Build Resilience: Play Up, Show Up and Get Back Up!
This post focuses on the power of mindset, especially having a Growth Mindset and the impact that it can have on a Moxie Girl’s future life course.
No matter where she is starting from, she can change her course (for the better or for the worse). This list is full of mantras and beliefs that we wish we had held on to tighter during the Middle School years. The first three are the most critical.
In all parts of life, a Moxie Girl should Play Up, Show Up and Get Back Up.
Play Up. Be willing to be the least smartest person in the room, at the table, or the worst player on a team. This is how a Moxie Girl gets better. For example, if there is a choice to be the best player on a Junior Varsity Team or a partial bench-warmer on the Varsity team, pick the Varsity team every time. There will be exposure to people who are better players, who have different habits and there will be practice sessions and competitive matches that will stretch and challenge existing talents.
Show up. Once a commitment is made, make sure that you show up. Not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. By showing up, you are already ahead of most people in life. By continuing to show up (and Play Up) when you do, you will be exposed to new ideas and things that may not have been there before.
Get back up. This one is a crucial reminder that will significantly impact the course of a life. For every time you get knocked down, get back up again. And remember: failure is an action. It’s not an identity. Saying “I am a failure” is very different than “I failed”. If you make a mistake and you did fail at something (bad grade on a test, didn’t make a sports team, didn’t say your lines perfectly in the school play), acknowledge the failure as a set back, not as a defining moment about who you are as a person.