The way we think about ourselves and the tasks set before us has a huge impact on our development. When we believe that we can indeed “get smarter”, we also understand that our dedication and commitment are integral to our success. If we put in the time and effort, we have a greater chance of grasping that new concept or improving that skill. And if you don’t comprehend something right away? That’s OK. You just haven’t gotten it yet. But don’t give up, because with hard work and patience, you will.
Our brains are extremely malleable. Our experiences shape us and make us who we are. Practice, and making mistakes, help us to progress. Everything we do causes the neurons in our brains to take off and forge connections. Ultimately, science shows that we can increase these connections and even strengthen existing ones, by the decisions we make and actions we take daily. Asking questions, applying new strategies, and looking at things from different perspectives, are key to changing and growing our brains.
Annelies, mother of Charlotte