Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NURSING HOME - Doesn't have be EDEN ALT.

---This short talk could be about long-term care, anywhere!

---SYMBIOTIC – when the staff depends on the resident/patient as much as the resident/patient depends on the staff. To go a step further...the patient needs the staff to lead as normal (for him) a life as possible. The opposite is true for the staff. His job is to help the patient achieve all of the above. The better the rapport, the better the necessary harmony that leads to improvement.

---The concern of the Nursing Home is for the patient to reach the highest and truest of himself. The patient should thrive + prosper in accord with his abilities, talents and intelligence. The job + goal of the staff is to make this happen (as much as possible) for the patient. Going from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset will accomplish this. Be Well.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

FEAR and The POWER of YET!

A Growth Mindset

 When I Was Young I Was Told
To Stay Out-of-the-Street
A Car May Hit You
So Be Safe

As I Got Older
My Intelligence Grew
I Was Allowed To
Cross At The Light

Intelligence Gave Me
The Ability To
Negotiate The Situation

I Feared The Traffic
Until I Was Able
To Understand It
Many Things In My Life
Had That Dynamic

Fear Until I Understood It!
Mountains Go Back To Molehills
Once Again, The
Playing Field Is Level

To Me, Fear Is Just NOT
Understanding Things...YET!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017



---This may be the biggest news since ‘’sliced bread.’’ People can learn, change + grow. There is scientific evidence backed up by multitudes of studies by research psychologist Professor Carol Dweck of Stanford University. She has many talks on YouTube, including four TEDtalks, written a book called MINDSET detailing much of what she has discovered and has had many ‘’successes’’ implementing the GROWTH MINDSET into different Companies and Corporations throughout the world. She, also, has many people reviewing and touting her material speaking very positively in her regard.


---She, basically, sees folks as having one of two mindsets on different issues of life and of life itself. Those who see with a FIXED MINDSET see, like eye color, they have been given a certain, fixed amount of intelligence, talent and abilities and are supposed to make the best of things until the end. This is how I was taught and I’ll bet it applies to many. Those folks who see life through a GROWTH MINDSET lens, see that the intelligence,  talent and abilities that one may have been given…are like muscles that grow and develop the more they are used. Even if one starts as the proverbial 97 lb. weakling, through some effort, something can be done about it.

---I have said this before but think it bears repeating. On one of her TEDtalks, she speaks of the power of YET. She found that if that concept is added to most FIXED MINDSET statements, they become GROWTH MINDSET statements. Examples would be ‘’I don’t know this’’ BECOMES – ‘’I don’t know this YET!’’ ‘’I don’t have the answer’’ BECOMES – ‘’I don’t have the answer YET!’’ A door to the future has opened and you suddenly  find yourselves on a learning curve. You are no longer stuck and are now able to move. She says, ‘’we will NOT all be EINSTEIN at the end, but we will ALL be better than we were.’’ Another example we have is Ebenezer Scrooge going from a FIXED MINDSET (saw life to be only one way) to a GROWTH MINDSET (opened to a much broader way of seeing things.)

(WARNING: Very Dramatic)

---I have never met Carol Dweck but would like to. I recommend her book MINDSET, talks, etc., to staff, resident, volunteer or any concerned citizen wanting to make the world a better place. It sounds like the material would work wonders with individual lives or hospital-wide to work with the Culture of Laguna Honda. I think we would ALL benefit from her material…whether in a small or big way. Going from a FIXED MINDSET to a GROWTH MINDSET on ANYTHING and/or EVERYTHING…sounds like a good idea to me. Be Well.

Friday, February 3, 2017

MINDSET by Carol Dweck

Promoting that all people can learn, change + grow!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Three Words That Will Change Your Life
Dr. Mark Holder (5 mins)

---To see how this fits into our FIXED or GROWTH MINDSET. The three words are ‘tell me more’ or something of that sort. It shows that someone is actually listening to us and is interested enough in what we are saying to have us continue. When this happens…we automatically go from a FIXED to a GROWTH MINDSET with positive feedback from the one doing the listening. Being heard + taken seriously by someone has very positive benefits for he who is being listened to.