One of the suggestions Chip and Dan Heath make in their book Switch to address our emotional response to change (the elephant) is to encourage a growth mindset. In this short clip from a training session I recently delivered on change, I discuss how I applied this during a time of difficult change in my own life.
In times of uncertainly and fearful change, don’t focus on the things you cannot control. Pour your effort instead into the things you can control. Work hard, work smart, and remain thankful for the opportunity to compete. If you truly give your best effort and a goal remains elusive, then simply change your goal. In so many areas of work and life, the only way you can really lose is to quit, letting yourself become mired in the mud of conformity and complacency.
Even when you can’t become the best player in the game, the belief that you can’t improve is the primary constraint to becoming a better player. Never allow anyone, including yourself, to put you in that cage. Always encourage effort.
Please take a few minutes to watch the video. After you do, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.