In this episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast, I address a common question about coaching: “How do I know if I can change?” This question often arises in the context of changing eating habits, particularly transitioning to a vegan diet.
I explore the concept of a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset, as researched by Carol Dweck. A fixed mindset assumes that talents and abilities are static and unchangeable, leading individuals to avoid challenges and give up easily. In contrast, a growth mindset embraces the idea that skills and intelligence can be developed through effort and practice. This mindset encourages embracing challenges, persisting through obstacles, and viewing effort as a path to mastery.
Based on my journey and the struggles I faced in committing to a vegan lifestyle I can testify that change is often messy and nonlinear, and may involve multiple attempts and failures. The key is to view these challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, rather than as evidence of personal shortcomings.
I encourage you to adopt a growth mindset, especially when pursuing a vegan practice. Understand that saying no to animal products may initially feel awkward and challenging but, with practice, it becomes easier. View difficult changes as areas where skills need development rather than as inherent flaws.
Adopting a growth mindset lays the foundation for change in all aspects of life, not just dietary choices. By recognizing that skills can be developed and that challenges are part of the learning process, you can empower yourself to make meaningful and lasting changes.