Session 8: A Growth Mindset

Opportunities are knocking if you're up for the challenge

Hello everyone!

Our minds are a very powerful tool. They can be used to self-sabotage or they can be used to overcome serious obstacles. I’ve done a bit of reading/listening to Carol Dweck - the leader in Growth Mindsets vs Fixed Mindsets and how they are related to students in the classroom. I know that those students who think they can learn math are more likely to actually learn it. If we can get 6th graders to like math, imagine what we could do with runners who already like running!

Like I wrote in this week’s blog post - Adapting to a Growth Mindset - I looked at what we (runners) can do to boost our performance. And how do we do it?

With a growth mindset.

Here’s how to have a growth mindset in running:

1) Look at a new race on the calendar as an opportunity instead of a burden.

2) Accept struggle, failure, and setbacks as part of the sport.

3) Embrace hard work, putting in effort, and accepting negative criticism

Armed with these possibilities, we can go out and make conscious decisions to live in a growth mindset. When we do that, our potential is limitless.

For more info about Fixed vs Growth mindset, Carol Dweck is your go-to source.

Big Events this Weekend:

  • Bob races a 10k at the USATF NJ Masters Track & Field Championships

  • Run the Ave 5k is Sunday (Vineland, NJ). I’m a sponsor of the race and will be there providing race-day support!

  • Speed Sessions (details and link below) —>

Cherry Hill/Marlton:

June 30th 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS- Running Technique
July 3rd - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS - Acceleration
July 6th - AM 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS - Plyometrics
July 19th - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS - Force
July 21st - AM 8:00-9:30 AM - Cherokee HS - Agility
July 25th - PM 6:30-8:00 PM - Cherry Hill East HS- Power

Track Academy: 2 weeks of small group instruction for 3rd through 8th grade track and field athletes in the Cinnaminson area.

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Your sprains and strains may just need a little “PEACE” and “LOVE”

Video: Growth Mindset summary

‘Gram: Tinman Elite - this Colorado-based elite team is running well and documents their journey

Quote of the Day:

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha

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