Identifying Successful Characteristics – Step 3

WE BELIEVE this is HUGE!!!

STEP 3: Focusing on The Process vs. The Outcome!

For Coaches, Players, Parents or really anyone, this is by far the most critical step in establishing a GROWTH MINDSET.

It is the real life application of seeing a transformation from a FIXED MINDSET to a GROWTH MINDSET.
We apply this to shooting all the time. If you have watched any of our 200+ videos on YouTube you will hear us talk about process focused coaching as opposed to result focused coaching.

We believe the effective way to teach shooting (or any other skill for that matter) is to be focused on the process while letting the results point you to areas in the process.

You see, this is where it gets tricky. It again comes back to BALANCE. You can’t be totally fixated on the results. You also can’t be totally fixated on the process. There has to be a balance with more focus on the process. The result should act as a guide when navigating through the process. It’s like reading a map when taking a trip. The map shows you the destination (or result) you just have to find the directions (or process) to get there.

GETTING RESULTS

A research study was conducted by selecting 400 students from all different backgrounds and splitting them into two groups of 200. Each group was given a simple verbal IQ test. The only difference that was presented to the two groups was the feedback they were given during and after the test.

The first group, we will call them Group A, was given the test and when finished they were provided feedback on their intelligence. They were told they did well and that it must be because they were really smart at this sort of stuff.

The second group, Group B, was given the test and when finished they were provided feedback on their effort. They were told they did well and that it must be because they worked really hard at it.

Just the slight difference of ways they were praised made a huge difference in the approach, or MINDSET, for future tasks. They were next given another test and were provided with two different options.

Option 1: The next test would be a harder version of the test but provided an opportunity for the students to learn and grow.

Option 2: The next test would be an easier test and one that they would surely do well on.

The Group A students that were praised for intelligence when asked to choose showed shocking results. 67% of them showed a FIXED MINDSET characteristic by choosing the easier test. The group B students that were praised for effort when asked to choose showed results in the opposite direction. 92% of the Group B students showed a GROWTH MINDSET characteristic by choosing the harder test.
Even though both groups were given praise the praise of intelligence triggered a Fixed Mindset response because it focused on praising a result. The praise of effort triggered a Growth Mindset response because it focused on praising a process.

An even more interesting result of this study is that both groups were last given a 4th test that was equal to the original test. The group that were praised for their intelligence and develop the fixed mindset saw their average scores lower by 20%.

On the other hand, the group praised for their effort and showing the growth mindset characteristics were given the 4th test and their average scores actually increased by 30%.

Just because of the difference in mindset caused by a slight change the ultimate outcome was a 50% shift in scores. It really goes to show that focusing on the process can highly benefit players and coaches. That a fixed mindset isn’t necessarily FIXED at all as it allows for atrophy (the opposite or growth).