I came across this thought-provoking tweet by Adam Grant today. It’s the clash between Performance and Learning Culture. We hear more and more about the performance culture and are a part of it even though we understand that learning culture is about being true to ourselves.
In fact, learning is the best way to reach your absolute performance and at the same time feeling like you earned it. This is especially relevant in education.
The learning goals provide you with genuine enthusiasm and motivation for studying. You focus on in-depth learning rather than superficial goals that aren’t under your control. Individually focusing on the outcome can have detrimental effects on one’s performance.
One of the ways I find helpful is to immerse yourself in the content and do extra research. Exploring the endless supply of information we have, the internet about something related to a subject you’re studying. Being accountable to yourself making a list of your learning goals might help. Having a desire to acquire knowledge and skills not only makes one self-efficient but also helps to improve interest in the class.
While goal setting is an excellent way to achieve more, there’s a paradox involving goals and satisfaction. People who set high goals such as getting all A’s or receiving an excellent job offer perform better than the ones who aim for low.
But people with lower goals are found to be more satisfied. This happens because they achieve what they aimed for. Increasing satisfaction comes from accomplishing anything higher than the goal you set.
A balance between setting attainable goals while learning regularly for personal satisfaction and in-depth knowledge sounds like the growth mindset to me.