A Growth Mindset in 2022

Now that 2022 is here, a fresh outlook has emerged for many. This new mindset includes appreciation for another day/year of life, the concept of new beginnings, and even self-reflection.

During this renewal process, most of us are disassembling our holiday decorations along with taking one last look at them. We’re taking organization challenges to start our Januarys off fresh and clean. We also find ourselves taking stock of what we have received as gifts over the holiday season. The “out with the old, in with the new” adage definitely applies to objects, but what about parts of humanity that can be changed and/or improved? 

The impacts of this past year and the pandemic will not be put to rest any time soon. It’s evident that there is a newfound hope and resilience among our friends and neighbors. People are looking to place an emphasis on internal and external mindfulness and eager to develop a growth mindset. They feel encouraged to make small changes and long for ways to contribute to society through charitable measures. For example, I started yoga again after three years, followed by donating old toys to the Salvation Army. These items took up both visual and mental space that needed clearing, and once this was done, I realized the importance of letting certain parts of my life go. 

Letting certain people, objects, and activities in and others out is still helping me grow into who I am; one day, one month and one year at a time. Ann Landers put it best when she said, “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

This approach allows you to take the opportunity to transform yourself and grow in your own skin. Reflect on what gifts you also gave yourself relating to that idea. 

Did you…

  • Learn a new skill? 
  • Connect with an old friend or family member? 
  • Try a new food? 
  • Visit a new location?
  • Correct a negative trait/habit?

What experiences have helped you and others grow? That’s the gift that keeps on giving. 

Written by blog contributor, Amber Chisholm