Good Monday Morning!
Wow – here we are…. Three weeks since the THRIVE Conference.
I want to honor you for taking the time to dig deeper with God and apply His Word in your life. Keep going & keep your THRIVE Alive!
Excited to CHECK IN with you heading into week 4:
What is it that is keeping your THRIVE going?
- What OPPORTUNITIES has God been allowing to come your way?
- How is it going staying in the NOW?
- Survivability – what circumstances are tempting your THRIVABILITY?
- How has partnering up with your THRIVE buddy been helpful?
Week four: THRIVING Mindset
How important is our mindset when it comes to Thriving?
We are commanded by God to:
- Set our minds on things above – Colossians 3:2
- Renew our minds – Romans 12:2
- (have) mindsthat are alert and fully sober – 1 Pe 1:13
Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford, wrote a book entitled ‘Mindset’.
In this book she describes the difference between a fixed mindset:
- In a fixed mindsetstudents believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.
and a growth mindset.
- In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. They are willing to risk their identity for a bigger future than they are presently living. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment
Which mindset do you think this rich man most resembles in Matthew 19:21-22
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Seems he had a ‘fixed’ idea/mindset of what it meant to be a man that is qualified to enter eternal life.
He wasn’t willing to surrender his preconceived mindset of what it would take to enter eternal life and missed being with Jesus.
For the rich man, in his mind, he had too much to risk. He was not willing to be open to this incredible offer that was being made to him. His mind was made up & therefore he missed all that Jesus had in store for him. Result: Sad – NOT Thriving.
What would a growth mindset response have looked like here for him?
Imagine if he would have thought instead, ‘Wow! I am so glad I asked, ‘What I am still lacking… ‘, I would have missed my chance at true riches, a chance to walk Jesus and put my trust in something other than money. I am up for this challenge! It will mean a whole new lifestyle, but I am willing to learn to have this heart and to love the poor.’
Where might adopting a growth mindset make a huge difference for you right now?
Application / Practical’s:
- The reason why God command me to set my mind, renew my mind and have an alert and sober mind is so I can
- One or two practical ways that I do that (set, renew, and keep alert my mind) is by _____________________, and ________________.
- The danger in me in having a ‘Fixed Mindset’ in my discipleship would be ________.
- The benefit of having a ‘Growth Mindset’ in my discipleship would be ______.
- One way I see that God has given me 100 times more so far in my life is _______________.