How to Grow the Brain and Learn to Love Learning–10 Life Principles

“Hold on to your own convictions, despite what society and other people want you to believe.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Be more open and curious by embracing the goal of life-long “learning”. Learn something new everyday.
  2. Find Courage and Mental Toughness by embracing Vulnerability and Failure. Learn the lesson form screwing-up  and then show resilience by snapping back into action.
  3. Accept imperfection by building more competence and confidence through increased Self-Efficacy
  4. Feel Compassion: For Yourself and Others
  5. Except Uncertainty and change with more ease
  6. Express and show more gratitude and kindness toward others
  7. Physically Present yourself in a more assertive and positive manner
  8. Be more mindful and present in the “here and now”
  9. Play and Learn More: Take on learning challenges, try new things, be “gritty” and have fun!
  10. Give Trust away…






Weekly Quote and Growth Mindset Challenge

Weekly Quote for Growth Mindset: “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for…We can discover meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by creating good work or doing a deed for others; (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone in a positive way; and (3) by the attitude we take toward life experiences and unavoidable suffering (learning).” Viktor Frankl

Coaching Challenge: Make your meaning by learning something new everyday and making the effort to do the best you can every moment by challenging yourself to overcome difficulties and learn the lessons provide you in every situation and every difficult interaction in life.

Lesson By Michael Jordan: Success–God Given or Part of Effort and Growth Mindset

Lesson from Michael Jordan –What does effort and persistence look like when you don’t give-up? Air Jordan Lengdary Commercial: This clip can be used to communicate and reinforce that great things can happen when someone has passion,persistence, a learning plan and strategies, an open and growth mindset, and does not give up. Not everyone can be a super star like Jordan, but everyone can grow and turn their potential into better performance. The message here is that you are not just born with talent and skills but is grown through hard work and set backs are part of the learning performance journey.

Self- Coaching Challenge: Taking Responsibility for Your Career Decisions and Growth.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility”. Eleanor Roosevelt

Answer these questions to gauge were you are in taking responsibility for your career and life.

Did I do my best to be happy?

Did I do my best to create positive relationships?

Did I do my best in setting goals for advancement?

Did I do my best to achieve these goals?

Did I do my best to let people know that I want to learn more and to take on more responsibility?

Did I do my best to take courses and other development activities so I could advance?

Did I do my best to find my passion, invest in myself through gaining experience, increase my knowledge, and continuously improve my skills and knowledge?

Did I do mybest at establishing good workplace habits and eliminating worst ones quickly?

Did I do my best to establish a mentor relationship with someone at work?

Did I do my best to understand what my strengths are, and what my weaknesses are, by seeking feedback on my performance?

Self-Coaching Challenge: From the above reflections set a goal to accomplish that shows your desire and motivation to take charge of your career.