School is defiantly a challenge for many and overcoming your toughest subjects can get tiring. I learned that with a small tweak in how you think can totally change the way you approach those obstacles in life. Most of us know that the human brain is malleable (if you didn’t know, now you do) this makes it easy to add new information. Everyone starts with short dendrites for basic concepts, the way you study can greatly affect the way your dendrites grow. When you study in a different format from your test you will lose a lot information due to changed conditions. Not only can our study skills affect how well we perform in school but also our everyday emotions. If you go into a test with very little to no confident in your ability for any reason, it severely hinders your ability to perform to your fullest potential. When you start to become anxious adrenaline flows to the synapses and shuts them down. This causes a lot of difficulty in regards to memory retrieval. That’s were growth mindset comes in, naturally human being have fixed mindset, when having fixed mindset you kill your own motivation and ability to perform but with growth mindset you welcome failure as a learning experience. You can simply train yourself to have growth mindset by using one really super easy technique. The self-fulfilling prophecy is ideas that become reality simply because someone believes them. In other words, what you think and say becomes true, if you tell yourself that, “I’m going to fail this math exam.” You most likely will fail or if you say “I suck in math.” Your mind is always going make you think you suck so you will give up easily without giving much effort into it. But if you tell yourself that “I’m going to pass math.” You become determined to get the help needed to succeed in that class, once you tell yourself something your guard comes down and is willing to change to compromise with your goals. The benefits of a growth mindset might seem obvious, but most of us are guilty of having a fixed mindset in certain situations. That can be dangerous because a fixed mindset can often prevent important skill development and growth, which could sabotage your health and happiness down the line. For example, if you say, “I’m not a math person” then that belief acts as an easy excuse to avoid practicing math. The fixed mindset prevents you from failing in the short run, but in the long run it hinders your ability to learn, grow, and develop new skills. Meanwhile, someone with a growth mindset would be willing to try math problems even if they failed at first. They see failure and setbacks as an indication that they should continue developing their skills rather than a signal that indicates, “This is something I’m not good at.” As a result, people who have a growth mindset are more likely maximize their potential. They tend to learn from criticism rather than ignoring it, to overcome challenges rather than avoiding them, and to find inspiration in the success of others rather than feeling threatened.