Growth Mindset Strategies for Encountering Life’s Turbulent Times

Growth Mindset Strategies for Encountering Life’s Turbulent Times

Throughout my life, I have traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally. While most of my flights have been smooth, turbulence has always been a cause for concern. Pilots are trained to navigate rough air caused by mountain waves or convective air changes during thunderstorms. They must adjust the plane’s altitude to maintain balance and prevent choppy rides.

Clear air turbulence, typically unpredictable, can cause passengers not strapped into their seats to topple over. This can cause them to spill drinks or even injury if the air is rough. Even in clear air turbulence, pilots must adjust the plane’s speed, altitude, and other components to maintain balance and keep the plane in the air. They must also prepare the passengers for potential bumps to prevent injuries or accidents.

Throughout our lives, we can experience “clear air turbulence.” We are operating smoothly, with things progressing well, when suddenly we encounter an unexpected event. This could be the loss of a loved one, a financial crisis, or a relationship breakdown. These are the moments when our world is disrupted, and we feel shaken.

According to my pastor, we are either approaching, experiencing, or recovering from a storm – turbulence is inevitable. It’s part of the human experience. We will all experience setbacks and moments of difficulty. However, we can face these moments with courage and resilience, trusting we can move forward.

Growth Mindset Strategies: Encountering turbulence? Try these three pilot maneuvers:

  1. Adjust your altitude

    If you’re feeling frustrated, take a step back, take a deep breath, and try to view the situation differently. Adjusting your viewpoint can provide another angle and allow you to approach the problem creatively and effectively. By doing so, you may discover solutions previously overlooked.

  2. Use your radar

    When faced with a situation, rely on your instincts to guide you. Consider tapping into your innate radar abilities to gain a new perspective. I believe that instincts or “radar” are emotional intelligence. By developing emotional intelligence, you can better understand yourself and others, improving decision-making and problem-solving skills.

  3. Show yourself some grace.

    Aircraft radar has limitations and may require sharp turns to adjust to changing conditions. However, pilots may occasionally take softer turns while responding to real-time situations. In such instances, remaining calm and taking a deep breath is critical. Be gentle with yourself and shift your perspective to evoke a more peaceful response. This is necessary, regardless of how frightening or unsettling the situation may seem. We can choose even in the most challenging, overwhelming, or exhausting situations. It’s imperative to show ourselves kindness and grace by practicing self-compassion. This helps us manage difficult emotions and situations more effectively and make wise decisions.
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