Every Friday morning at WPT, the therapists come in a bit early and have an hour long meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss different ways we are going to improve our treatment, and continue to evolve as clinicians - which in turn helps our patients regain the freedom to move. During these meetings the therapists take turns leading the meeting around a research topic they’ve been studying. This week was Macy’s turn.
Macy’s recent research has focused on mindset coaching. At WPT, we believe that if you are going to make a transformational jump from where you are to where you want to be, you cannot just address your physical state. You need to be addressing your mental game as well. We want to help you frame things differently in your mind and see yourself overcoming your situation. If you can tell yourself a different, positive story, you can change your mindset and evolve your thinking.
What was covered today was research done in the 1970s by psychologist and educator, Carol Dwect. Carol is the person that coined the phrase “growth mindset”. There are two juxtapositions ideologies here; fixed mindset and growth mindset. Fixed mindset insinuates that intelligence is static. Your thinking doesn't really change, and your ability to evolve is limited. A growth mindset is the notion that you can improve your resilience and tell yourself a different story. Your thinking can change your situation for the better. At WPT, we strongly believe that a growth mindset is not only possible, but the best way to operate, helping you overcome the obstacles that stand in your way.
In the coming weeks we will go more in depth about this topic and really compare fixed vs growth mindset as well as talk about ways that you can shift your thinking.