Growth mindset vs fixed mindset

Your coaching team at CrossFit Hard have three core values:

  1. Make a difference
  2. Be a pro
  3. Constantly improve

Every day is a chance to become just a little bit better than you were the previous day.

I work on myself not only physically but mentally as well. I am constantly learning how to be a better version of who I can be through coaching (yes I have my own coach) reading, podcasts, videos, etc. One of the most recent subjects I have been studying is on mindset. I highly recommend the book - Mindset by Carol Dweck. 

Everyone has a different mindset with everything, that’s why people have character and personalities.  Mindset is really just a way of looking at something, like the glass is half full or it is half empty. Nothing has changed physically about the glass of water, but how we think about the water is drastically different. Obviously we want to have the best mindset possible but the thing is we developed this mind-set throughout our lives so we have to actively change it for the better. The mindsets I want to touch upon though are growth vs fixed.

Fixed mindset: Is believing that ones’ talents will lead to success and qualities, traits and intelligence are fixed.

Growth mindset: Believing that your abilities can be developed and success is created through hard work.

This is a pretty simple concept, basically believe you can, work hard, and then you will succeed.  I think most people would like to think this, but do you actually carry this out? I think it may not be so black and white but many people fall in between these two categories.  One of the biggest take-a-ways I have gotten from the growth vs fixed mindset is how much failure plays a roll. People with a fixed mindset won't do something because they think they will fail or if they do fail it won't be their fault.  People with a growth mindset will use failures as a learning opportunity and a challenge, they take responsibility.  When was the last time you didn’t do something because you thought you were going to fail? Often times we didn’t start out this way either. As we grow older, society tells us that it is bad to fail and we slowly stop attempting new things or accepting that we are bad at something. Or we may get complemented, praised, or receive a ribbon for everything as a kid and as we get older we don't know how to receive criticism or failure.  

When it comes to the gym, some people may struggle with putting on strength or losing weight. Some people it will just be a little more challenging for.  I could easily make the excuse that I will never have a six pack or be able to lift a certain weight. That I have bad genetics or am too old. Sure it may be harder for some people to achieve certain fitness goals. Excuses are so easy to throw around and it makes it much easier for us to accept failure instead of really putting HARD work in.

So how do we get better at having a growth mindset? Well just like with anything we have to work on it. It takes practice and we consciously have to think about it. One way we can start changing is how we react to situations. Notice the next time we don't want to do things because we are afraid to fail and then go out and do it.  Whats the worst that can happen? You fail! you would have failed anyway if you didn't do it. Or if you do fail at something, instead of passing the blame onto someone or something, take ownership. Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky are legends in their sport and the fixed mindset person would say they have god given talent and that they were naturals but actually got where they are through hard work and failing forward.

Michael Jordan quote “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Wayne Gretzky quote “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take it.”

Both of these guys got to where they are through hard work and learning from their failures.  It is a constant process and this mindset has to be adopted in order for you to grow as a person. So I challenge every one to do something new or old and fail at it, but be ok with that.  The key is learn from it and adapt that is how we get better!



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Today's WOD



Stretching (25 sec ea. Or 2 sec. holds x 10 reps)

With Green band
Hammy’s L
Hammy’s L 45 degress
Hammy’s/Groin L leg drop to floor
Hip Flexor/Quad:  Flip over, stretch band from behind over shoulder, drive hip into floor, squeeze butt
Same thing above for Right Side
Lat/Tricep stretch, lean body against doorway or beam L/R
Chest Stretch using doorway
Seated Hip Stretch, sit on 18” box cross one leg over other, press down on knee, pull foot towards you

Metcon (AMRAP - Rounds and Reps)

Relay style AMRAP 20 Minutes

5 Wallball (20/14) – 10′ target
10 Alternating Overhead Lunges (45/25)
50 Double Unders

- Only one person works at a time.
- Alternate EACH exercise



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