Stereotypes exist throughout every stage of our lives. As we grow older, we set more and more into our personalities and character, and we don’t seem ever to change. However, as children and teenagers, our minds grow all the time, and we seem to be constantly changing and developing. This explains why children are much more capable of learning new skills, especially when compared to an elderly person.
It’s been proven though, as we grow older, that we become more embedded into who we are. Scientifically, the more we use certain parts of our brain, the more those neural paths are exercised, becoming. Therefore, the more likely we are to use them, embedded our personality and character, making it less likely for our minds to exercise other parts. Turns out, the saying ‘stubborn old man’, has more science behind it than we previously thought.
This theory is also backed up by various other studies. These studies show that the human brain is ‘inherently lazy’. This means that our brains will always choose the most energy efficient neural paths. That’s only if we unconsciously let it as we may have more control over our minds than we believe. Although due to the ageing of the brain, we won’t be able to learn as quickly as our child counterparts, we will still be able to develop and enhance other areas of our brain. This will result in a more agile brain alongside a tonne of other benefits to our everyday lives.
Hugo Chambers, a science writer for Academized, exclaims, “With regular training alongside a mentality that wants to expand and develop, it’s possible for individuals to start expanding their brains into a growth mindset today. However, your brain is locked into functions it may have been set in for years. It will take willpower and dedication to make the change.”
Benefits of Developing a Growing Mindset
As you can see from above, developing or maintaining a growth mindset is very possible. But, why does a growing mindset benefit us as human beings? We’ll explore some of the reasons below;
Increased Focus & Attention
To open up your mind again to help develop a growth mindset, it’s imperative that we open our minds up again to neural pathways that are unexercised, some of which may not have been actively used for decades. One of the best ways to reactive these pathways is by trying some new. Some of the best and most effective recommendations are to learn a new instrument or to learn a new language. Not only will the skill itself benefit you as a person, the activities and the act of learning will stimulate your brain, making it easier for you to learn something else new. The more you learn, the easier it is for you to learn.
Alice V. Soto, a psychiatrist and well-being Oxessays writer, continues, “Besides learning a new instrument or a new language, there are a ton of ways you can adapt your brain to increase and to help develop a growth mindset. If it’s more suited to you, taking up a new sport or a hobby that always has interested you are a great way to make a start. Set aside an hour a day to this new hobby. You’d be surprised how quickly you notice the benefits.”
Obviously, learning a new skill such as this will require willpower, motivation and dedication but, like learning, the more you try, the more you will succeed.
Repetition is Key
However, imagine you have opted for learning a new language. Once you have learned it, if you were never to use it again, you’ll quickly forget about it. The key to maintaining a healthy and active growth mindset is to repeat over and over again. It is good to have some useful grammar guides, for example, State of writing and Viawriting to check them from time to time and write down forgotten rules and words.
According to one research, it takes 144 days for a human brain to map a new motor cortex, such as the ones create while learning a new language. Again, aspects of human will such as willpower and self-control are needed to acquire and achieve this.
Also, scientifically proven that writing by hand activates our memory and makes us remember things longer. Have you ever noticed that you can forget the proper spelling of some words or even the word itself? It happens sometimes to all of us and there is no wonder why people start to take notes while getting older. Memory refreshing is not that hard as learning from the beginning.
This guest post was graciously provided by Brenda Berg. Brenda is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Paperfellows. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at Letsgoandlearn.com