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Mindset and Hearing Loss

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Here’s a powerful statement that caught my eye from Carol Dweck’s bookMindset: The New Psychology of Success:

“How can we know where effort and time will take someone?” 

People tend to think of their communication and listening skills as fixed and unchanging.

They don’t realize that with time and effort, both their listening and communication skills can improve, especially with the use of LACE training

Dweck points out people with a fixed mindset tend to think, “If you don’t have the ability, why waste your time? (If you can’t draw, play the guitar, run very fast, why bother?)”

The fixed mindset creates the feeling you can really know the permanent truth about yourself.

In contrast, the growth mindset results in a life dedicated to the idea skills can be developed.

With a growth mindset you don’t always need confidence. You just need curiosity and interest. Even when you think you’re not good at something, you can still plunge in wholeheartedly.  You take the plunge simply because you want to learn.

How liberating is that? 

You can change your mindset. 

Dweck’s book has had a positive effect on mine.  Maybe I’ll go sign up for some guitar lessons ... hmmm

You can find out which mindset you are at

http://tinyurl.com/testyourmindset

Sandra Vandenhoff is an audiologist with hearing loss, founder of HEARa, Hearing Strategies coach, speaker, and Canadian author. She would love to play the guitar.  

 

 

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