You can train your brain to embrace challenges. Here’s how

A strategic mindset helps you solve problems more efficiently.


July 29, 2020

Getting sh*t done is an issue of mind over matter.

Research shows people with “strategic mindsets” are primed to push through problems because they’re constantly — if subconsciously — thinking about how to improve.

OK, blind me with science

According to a new study, strategic minds ask:

  • “How else can I do this?”
  • “Is there a better way?”
  • “What could I do to help myself here?”

That’s true whether they’re trying something new or doing something for the thousandth time.

So why’s this matter?

We can’t just clock in and zone out. We have to figure out solutions to new challenges.

People with strategic mindsets are more successful at meeting their goals — at the office, in the gym, or in the classroom. They’re less likely to get frustrated and throw in the towel.

Some good news: You can cultivate this mindset

The research says just asking the right questions can turn you into a strategizin’ star.

In one experiment, participants were asked to crack a bunch of eggs. Whoever could separate the most yolks from the whites in under 2 minutes would win a prize.

Some people read an article about strategic mindsets first.

The strategizers fried the control group. Their secret? They found new ways to crack the eggs.

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