The research says that students with a fixed mindset believe that their basic abilities, intelligence, and talents are fixed traits. Students with a growth mindset believe that those abilities, intelligence and talents can be developed with dedication and hard work. In study after study, the professor leading this movement has shown that students with a growth mindset outperform those with a fixed mindset....especially because when difficulty comes along (and it always does), students with a fixed mindset give up because they think it means their intelligence/talents/etc just aren't enough. Students with a growth mindset value the process...and so one more challenge does not throw them.
Why does this matter for the planet?
Start celebrating that you are trying to make a difference for the planet. Start right now, with my whole-hearted congratulations.
Enviro(ish) is here to congratulate you on each and every step - and encourage you to keep going. The growth mindset is what being enviro(ish) is all about!
And if you want to grow your mindset even more for the planet...ponder this: Your day-to-day behaviors and choices are not fixed either. The only thing making them "fixed" is your belief that they are. Stop believing that being eco is too hard, too difficult, too expensive....we give up before we've even tried. We are the choices we make, and the best part of that statement is that choices are easy to change. Don't limit your own ability to make a different choice or to take that next eco step. You'll be amazed how easy it really is.
Here's a quick summary of growth mindset thanks to Khan Academy. Did this inspire you to be environmentalish? What inspires you to be more eco everyday?