Hiking is like Life.

I have always been the outdoorsy type, loved growing up on a farm & exploring  nature. A few years ago, my sister & her significant other introduced me to hiking while in Colorado & I’ve been hooked ever since. Recently, on a hike up Camelback Mountain in Arizona with my husband, Brandon, it made me think about how hiking is like life. 

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A Growth Mindset vs A Fixed Mindset

I recently attended a conference where they talked about a fixed mindset vs a growth mindset. It’s an interesting concept about how we can approach our personal & professional lives and I thought it was worth sharing. 

Here’s a little background (from Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success):

In a fixed mindset, one believes their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.

In a growth mindset, one understands that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.

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Unlock your Potential by Understanding Your Strengths

Ever wonder why some things in life come natural to you while you seem to struggle with other aspects? It all has to do with where your strengths lie. I have always been fascinated how people’s personalities work. We are all unique & different. God made each and every one of us for a purpose. As I get older (and wiser, right?), I realize the importance of truly wanting to live out those strengths to my fullest capacity each and every day.

Recently, a colleague mentioned that she took the CliftonStrengths assessment to understand her particular strengths. The last formal personality test I had taken was in college – the Myer-Briggs. So I decided to take the assessment and here’s what my top five personality themes are: Continue reading → Unlock your Potential by Understanding Your Strengths