To conclude our assemblies on developing a Growth Mindset, we thought about how we have all probably uttered the phrase, “I can’t do that” when faced with a difficult challenge. We now know that with practice, hard work and perseverance, this probably isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean everything will be easy. However, the addition of a very small word can make a very big difference in how we tackle challenges.
“I can’t play the piano”, versus, “I can’t play the piano, yet.”
“I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers”, versus, “I can’t ride my bike without stabilisers, yet.”
“I can’t read this book”, versus, “I can’t read this book, yet.”
The children agreed that by using the word ‘yet’, it changed the way they felt about things; nothing seems quite as difficult and definitely not impossible!