Cluster 1 - Providing Flexibility

The Mind Matters Show - Flexible Thinking
Creating a flexible mindset
Mentally flexible people have an expansive way of perceiving the world. Similar to physical flexibility, mental or psychological flexibility requires challenging the mind to go beyond its typical range of motion. A flexible mindset can lead to better problem-solving, enhanced creativity and less suffering after setbacks. Develop mental flexibility by overriding your fixed mindset, changing your mental perceptions, and implementing new exercises.
Bring awareness to close-mindedness
A fixed mindset is narrow and insecure. You might have a fixed mindset if you view challenges negatively, think your abilities are static, and feel threatened by others’ successes. Those with a growth, or flexible, mindset believe they can enhance their skills with hard work and persistence.
Challenge defensiveness
If you find yourself constantly justifying, making excuses, or defending your choices, you may need to expand your mindset. Notice your thoughts and words, and start to challenge any defensive language.
Praise effort instead of character traits
If you have a fixed mindset, you perceive being smart or creative as a characteristic that you either have or don’t. This can tank your self-esteem and cause. you to shy away from challenges. Adopt a growth mindset by switching your focus to effort instead of static characteristics.
Learn how to take criticism
Your fixed mindset voice might tell you to ignore or defend yourself against criticism. However, a flexible mindset voice knows that you require feedback to grow. Actively seek out opportunities to improve by getting feedback from others.
Express curiosity
A great way to improve mental flexibility is to adopt a beginner’s mind. When you enter a situation, no matter if it is familiar or not, take on a childlike sense of wonder and exploration. Oftentimes, you may be so obsessed with competing or impressing others that you may miss a chance to learn something new.
View difficult tasks as learning opportunities
When you develop mental flexibility, you use any and every obstacle as an opportunity for self-development. Don’t scurry away from problems or pass off challenging tasks to someone else. Dive in head first and activate your creative thinking skills.
Persist despite setbacks
 If you happen to take on a challenge that doesn’t end favourably, continue on anyway. Challenges are not designed to defeat you—they are designed to help you develop mastery. It’s okay to take some time to regroup and lick your wounds, but never allow a setback to knock you completely off course.
Find a role model
You probably know someone who has a flexible mindset and who could serve as a role model for you. This might be a friend, co-worker, member of your religious group, or even just an acquaintance. Observe how this person behaves in situations that might challenge you and look for ways that you can adopt their habits.

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* 1. Your intelligence is something very basic about you that you can’t change very much

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* 2. No matter how much intelligence you have, you can always change it quite a bit

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* 3. Only a few people will be truly good at sports, you have to be born with the ability

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* 4. The harder you work at something, the better you will be

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* 5. I often get angry when I get feedback about my performance

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* 6. I appreciate when people, parents, coaches or teachers give me feedback about my performance

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* 7. Truly smart people do not need to try hard

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* 8. You can always change how intelligent you are

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* 9. You are a certain kind of person and there is not much that can be done to really change that

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* 10. An important reason why I do my school work is that I enjoy learning new things

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