Mindset Training

Issue 14

ASRV Wings

“There is no finish line, no finite goal, just infinite growth.”


Growth doesn’t happen on its own. It’s not a point of arrival or a single moment in time. It's the culmination of thousands of moments and years of intention, pushing the boundaries of possibility.

Welcome to another edition of the Mindset Training Newsletter. In this issue, we delve into the theme of evolution, a fundamental aspect of the ASRV brand message. Evolution embodies the spirit of continuous growth, pushing boundaries, and pursuing the journey of self-improvement. As we explore this theme, we'll uncover the power of evolution and its role in shaping our mindset for success.

Neuroscience Highlight

Recent insights from neuroscientists shed light on the powerful interplay between mindset and stress response in enhancing performance and learning. Embracing a growth mindset, as coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, involves rewarding effort over innate abilities, leveraging the brain's inherent neuroplasticity to foster continual learning and adaptation.

Effort-based feedback, emphasizing persistence and dedication, proves superior in optimizing performance and promoting neuroplastic changes conducive to skill acquisition and improvement. Moreover, integrating the "stress-is-enhancing" mindset, developed by Dr. Alia Crum, with a growth mindset further amplifies these benefits.

Understanding stress as a catalyst for heightened alertness, cognitive enhancement, and neural growth factor release empowers individuals to harness stress as a tool for growth and resilience. By reframing stress responses and embracing growth-oriented feedback, individuals can cultivate synergistic mindsets that propel them towards success in various domains of life.

Key Takeaways

Embrace a Growth Mindset:

Prioritize effort-based feedback over intelligence/performance-based praise to foster a belief in the malleability of abilities and promote continuous learning and evolution.

Harness Stress as a Catalyst:

Shift mindset towards stress by recognizing its potential for enhancing performance. Understand stress as a mechanism that mobilizes resources, boosts cognitive function, and facilitates neuroplasticity, thereby promoting growth and resilience.

Synergize Mindsets for Optimal Results:

Combine the growth mindset with the stress-is-enhancing mindset to amplify their individual benefits. By reframing failures as opportunities for growth and action, individuals can cultivate resilient attitudes and thrive in diverse life scenarios.

Action Items

Practice Effort-Based Feedback:

Incorporate effort-focused language in your interactions, whether providing feedback to others or self-talk. Encourage persistence, dedication, and resilience to reinforce a growth mindset and promote continuous learning.

Reframe Stress Perception:

When faced with stressors, consciously remind yourself of the positive effects of stress on performance and learning. Cultivate a mindset that perceives stress as a catalyst for heightened focus, cognitive enhancement, and neural growth, empowering you to embrace challenges with confidence.

Integrate Mindset Synergies:

Combine the principles of growth mindset and stress-is-enhancing mindset in your daily life. Seek opportunities to apply these mindsets in various domains, such as work, relationships, or personal development, to harness their synergistic effects and optimize your performance and resilience.


Step 1: Reflect on Your Values and Aspirations

  • Take time to reflect on what truly matters to you in life.
  • Consider your long-term aspirations, passions, and values.
  • Ask yourself: What do I want to achieve? What kind of person do I want to become?

Step 2: Identify Areas for Growth

  • Evaluate different aspects of your life, such as career, relationships, health, and personal development.
  • Identify specific areas where you feel there is room for improvement or where you'd like to see growth.

Step 3: Use the SMART Goals Template

  • Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound (SMART).
  • Example of a SMART goal: "I will complete a certification course in [specific field] within the next six months to advance my career."

Step 4: Review and Revise

  • Regularly review your goals and progress to ensure they are still aligned with your values and aspirations.
  • Revise your goals as needed based on changing circumstances or priorities.

In Closing

Evolution is not just a concept—it's a mindset that empowers us to transcend our limitations and reach new heights of achievement. By embracing the journey of self-improvement and committing to continuous growth, we unlock our full potential and pave the way for an intentional, more fulfilling future.