Having a Growth Mindset is essential to reaching one’s full potential in athletics, academics and life. Those that lack one often plateau early and underacheive. Research backs this. In practice, the Growth Mindset, or lack thereof, is tied to tendencies such as going all out when doing a drill even if it means a mistake compared to practicing the same thing over and over again or going at half speed just to avoid making a mistake.
For the coach, knowing the intensity of the Growth Mindset can help with instruction. Someone who lacks a Growth Mindset might need to be sold or convinced that something is important before instruction begins compared to the person with a Growth Mindset who is ready to try without any convincing beforehand.