Growth Mindset for the Bar Exam

Mindset Matters

You’re at the point of studying where it’s getting hard. So hard that you are not sure if you can do it. When faced with a challenge, it is completely normal to feel self-doubt. People deal with these feelings of doubt one of two ways: Some give up, some push forward. The difference is not ability or intelligence. The difference is mindset.

Fixed Mindset v. Growth Mindset

If you have a fixed mindset you believe that qualities like ability and intelligence are fixed. If you have a fixed mindset you believe that talent dictates success. You quit.

If you have a growth mindset you believe that ability is a skill that can be learned and developed. If you have a growth mindset you believe that talent is a part of the equation, it is the starting point. Effort, changing strategies, getting input from others, and resilience are what leads to success. You keep going.

It’s Decision Time

You are at a pivotal point in bar study. Yes, it is hard and yes, your confidence is wavering. How you handle it is what matters. If you are looking for an excuse to quit, you can stop reading. Give up and never find out what you are capable of doing.  Let the bar exam win.

If you want this, then let’s keep going. Stanford Psychologist Carol Dweck is the leading expert on motivation and mindset. Dweck says we must acknowledge that we all have fixed and growth mindsets. In order to develop a better growth mindset, we must first acknowledge the fixed mindset feelings. We must also acknowledge the the next step is a choice. We can choose to give in to the fixed mindset or chose to respond with a growth mindset attitude. How can you do that? Below is a wonderful graphic with 9 ways to acknowledge and respond to a fixed mindset.

growth-mindset

You can do this.

-KSK

 

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