46+ Growth mindset questions for self-improvement

Recently updated on February 19th, 2024 at 10:10 am

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The best way to teach children about growth mindset is to ask them growth mindset questions daily.

Many times we ask children,” how was your day?” we get a general answer like “it was ok”. We don’t get a clear picture of what they are feeling or how their day went. Below are some growth mindset questions to help understand what our kids are thinking or going through in their day to day life.

Growth mindset questions for students

  1. What new strategies can you try to overcome this challenge?
  2. How did you persevere in a difficult task today?
  3. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
  4. What did you try hard at today?
  5. How can you improve your work next time?
  6. What will you do to challenge yourself today?
  7. How can you use feedback to improve your work?
  8. In what areas do you feel you’ve grown the most recently?
  9. What are some different ways you can approach this problem?
  10. How did you keep going when things got tough?
  11. What is something you used to not be able to do, that you can do now?
  12. What steps did you take to make your work better?
  13. How can you apply what you learned today to future challenges?
  14. What are you curious about and how can you learn more about it?
  15. How did collaboration with others help you grow?

Growth mindset questions for kids

  1. What did you learn today that excited you?
  2. Can you think of a time when you kept trying even when it was hard?
  3. How did you help someone today, or how did someone help you?
  4. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
  5. What’s something new you’d like to try, even if it seems a bit difficult?
  6. How can you make a challenge more fun?
  7. What’s something you couldn’t do last year that you can do now?
  8. How do you feel when you try something new?
  9. What’s one way you can improve on something you worked on today?
  10. Who is someone that inspires you, and why?
  11. What are some ways you can learn from a mistake?
  12. How can asking questions help you learn?
  13. What is something you did today that made you think hard?
  14. What would you like to learn more about, and how can you learn it?
  15. When you don’t know the answer, what can you do to find out?

Growth mindset questions for teens

  1. What’s something new you tried today, even if it was challenging?
  2. How did you deal with a setback or failure recently?
  3. What’s one thing you’ve improved on this month, and what steps did you take to get there?
  4. When you encounter something difficult, what’s your strategy for tackling it?
  5. Can you think of a time when a mistake led to a great learning opportunity?
  6. How do you keep yourself motivated when you’re working on something that doesn’t interest you?
  7. What’s something you’d like to get better at, and what’s your plan for improving?
  8. How do you respond to criticism or feedback? Can you think of a time when it helped you grow?
  9. What are your strategies for staying organized and managing your time effectively?
  10. Who inspires you with their work ethic or attitude towards learning, and why?
  11. What goals do you have for yourself this year, and what steps are you taking to achieve them?
  12. How do you balance your schoolwork, hobbies, and social life?
  13. What’s one way you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone recently?
  14. How do you contribute to a positive environment in your school or community?
  15. What does success mean to you, and how has your definition of success changed over time?

26 daily growth mindset questions

  1. Did you do anything challenging today?
  2. Did you ask for help today? Who helped you? How did it make you feel?
  3. Did you do something that made you think hard?
  4. Is there someone you would like to say thank you to today?
  5. Is there someone you would like to say sorry to today?
  6. Did you achieve all of your goals?
  7. Can you think of anything that could have been done better today?
  8. Did you show kindness to anyone today?
  9. Write down 3 things you loved about your day.
  10. What can you do to improve yourself?
  11. What can you do tomorrow to make you come closer to your goals?
  12. List some of the things you can’t do yet? What can you do to start learning them?
  13. What is the hardest thing you had to do today?
  14. Did you make any mistake recently? What have you learned from that experience?
  15. Name the people that lift you up whenever you are feeling down?
  16. List 10 things you like about yourself.
  17. List 3 things that makes you special
  18. What are your strengths?
  19. Write down your weaknesses. Now, what can you do to overcome those weaknesses?
  20. If you can be a superhero, what would your superpowers be? What can you do to make the world a better place with those powers?
  21. If you can spend the weekend building something, what would you build?
  22. Write down a time when you felt like giving up but instead, you kept going. How did it make you feel? What motivated you to keep going?
  23. What is your biggest accomplishment?
  24. Write down 3 things you are most grateful about in your life.

Use the Personalised Growth mindset activity sheet below to help children realize how special they are.

22 questions for self-improvement

  1. What is stopping you from achieving your dreams? What can you do to overcome those fears?
  2. What keeps you up at night? Now, write down in a piece of paper the words you can use to get rid of those fears, for example, “you don’t exist”, “go away”, etc.
  3. Did you do something the way easy today? What can you do to make it more challenging?
  4. Can you share something new that you tried recently?
  5. Did you learn something new outside of school today?
  6. Did you do anything today that made you feel stuck? What can you do to do it better next time?
  7. What do you do to relax?
  8. Name 3 negative things you should stop saying to yourself. What should you be saying instead?
  9. List 5 positive affirmations you would like to follow for the next few weeks.
  10. What skills would you like to improve? What steps are you going to take to improve on those skills? Create a plan to work on those skills.
  11. No one becomes great on their own. We all need support from others. Who are the people that would help you when you are in trouble?
  12. What are your goals for the rest of the year?
  13. Did you ask questions that would help solve your doubts today?
  14. Write down the things you should stop doing that drains your energy.
  15. Write a letter yourself that you will open only 2 years from now. Include your goals and aspirations in the letter.
  16. What is the one thing that occupied your mind today? What can you do to stop letting it take over your emotions?
  17. When do you feel most at peace?
  18. Write down 3 loving things you did recently. How did it make you feel?
  19. What comes to your mind when you find yourself in a difficult situation?
  20. What do you say to yourself when you are faced with challenges>
  21. Did you try as hard as you should be today?
  22. Did you make good use of the people or resources around you?

Growth mindset questions for self-development

  • What is something good you did in school today?
  • How does positive thinking lead to a positive life?
  • How did you enjoy making new friends?
  • How can you positively handle difficulties in life?
  • How many friends did you make?
  • Have you shared your lunch with your friend?
  • What mistake did you make today?
  • What change did you make to make a better person?
  • Have you done anything interesting today?
  • Did you accomplish anything today?
  • Have you helped someone today? How?
  • How was your learning today?
  • What new things did you learn today?
  • Do you do something to improve yourself today?
  • What are you most scared of?
  • How do you show kindness to your friends?
  • Did you confidently spend your day in school?
  • What happens if we forgive anyone?
  • Describe yourself briefly. Take a piece of paper and write some of your good and bad habits. List some ways to change yourself.
  • What good will you do if you get a superpower?
  • How can you help a homeless person?
  • What new skill would you like to learn this month?
  • Did you say anything nice to someone today to make them smile?
  • What do you want to do in the future? Why?
  • How would you be able to pursue your aim?
  • If you have $1000, how would you manage to help ten people with it?
  • What part do you play in building a positive society?
  • What special talent would you like to share with the world?
  • What fears would you like to let go?
  • What makes you tired?
  • How do you like to relax ?
  • Where do you see your adult self in the next ten years?
  • What makes you unique?
  • What good thing did you do right after waking up today?
  • Which three things do you want to change in this world?
  • Which superpower do you want to have?
  • What is the best thing you have learned so far?
  • Which of the learning skills can take you from C to A+?
  • Which two things are essential for living an extraordinary life?
  • What would you pick if someone asked you to give him all your things and keep any three things with you?
  • What strategies would you suggest to get relief from stress?
  • Would you share yours with him if one of your friends forgot his lunchbox at home?
  • How do you feel when you see someone sad?
  • What are some of the benefits of healthy eating?
  • Think of some of the benefits of a daily walk.
  • Which game do you play best?
  • Which is the most intricate work for you in this world?
  • Which things scare you the most?
  • How would you explain happiness to someone?
  • Which is the worst thing that happened to you recently, and what lesson did you learn from it?
  • Do you apologize after making any mistake?
  • What are the advantages of being positive towards everyone?
  • Which of your would you remember forever?
  • From all of your friends, which friends do you like the most and why?
  • How do you want to change yourself if you travel back two years in time?
  • Think of strategies you would use if you get a chance to change this world.
  • Which rule do you want to get followed by everyone in this world?
  • How would you feel if you got to know that you would live forever?
  • What achievements do you want in your life?
  • After becoming a successful adult, would you help the poor?
  • Who left a good or bad impact on your life? What was that?
  • What would you do if you found money on the class floor?
  • If there were no financial obstacles in your life, what would you do to help people?
  • Do you have some bad habits that you want to change? What are those habits?
  • If you want to be in any animation movie, what would it be?
  • What is the sweetest thing that someone has ever said to you? Why?
  • How should one be kind to animals?
  • What is your life makes you feel blessed?
  • Which is your favorite book and Why?
  • Think of some words that describe your personality.
  • Which season do you enjoy the most?
  • What would you do on a one-week educational trip?
  • If you get wings, where would you fly first?
  • Think of the three wishes you want to get fulfilled in your life.
  • What would it be if you were asked to choose one food to eat for the rest of your life?
  • Which of the seasons do you enjoy the most in a year?
  • Which is your least favorite season?
  • If you get lost in a crowd, would you smartly take help from anyone?
  • If you face any failures, how would you overcome those in the future?
  • How can you prove the statement that success comes with consistency?
  • Which thing do you think could be done better today?
  • Think of something that will bring a good change in you.
  • Which of your choices are you proud of?
  • If you get a chance to visit five countries, which ones would you choose and why?
  • What would you do if your strategies weren’t working?
  • How do you feel if someone’s life changes because of your help?
  • What should you say instead of ‘I am not good at it”?
  • Did you do something today that was so hard for you? How did you make it easy?
  • Do you ask for feedback after completing any task?
  • List some negative things that one should avoid in life.

We hope you have enjoyed the growth mindset questions above. What are some other questions you would ask your child daily? Post them in the comment below.

Before you go don’t forget to get the Personalised Growth mindset kit for children

There are endless possibilities on how you can incorporate a growth mindset into your child’s daily lives.

Growth mindset activities can be a helpful tool for your child to be reminded of how unique and amazing they are.

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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

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