Creating a Hopeful Mindset

“Change isn’t like surgery.  Even when you change, the old beliefs aren’t just removed like a worn-out hip or knee and replaced with better ones.  Instead, the new beliefs take their place alongside the old ones, and as they become stronger, they give you a different way to think, feel and act.

The brain forms new connections and “grows” when people practice and learn new things.  When you learn new things, these tiny connections in the brain actually multiply and get stronger.  The more that you challenge your mind to learn, the more brain cells grow.  Then, things that you once found very hard or even impossible….seem to become easy.  The result is a stronger, smarter brain.”

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.  Mindset:  The New Psychology of Success, (Random House Books, 2008)

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