Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset is the new buzzword traveling around our world today. It’s got me thinking:

Does one develop a Growth Mindset?
Is one born with a Growth Mindset?
Does it come from living through adversity?
Can it be developed from education?

What are your thoughts on this?

I think all the above can come into play. I’m working right now with a group of women dealing with addiction. Some of them think in a growth mindset pattern. It’s just their nature. Maybe they have developed it over the years as they lived through adversity. Maybe it came from their education.

We can’t answer all these questions, but the principle I do know is this:

People with Growth Mindset influence the world they live in.
People with Growth Mindset can bring good to the world with their positive influence.
People with Growth Mindset get things done.
People with Growth Mindset are, for the most part, successful.

Here are some books I have read this past week about people who made the world a better place:

Dave the Potter, Artist, Poet, Slave created artistic works that blessed the lives of many. Some are still around today.

Sojourner Truth preached at revivals, stood up for women’s rights, and freedom for African-Americans. She always found a way to solve the problems of her difficult life.

E.B. White gave us Charlotte’s Web. It took him years to get his manuscript just right, but he worked until he reached his goal.

Jan and Antonia Zabinski saved over three hundred Jews from Hitler’s destruction. Life was scary and bleak in Poland, but this couple persisted in bringing light to the world.

Growth Mindset is in all our lives. It surrounds all our goals, service, relationships—all we do.

Think of Growth-Mindset people who have impacted your life.

How will you encourage your own Growth Mindset today?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

You Are Worth It by JoLyn Brown

You Are Worth It, Eternal Perspective for Young Women
By JoLyn Brown

This delightful book is a gentle, inspirational read for young women. The stories are moving and support each concept the author suggests. At the end of each section are scripture prompts and conference talk reminders, along with temple goals, daily prompts, and journal suggestions.

I highly recommend this book to young women everywhere. It’s also a tender read for adults as well as youth to keep our spiritual focus on Heavenly Father and the Savior. The book is full of love and Christ-like examples. Pick up a copy and enrich your life.

Book Synopsis: Each of us comes to this world with a divine worth and strength. Yet every person will experience times of doubt and darkness when we need comfort and encouragement. You Are Worth It features thoughtful lessons that will inspire a young woman to honor, love, and nurture herself and others. In a down-to-earth way, author JoLyn Brown teaches about faith and obedience, hopes and dreams, family and friends, and Christ-like service.

JoLyn Brown was raised alongside a peach orchard where she worked with her family. Some of her favorite memories are of listening to stories told by her relatives. These stories and her own experiences provide inspiration for her writing. She’s published two LDS teen novels Run, and Break. Her non-fiction published works include A Circle of Sisters, Home Evenings for Newlyweds, Values-Centered Activities for Young Women, and You Are Worth It: Eternal Perspectives for a Young Woman. JoLyn is currently working on a fantasy novel. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she sews, scrapbooks, gardens, reads, and spends time with her family.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Value of a Moment

Watch the way you talk to your kids.

            Do you listen?
            Do you ask them you they will solve their problem?

View the world from their eyes.

            Mirror their feelings.
                        You seem happy today.
                        I’ll bet that was fun.
                        Feeling a little sad?
                        Take some time to sort your feelings.

When they’ve done something good, respond positively.

            That was a very thoughtful way to handle that.
            Looks like you spent some time thinking about that.

Help a child look at their own process and feel encouraged about their actions.
Acknowledge your child's strengths.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Dr. Seuss

Children are young for such a short time.