A study exploring the power of mindsets during high-stress situations, specifically within Navy SEALs training, demonstrated the impact of individuals’ beliefs about stress, failure, and willpower. The research revealed that those with a stress-is-enhancing mindset (viewing stress as beneficial) showed better performance and resilience, while a failure-is-enhancing mindset (viewing failure as a learning opportunity) could potentially harm efforts in environments requiring high performance and persistence.
- The study involved 174 candidates in Navy SEALs training and tested the influence of various mindsets by showing participants different videos depicting success or failure in stressful situations.
- Those holding a stress-is-enhancing mindset performed better and were more resilient, indicating that perceiving stress as beneficial can improve performance in high-stress situations.
- The research suggested that a failure-is-enhancing mindset might be detrimental in high-stress, high-performance situations as these individuals exerted less effort in future tasks after experiencing failure.
- Participants with a non-limited willpower mindset (believing in unlimited willpower and energy) received more negative feedback from peers and instructors, suggesting this mindset could lead to overconfidence and lack of awareness of one’s limitations.
- The findings highlight the importance of understanding and potentially shifting mindsets in various organizational and high-stress settings to optimize performance and well-being.