For people with a growth mindset the brain becomes most active when receiving information about what they could do better next time. In other words, people with a fixed mindset worry the most about how they’re judged, while those with the growth mindset focus the most on learning.
–Eduardo Briceno at TEDxManhattanBeach
How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a ‘fixed mindset’ as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a ‘growth mindset’ as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself and expand your abilities. It’s up to you.
Practice as if you are the worst. Perform as if you are the best.