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Promise Informed is a Growth Mindset

Updated: Jul 22, 2019

By Melanie Jager July 12, 2019

It is important to acknowledge that the Promise Informed Framework is based on many contributing factors. It is not a singular practice but rather a carefully constructed engagement framework that combines researched best practices, proven scientific neurology, and success principles.

Promise Informed thinking begins as you establish and develop your Promise Informed mindset. Therefore, an understanding of mindset is helpful to new learning surrounding the Promise Informed Framework.

In this blog we will explore the conditions and impact of fixed and growth mindsets.

NOTE: It is a growth mindset that is conducive to Promise Informed practices and outcomes.

The following excerpts are from "Mindsets: What They Are and Why They Matter" by Gary Klein, Ph.D., which will help to qualify our exploration and will show the contrasting conditions of fixed and growth mindsets.

Dr. Klein explains:

  • A mindset is a belief that orients the way we handle situations — the way we sort out what is going on and what we should do. Our mindsets help us spot opportunities but they can trap us in self-defeating cycles.

  • Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets. If we have a fixed mindset that our ability is innate, then a failure can be unsettling because it makes us doubt how good we are.  In contrast, if we have a growth mindset then we expect that we can improve our ability — and a failure shows us what we need to work on. People with a fixed mindset are out to prove themselves, and get very defensive when someone suggests they made a mistake — they measure themselves by their failures. People with a growth mindset often show perseverance and resilience when they’ve committed errors — they become more motivated to work harder. You can imagine how much this fixed vs growth mindset can affect our lives.

  • Mindsets aren’t just any beliefs.  They are beliefs that orient our reactions and tendencies. They serve a number of cognitive functions. They let us frame situations: they direct our attention to the most important cues, so that we’re not overwhelmed with information. They suggest sensible goals so that we know what we should be trying to achieve.  They prime us with reasonable courses of action so that we don’t have to puzzle out what to do.  When our mindsets become habitual, they define who we are, and who we can become.

  • One of the most powerful aspects of mindsets is how quickly they can be shifted, and how powerful the consequences can be. Unlike skills that have to be practiced again and again, mindsets sometimes show dramatic shifts.

  • Mindsets are powerful, and shifting them can be sudden and transformative.

Promise Informed is a growth mindset. It is established and developed through the use of systems, standards, beliefs, and practices that make up the Promise Informed Framework. If you would like more information on Promise Informed - please connect with us through our website.

"The new innovation in education, business, and life is your mindset." ~ The Promise Group

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