so be sure to check PLAN’s training calendar!