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The growth mindset

Written by Nana Kwame Owusu-Afriyie.

Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen. (NLT) 2 Peter 3:18

One book that I read had such a profound impact on my assessment of life challenges is Carol S. Dweck’s Mindset – The New Psychology of Success. An eminent Stanford professor of psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in her decades of research that when it comes to mindset types, we either have a growth type or a fixed type.

The growth mindset is the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts in spite of your given talents, aptitude, interests, temperaments and so on. On the other hand, people with a fixed mindset believe that their congenital qualities are carved in stones and there is no way they can change.

Scriptures enjoin us to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ Like the Apostle Paul, Christians with the growth mindset strive on towards the goal. They don’t allow the challenges of this life to freeze them into inaction. They are able to do this because they renew their minds every day (Romans 12:2) as they bathe their souls in the word of God.

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