Mindset-based learning leverages the modern understanding of the brain’s plastic nature, called neuroplasticity. Rather than allowing our genetics and circumstances to dictate our development, Mindset-based SEL empowers us to intentionally grow our brains and emotional functioning in the direction of ever higher levels of happiness and achievement.
Mindsets are structures of thinking, not specific behaviors or thoughts. They provide the foundation of authentic happiness and achievement holistically. They are the breeding ground not only to repair bad habits or thoughts, but also to develop “ways of thinking” that allow us to continually create and sustain new positive habits throughout our lives. Mindset-based SEL is the most powerful early in life through adolescence when our brain is the most malleable and able to form empowering, life-long thinking and habits.
The 7 Mindsets are a comprehensive blueprint for transforming the thought structures that dictate the levels of happiness and achievement we can attain. They have been organized to address all essential attributes of thriving. They drive a steady improvement of attitude and ignite greater hope and optimism. They foster both responsible self-knowledge and strong relational awareness. They orient us toward self-determination and growth-based thinking. They increase our sense of purpose and strengthen our capacity to engage more deeply and to be more fully present in life.