Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is believing that basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Creating a love for learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. (edglossary.org/growth-mindset/)

Mindset is everything in our lives that affects the way we perceive what “should be.” It is the key to achieving our goals. It is dynamic, not idle or stagnant, and something to be cultivated. Mindset is what YOU choose it to be.

“Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.” – Amit Ray

This month we pushed ourselves to be uncomfortable. We asked you all to join us as
we stretched out minds out of the typical “that was too hard” to think “This may
take some time.”

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Developing a growth mindset will take time, but as we focus inward at how we perceive things that happen in our lives and how we react to them, we can start to expand our minds. We have the ability to change our own abilities based on our mindset alone.

“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing
it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like
it or not.” – Virgil Garnett Thomson

Once we start to expand our minds we become capable of our wildest dreams.  Your mindset not only starts to shape who we are but what we get out of every situation. Beginning the journey to cultivate a growth mindset will benefit the way we learn, help us to get over obstacles faster, and strengthen our healthy disregard for the impossible. Think to yourself “I can’t do this YET.

Changing your thoughts takes practice and encouragement. Pay attention to the progress you are making – and cheer yourself on along the way! Save one of the wallpapers below for a bit of reassurance each time you pick up your phone.

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LeaderShape Welcomes New Trustees in 2017!

 

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The LeaderShape board is an amazing group of individuals who provide guidance and strategy for the organization since its incorporation 29 years ago. Some of these individuals have been with the organization throughout its existence providing wisdom and connection to our past. Some of them have been with us for only a few years, providing their expertise and guidance when their busy lives allowed. We are so fortunate to have them represent the organization serving as our loudest cheerleaders.

As a part of a review that was conducted a few years ago, the board instituted term limits as a way of insuring that new blood and energy was brought into the group consistently and efficiently. With those limits, we have thanked a handful of trustees for their contributions as they step off and welcomed some other folks willing to fill their shoes. This past year, LeaderShape added a few individuals to the board. We thought you might like to know who they are.

Dr. Jeanine Ward-Roof serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Ferris State University in Michigan. Jeanine has been a strong supporter of LeaderShape when she was at Clemson and Florida State. Given her responsibilities, she is not able to serve as a Co-Lead Facilitator of the Institute as much as she used to, but she still keeps her eyes and ears open for opportunities and good people to send our way.

Dr. Jamie Washington serves as a principal of the Washington Consulting Group based out of Baltimore. He is perhaps the most widely respected and known facilitator in the area of social justice within higher education. Jamie has served as a Co-Lead Facilitator of the Institute for at least a dozen years, making sure to include LeaderShape every summer. His laugh is legendary.

Dr. Deneece Huftalin serves as the President of the Salt Lake Community College system. SLCC is one of the largest community college systems in the United States so she has her hands full on a daily basis. Deneece has been involved as a Co-Lead Facilitator just a little longer than Jeanine and Jamie, always bringing her sense of humor and self-deprecating stories to the curriculum.

Dr. Tisa Mason serves as the President of Valley City State University in North Dakota. Tisa has a long and successful career working in student affairs at various institutions. Two areas of expertise that Tisa brings to LeaderShape involve her work with Fraternity and Sororities on a national level as well as her work with campus activities.

We are so happy and fortunate to have these four amazing LeaderShapers on the Board of Trustees! As you can see, our emphasis this year has been adding individuals from the field of higher education as we continue to reach more and more colleges and universities wishing to partner with LeaderShape. We look forward to their guidance, wisdom, challenges, and energy.

Please visit our website at www.leadershape.org to see the other trustees on the board and learn more about the organization.

A Few Words from Paul: Renewal

shutterstock_145220275I’m not a big fan of Spring.

For some reason, I always think of this season as muddy, rainy, unsettled, and overall sort of depressing. By far, my least favorite season. Yep, very aware that I am odd at times. This more or less proves it.

What makes it even harder to understand for me is that I love baseball and spring training. Hated rain outs even though I did play in Arizona while in college so it didn’t happen often. Even more odd, right? I can be hard to figure out. Ask the staff (smile).

As I struggle through the season, I’ve been thinking a lot about my outlook toward spring asking what can I appreciate about it. Such a novel approach, I know. So, somewhat reluctantly, I’ve been focusing on this concept of renewal as it relates to spring and to my life. I do think that I have personally gone through a period of renewal. Not sure that I can recall one as vividly as this one.

I’ve been really happy lately. Like nauseatingly happy.

For the past five years, I really felt that my life was going to be LeaderShape and my kids (not necessarily in that order) and that would be it. Pretty much reserved myself to this path. Then it happened. I stopped thinking that. In a moment. I just did.

Finding someone to share your life with is amazing. Not necessary to be happy, but it doesn’t hurt either. Though she had to ask me out over 30 times (I think it was more like 15), I decided to change. Decided to stop beating myself up. I took a chance. To live.

Damn, that was scary.

What if it doesn’t work out? What if my kids hate her? What if her kids hate me? What if I do something wrong? All very inspiring questions. Then it hit me. Those moments we face are exactly what renewal is all about. Having another opportunity. A chance to start again. An opportunity to develop a new perspective. The moment to make a different decision about my life. A time to brush off the cobwebs, the mud, the weather, and begin again. This time with a little more bounce in my step. With a little more wisdom. Another perspective.

We all need renewal. The time and space to reflect, think, apply the lessons we have learned. Come out of the dark places with the intent to try again. Call it resilience, perseverance, determination, etc. It is about knowing that we have another chance. They call it a mulligan in golf or a short memory in baseball. Give it another shot.

That is the essence of renewal. Possibility.

The possibility to be happier than you were yesterday. Over the top happy. Even if you do have a rainout every now and then. Even in Arizona.

Enjoy your season of renewal and don’t forget to bring an umbrella.

Just in case.

Paul

Paul is the President of LeaderShape and pinches himself everyday for that opportunity. He is a father, son, soon-to-be-husband, athlete, avid reader, eternal optimist, and sucker for the underdog.