Recently I’ve found myself immersed in Carol Dweck’s book, ‘Mindset: Change the way you think to fulfil your potential.’.

It was Dweck who came up with the notion of the growth mindset i.e. a way of thinking where you believe that you have the potential to learn how to do whatever you want. Someone with a growth mindset relishes challenges, is open to new ideas, likes to try new things and believes that the effort they put in determines their success.

I often say a visual thinking mindset is a growth mindset – with visual thinking we step out of our comfort zone, we are open to new ways of working and we test old limiting beliefs such as ‘I can’t draw’ or ‘I was never good at art at school so I’m going to be hopeless at this.’

And really, it starts with the belief. The more you believe you can do something the more effort you’ll put in and the more effort you put in the greater your sense of achievement. This achievement then reinforces your positive belief that you really can do whatever you set your mind to. And so the virtuous circle continues.

And if your starting point is a negative belief? If you genuinely believe you can’t draw/do an Ironman/solve quadratic equations?

Then look for evidence that challenges this. Recall past successes where you overcame limiting beliefs. Consider other ways of assessing your belief. Seek out evidence that supports the (true!) belief that you can do anything you set your mind to.

All the best,
Emer