Embracing the Process

Embracing the Process

By now, you probably have some awesome SMARTER goals written, but now what? Goals, even SMARTER goals, are pretty easy to set when given a solid framework and a little guidance. But now, it’s the hard part. Enter hard work, mind games, and the need for persistence and consistency. We find that achieving goals breaks down when people don’t embrace the process of goal achievement as one that inevitably has mistakes and discomfort. One’s ability to get past self-limiting thoughts, to learn from mistakes, and to stay motivated (see last week’s post) are critical to goal achievement. Dr. Carol S. Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers in motivation, has proposed the “Growth Mindset” based on decades of research on achievement and success. Simply, individuals with a growth mindset believe that their basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work, therefore embracing learning and exhibiting resilience. See Dr. Dweck’s book, Mindset, for more on motivation and productivity. We highly recommend it!

Working with our special needs population has taught us patience and to reframe mistakes and failures as learning opportunities. We find that this mindset is the most compassionate and loving way to build skills, to stay positive, and move forward even in the most challenging situations. Mistakes are proof that we are trying and making progress. We’ll take it!

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