My guilty pleasure is that I am a fanatic of sports talk radio. This is not the peak of class or sophistication but every once in a while there is something redeemable.
The day after the Super Bowl I heard an interview with James White who scored two touchdowns for the Patriots in the Super Bowl despite not being a big named star coming in to the game. Going in to halftime the Patriots were behind 21-3 and nothing looked very promising. The radio host asked James White, “What did you all talk about at half time to make this comeback possible?”
JW: “We just re upped our commitment to get better on every play”
The Super Bowl epitomizes the final stage. This isn’t the time to get better this is the time to display that you have gotten better, to demonstrate that you are good. Yet the team that has arguably had the greatest sustained success in team sports in the modern era spent half time of the Super Bow talking about getting better on every play.
I have been obsessed with Mindset by Carol Dweck. I see examples of Fixed mindset v Growth mindset every where I look.
“Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.
In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.
In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.”
I want to have a growth mindset.
This reminds me of perhaps my favorite passage of scripture 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 that reads;
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces reflects the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
or another in Hebrews where it says;
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.