Identifying Successful Characteristics – Step 1

We have some questions for you. These questions are going to help you create awareness of your mindset as a coach, player or parent.

We believe that mindset is the foundation to success. Your thought process and attitude towards a situation can be the difference between success and failure. There is a ton of research to back this up. Many self help books talk about the things that successful people all have in common. Most coaching books even talk about the structure for success from the coach writing or co-authoring the book. We feel that this information is vital to success and want to break this down and make it as simple as possible for you. Here are the big takeaway points organized into a step by step process.

STEP 1: Creating Awareness

Ask yourself these questions…

QUESTION 1: Do you believe that players are NOT capable of greatly improving their shooting ability?

QUESTION 2: Do you cringe when you see a really good team next on your schedule?

QUESTION 3: Do you believe hard work and effort is an emphasis for lack of talent?

QUESTION 4: When a coach or administrator or parent gives you feedback or criticism do you get defensive or greatly annoyed and take it personal?

QUESTION 5: Do you blame the players, coaches and/or officials when you lose or fail?

Did you answer YES to any of these questions?

If you answered NO to all of these questions above then congratulations! You are most likely on a path to success! However, if you answered YES to any of these 5 questions you have what we call a FIXED MINDSET.

There are two types of mindsets. A FIXED MINDSET and a GROWTH MINDSET. One of these mindsets leads to success while the other often leads to failure.

FIXED MINDSET

A fixed mindset displays the following behavior:

SKILL – is something you are born with and if you don’t have talent then you can’t be a good player.

CHALLENGES – are something to avoid because they could reveal a lack of skill or preparation. When faced with a challenge fixed mindset individuals tend to give up easily.

EFFORT – is unnecessary at all times and is useful for those who lack skill or talent.

FEEDBACK or CRITICISM – is taken personally and when faced with feedback or criticism a fixed mindset individual gets defensive.

FAILURE – brings blame against others and causes the individual to become discouraged.

These are all characteristics or what we call fruit of a fixed mindset individual. When you identify these characteristics in yourself it shows that you are displaying a fixed mindset.

GROWTH MINDSET

A growth mindset displays the following behavior:

SKILL – comes from hard work and effort and can always improve.

CHALLENGES – are embraced and provide an opportunity to become better and grow. Individuals with a growth mindset have great persistence when faced with a challenge.

EFFORT – is essential at all times and is the path to mastering a task or skill.

FEEDBACK or CRITICISM – is welcomed and viewed as useful. Individuals with a growth mindset use feedback as a chance to identify weaknesses they can improve upon and use it to learn.

FAILURE – is viewed as a wakeup call and a reason to work harder and smarter the next time.

These are all characteristics or “fruit” of a growth mindset individual. When you identify these characteristics in yourself it shows that you are displaying a growth mindset and display characteristics that are going to prepare you for success.