RB76: Winning The Battle Within Our Mind: Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

RB76: Winning The Battle Within Our Mind – Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

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Your mind is a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to running , or any part of your life really, it can either make you or break you.

Believing in one thing can prevent you from reaching your full potential, while believing in another can push you toward becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s all a matter of perspective. In this episode, we will talk about the two different types of mindsets that can make a world of difference in our lives.


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Show Notes:

It’s been said that IF you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve.    This quote came from Debbie Millman in a commencement speech delivered to the graduating class at San Jose State University.

She goes on to say:

Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Let that sink in a minute.  The last sentence is what sticks out to me…. “Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.  Start now.  Not 20 years from now,  not two weeks from now, Now!”

That is a powerful message. I have this quote framed and located on the wall near my desk.  Each day, I remind myself to do what I love and don’t stop until I get there.  It is why I put so much effort into RunBuzz and the podcast. But that last part, “Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time”,    THAT part is what pushes me. It challenges me, to do whatever is in my power to improve myself.  It is a key trait of having a growth mindset vs. a fixed one, something we discuss in today’s podcast. And we, as runners, live in each of those mindsets often switching back and forth as we have personal wins, or face adversity with our running, nutrition, or lifestyle choices.

In this episode, I read an article that was found in a recent copy of my local RunOhio quarterly newspaper.  It was written by Richard Ferguson, Ph.D. at Averett University where he serves as the chair of the Physical Education, Wellness, and Sports Science Department.  He is also a AASP Certified Sports Psychology Consultant.

Unfortunately, I do not have a link to the direct article online, so I read it as part of this episode.


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Steve is a RRCA and USA Track and Field certified running coach and running club director. He is the founder of RunBuzz.com and host of the RunBuzz podcast which can be found in iTunes. Steve is also the founder and creator of PaceBuilders, a complete training program and interactive training system for adult runners who want to become better runners, crush running goals, and take their running to another level.