If we were to dig deep. If we were to view ourselves as competent. If we were to stretch ourselves and stick to that stretch in the face of failure. If we were cool with a self image that is not based solely on whether we are successful or not, but rather on what we’ve learned from our efforts. And if we were to truly understand that our potential is unknown, would we find ourselves embracing a new way of living, learning, working and growing together?
Carol Dweck, (2006) https://www.stanford.edu/dept/psychology/cgi-bin/drupalm/cdweck gets us thinking about these “ifs” and notes “The view that you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”
Morgan Shea, a tween with a playful passion to put our perceptions to the test, notes that it is easy to form our own ideas around any situation in life. We grow and learn when we reach an intersection, one that challenges our understanding and our indifference to the world around us, to those around us. She asks us to think carefully about how our perceptions impact the way we view ourselves and the way we see and treat others. If we make a slight change in our perspective, or in our mindset, would we see something new?
Tomorrow brings a new school year! Best wishes for a year that reveals more of the potential within each and every one of us!