I was recently introduced to Carol Dwek's work on Growth versus the fixed mindset. Firstly the mind is not set at all, it is plastic and can make all sorts of connections through the neural pathways. It only becomes fixed through education and attitudinal conditioning.
A fixed mindset focuses on results rather than the process. It sees life in black and white terms of winners and losers. It has an uneasy relationship with failure. It is best summed up with these sayings:
Either you have got it or you don't ,
You either win or your lose,
You can't teach an old dog new tricks
Results are all that matters
You are born smart or you aren't
A growth mindset is concerning with learning and understanding. It welcomes feedback. It realises that attitude and effort determine our results. It sees failure as part of the learning process.
It prefers sayings such as:
I can't do this..yet
Tell me where I can improve
What have I learnt today
Where there is a will, there is a way
There is not failure, there is only feedback.
A healthy mind is a growth mind because it fosters adaptability, flexibility and non self judgement. It innovates, and changes day by day. It focuses on how we can improve, how we can growth and how we can enable and therefore is intrinsically connected to mental and emotional resilience.