Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset & Why You Need a Coach

Here we explain the difference between a fixed mindset (like those who give up easily) and a growth mindset and how a coach like Deep End Fitness can help.

What is Mindset Coaching?

We often associate the term “coach” or “coaching” with athletics and physical training, but it can be applied to more than that. The mind, like the body, has to be trained. As children, our parents are more or less our coaches, helping us navigate our emotions and challenging scenarios to the best of their ability. As we get older, we do not suddenly stop needing help, and sometimes the help is even more necessary.

Often these problems we are dealing with ultimately require a shift in our mindset—or at least would significantly benefit from one—and so one can conclude that a mindset coach should be sought out. However, not everyone knows what they are getting into with a mindset coach. Like anything new or unfamiliar, it can seem incredibly daunting. So if you’re considering a mindset coach, or just want to know more about mindset coaching, take a few minutes to do some reading while we dive into it.

Fixed Vs. Growth Mindset

Mindset is the belief one has established about themself, life, and reality. However, the mindset we are talking about expands on that definition. The concepts of growth and fixed mindset were extensions established by Carol Dweck

Dweck says a growth mindset “…is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts.” You are capable of change and growth and improvement. The place you are at right now mentally and physically can be improved upon. You have every ability to succeed.

The fixed mindset, on the other hand, is essentially the opposite. With a fixed mindset, Dweck explains that one believes “…that success is about being more gifted than others, that failure does measure you, and that effort is for those who can’t make it on talent.” That means that if you avoid challenges, give up easily, and/or don’t attempt to learn from your mistakes, you probably have a fixed mindset.

If you believe that you cannot grow, change or improve, you probably have a fixed mindset. If you believe that you can push through, learn from your mistakes, and grow as a person, you have a growth mindset. The goal is to change your fixed mindset, and develop a growth mindset.

How Does Mindset Coaching Look

As we know, coaching is not limited to just the physical, and is applied in so many other ways. When it comes to mindset coaching, it can take a lot of forms depending on the person or issue at hand.

One basic example could be when a person is struggling to find a job or make progress in their career. This person would go to a mindset coach who would then get to know and understand the person and the situation. They figure out what may be impeding the person in making progress and give them advice, suggestions, and direction where they may need it. They would also look at what emotional struggles may be present, and devise ways in which to navigate that.

Maybe the person is having to navigate anxiety they aren’t even aware of. Perhaps the person genuinely believes they aren’t able to get anywhere. The mindset coach will learn all of this, and in time be able to find ways to boost confidence in the person, and present possible areas where alternative action would be wise.

Mindset coaching can even take form through the structure of group fitness. Deep End Fitness offers just that for their clients seeking both a physical challenge and the experience of general improvement. The athletes go through a rigorous workout together, and through that, they experience a less discussion-based understanding of their own potential and capabilities. Pushing through training and coming out with a sort of freedom and confidence in themselves. They learn to focus on what matters and accomplish an exhausting task in the process.

So What Does Mindset Coaching Mean

Mindset coaching is the process of guiding, motivating, and aiding an individual or any number of people through obstacles they are trying to overcome. It means having the knowledge and ability to be presented with what can seem and feel like an impossible situation and problem-solving while navigating emotions, physical impediments, and mental blocks.

Not all coaches are going to be equal, so it may take some research to figure out the right fit for you. But a little research will go a long way as there are plenty of coaches available and new coaches are popping up everywhere. But having a coach that is experienced and familiar can be a huge benefit, especially when their clientele can speak to the success. 

Places like Deep End Fitness offer experienced coaching for those interested. We have a whole program designed, F.R.E.E. Your Mind Coaching as well as a book on Amazon, the F.R.E.E. Your Mind Guidebook

And having plenty of coaches on hand, like the founders of Deep End Fitness and Underwater Torpedo League Don Tran and Prime Hall,  you are bound to find one that suits you personally. Though you may feel you know more about mindset coaching, the reality is, you could read every article and blog on the topic, but the only way to really know what it’s like is to experience it for yourself!

How to Be a Modern Day Warrior

What is a Modern Day Warrior?

By definition, a warrior is a person of war, a hardened individual who specializes in warfare and has the skills and tactics to engage in combat, wherever that may be. Warriors exist to protect a nation, borders, and the lives of others. 

Growing up, I was exposed to the world of the Shogun Samurais, King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, and the Marine Raiders of World War 2. As a kid, this was the idea I developed of warriors: Men and women who showed bravery, loyalty, conviction and action to put down the enemy and defend their lands. But as I went on to adulthood and as the world’s realities dawned on me, my idea of a warrior has changed.

We are now living in a world with many seen and unseen enemies where blades, guns, and artillery will not always work as defense, and it takes a different kind of warrior attitude to engage in everyday challenges. Allow me to share my story.

My Journey to Becoming a Modern-Day Warrior

I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I had my fair share of street brawls and unnecessary violence growing up. I was the one who threw the first punch, fought back, and was aggressive, protecting myself and those around me. I was in and out of Juvenile Hall because I surrounded myself with the wrong company for the wrong reasons.

At 17, I barely passed high school before enlisting in the Marine Corps, where I served 13 years as an infantryman and as a Marine Raider with several combat deployments overseas. It was my job to find and destroy enemy insurgents and rebels from different countries and my team and I were great at doing that. During those years, I thought this was the epitome of being a warrior. 

After many tours, I decided it was time to get back to the real world and pursue different adventures and goals in my life. In 2018, I left active duty, went back to school, and started Deep End Fitness and the Underwater Torpedo League with my good friend and Raider brethren, Prime Hall. While transitioning into the real world, my definition of being a warrior shifted, and I felt lost and angry that I no longer had a clear mission and way to continue my warrior identity.

Becoming a Warrior in the Real World

As I continued to drive forward in school and my business, I was blessed with many opportunities to help others in school through leading group projects, being a trainer at the pool and gym, and coaching/mentoring individuals to get ready for the military. I was passionate to share my journey and realizations from my experiences with others that really ignited a fire within me. The more I trained and helped others be prepared, overcome their fears, surpass their perceived boundaries, and fight their own battles, the more clearly I saw what was becoming my new mission: igniting the warrior inside of them. I quickly realized that just because people were engaging in combat doesn’t mean they don’t have a warrior inside of them. Doctors, parents, engineers, community leaders, and students all have the opportunity and need to rise up and engage in battle in their own lives every day. 

How You Can Become an Everyday Warrior

Our hope is that you can step into becoming an everyday warrior. The world now has seen and unseen enemies, battles on a battlefield and battles within. My intention is to help awaken the warrior-spirit in everyone, in and out of the pool, to tackle the battles in their everyday lives. The daily battles are ever changing, but as modern-day warriors we must hone our skills, spiritually, physically and mentally, to see us through trying times. 

You don’t have to let your past define you. You can train to become a warrior today