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When you hear the word mindset what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it what we think, what we perceive, what we feel? If you said any of these, you are correct. There are two basic mindset: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. What does this have to do with gymnastics, a ton.
Characteristics of Fixed Mindset
In a fixed mindset and athlete sees their basic qualities, talents, abilities and intelligence as fixed, not capable of change, or limited. These athletes are constantly checking and rechecking how much of each day of these they have or how much others (parents, coaches, teammates) believe they have. Because of this perception they believe they are either intelligent or stupid, or talented or talentless. These views create anxiety, fear and a limiting view on what effort can provide them.
Characteristics of Growth Mindset
A growth mindset the athlete views their talents, abilities, and intelligence as something that can be improved through hard work, dedication, and perseverance. This form of mindset is adaptable, flexible and ever changing. This athlete sees a hurdle as an opportunity to learn and grow rather than a gauge that they have limited abilities.
Mindset is the tip of the iceberg as a gymnast what type of mindset you have will have a ton to do with how you see challenges in the gym, it can also lead to mental blocks. Where is your athlete on this chart?
In the next few post I will be writing now how to deal with a fixed mindset and what you as a parent can do to set the example and help you child through fixing their fixed mindset.