New year, new me is a common phrase many people say at the beginning of every year and I'm guilty of this myself. But for me, it's actually like: new year, same me just a new day in a new year. (lol) I recently saw a post on Instagram and I can't remember it verbatim but it said something along the lines of: your mindset doesn't change because of a new location, it changes due to growth. This really resonated with me because it's true. Now that I moved to a new city it hit me that if I want different, I REALLY have to move different. It's time to elevate my mindset. I'm growing and glowing and have to have a growth mindset. Carol Dweck, an American psychologist with extensive research on human motivation, coined the terms: growth mindset and fixed mindset. She describes a growth mindset as: intelligence that can be developed, embraces challenge, a desire to learn, persists in the face of setbacks, learns from criticism, find lessons and inspiration in the success of others which can lead to higher levels of achievement and ultimately a greater sense of free will. On the other hand, there is a fixed mindset: intelligence is static, avoids challenges, gives up easily, sees effort as fruitless or worse, ignores useful negative feedback, feels threatened by the success of others which can lead to plateauing early or achieving less than their potential.
I'm trying to have a growth mindset for all of 2022 and the years to follow. Dweck writes, "In the growth mindset, failure can be a painful experience but it doesn’t define you. It’s a problem to be faced, dealt with, and learned from.” That's powerful. Don't let those failures or setbacks define you, get back up and try again no matter how many times it takes. I've started to use the growth mindset in all areas of my life specifically working out. I took a break from running and working out after I completed my marathon and as of lately it's been a struggle to start working out again. All last week, I planned to wake up at 5:30am to workout but it never happened. I would hear my alarm go off and hit the snooze button. My mentality was if I didn't workout in the morning, I missed my opportunity to workout for the day. I had to change my mentality from not working out in the morning = no workout at all to not working out in the morning = working out another time during the day. That may seem like a small example but all you need is a small change in one area of your life to lead to major changes in another area.
Speaking of major changes, it's been one month since I moved to LA! Woohoo, happy one month anniversary to me!! It's been a good first month. Another change happening is I will be officially living on my own. My sister starts travel nursing next month so I'll have the apartment to myself until June. It's a little nerve wrecking for me. The Lord definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone and even though I've wanted this for a long time...it feels different now that I actually have it. Be ready to receive what you prayed for, they say, and I do believe I am ready, I just have to let go of the fear I have. I will not let fear hinder the growth!
Scribble Pooh <3