Reset the mind, fulfill your day

Intelligence isn’t fixed. We can change our mind just as we can change our bodies. But first, we have to make the mental shift into believing the brain’s elasticity.  While past performance is an indicator of future success, it doesn’t rule out the possibility of deliberate variation. How we think determines what we do and […]


The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

I asked Kappes why fantasies hamper progress, and she told me that they dull the will to succeed: “Imagining a positive outcome conveys the sense that you’re approaching your goals, which takes the edge off the need to achieve.” Oettingen and Kappes asked two groups of undergraduates to imagine the coming week. One group fantasized […]

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a […]