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The Power of A Growth Mindset

The Power of A Growth Mindset

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

We have a lot to learn from the Little Engine that Could. The Little Engine could because the Little Engine understood the power of a growth mindset. A growth mindset is when, “people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. “(Carol Dweck).

That little train was up for the challenge. What was the secret to success? Thoughts. True thoughts lead to courageous words, which lead to bold actions. Success does not depend on talent, resources or smarts. Success is determined by mindset.

Scripture has a lot to say about our mindset:

Romans 12:2 - And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind[set], that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Philippians 1:6, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

A Spiritual Growth Mindset says I can because God can. This mindset is about hope, faith, dreams and Truth. “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.”

Spiritual Growth Mindset believes God has called and gifted each person to be highly effective and fruitful within their sphere of influence. This mindset believes God redeems all sin no matter how deep, how wide or how ugly. A Spiritual Growth Mindset also embraces the truth God uses all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Spiritual Growth Mindset is marked by:

  • God-talk. Speaking God’s words. Speaking about God’s goodness.
  • Faith. Living by faith. Thinking by faith. Praying by faith. Planning by faith.
  • Focus. Eyes riveted on God and His will. All the time.
  • Thankfulness. Thanking God for what He has done, is doing and will do.
  • Joy! Enjoying life and the work God has provided.
  • Service. People in need + you + your gifts = ministry
  • Seeking God. In good times, and in hard times. Especially in the hard times.
  • Prayer: Praying through struggles, progress, setbacks, jump-starts, trials and blessing.

With a growth mindset, the Little Engine made it over the mountain to the sunshine valley on the other side. Use the power of a spiritual growth mindset and speak to any mountain. Tell it in the name of Jesus to get out of your way.

Action Steps:

  1. Watch your words and thoughts. Quit with the defeatist words and attitudes. NOBODY likes to listen to a pity-party—especially God.
  2. Get you some God words and thoughts. Find a few Bible verses that speak truth into your situation and say and pray them as often as needed.
  3. Keep on keeping on. Never give up. God is the victor and He always wins. The more Word you put in your heart the more you will be changed.

A changed mind leads to a changed heart which leads to a changed life.

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