What are Growth and Fixed mindsets? We have two ways of looking at ourselves and the world. You can see a challenge or situation with the idea that you will fail, or you can see that with time, little by little, you will SUCCEED. That is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.
A fixed mindset does not serve you in this world. It means you are not willing to learn and believe most things come “naturally” to certain talented people. This almost universally is not true. It’s nurture not nature. It’s about the environment where you plant yourself. A fixed mindset is not always easy to see in yourself. You may be fixed in areas of your life that you don’t even realize. Just because you’re fixed in some areas doesn’t mean you don’t have a growth mindset in other areas.
Growth mindset is the most beneficial to have in all scenarios and phases of life. A growth mindset involves seeing that EVERYTHING takes practice to be good at it. Every phase, challenge, and goal involves the ability to learn, change, and grow. If you believe you can grow through a challenge, you are more likely to stick through the hard parts and succeed in the end. If you are fixed, and believe you could never achieve or grow in whatever the challenge; quite frankly you will not!
Learning to have a growth mentality when learning languages is a MUST. You have a long path to take to becoming fluent. That is why seeing the small improvements along the way, being consistent in your practice and efforts, and appreciating your growth are all parts of successfully approaching a long hard task like learning a language!
If you are fixed and think Spanish comes naturally to some and to “me” it doesn’t, you will not have the stamina to push through the challenge. Like so many things in life, it’s a marathon not a sprint. That being said, it’s not all about the push; It’s about the flow too! Going with the flow through learning something new brings it about even faster!
In conclusion, focus on your growth and learn to go with the flow through the learning process of becoming bilingual. I love helping clients learn how to set their pace, and remind them to enjoy the process while challenging them to grow. Contact me to learn more about your ability to GROW through learning Spanish. With a growth mindset, you too can become bilingual! ¡VAMOS!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!