"Courageous care partners recharge with self-care, striving for peaceful pinnacles
in patience, persistence, and positive 
changes, knowing when to conquer and when to comfort."

I believe in the power of YET!

Jan 12, 2023 by Eileen Adler

The “power of yet” is about having a growth mindset. Changing your mindset can be brought about simply by 
changing the words that you use . . . a work in progress.


Carol Susan Dweck (born October 17, 1946) is an American psychologist at Stanford University. Dweck is the author of Mindset, a classic work on motivation and “growth mindset.” Her work is influential among educators and increasingly among business leaders as well and I’ve adapted it to being a care partner. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. “Yet.” A powerful three-letter word that means, “an implied time, still, even or nevertheless,” said Carol Dweck.


What is the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset?

Carol’s premise is that we all have the ability and power to improve. It’s our BELIEFS that empower or destroy us.  

Using ‘yet’ brings hope. It ignites a ‘can-do’ attitude that makes you unstoppable! It creates an encouraging environment. But it isn’t all roses…you must be willing to learn from your mistakes…to persevere!!

It requires patience and it requires belief in yourself. We’re all on a learning journey and there’s no room to give up!

Start adding ‘yet’ to your ‘can’t’ and watch the magic unfold.


1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections.

2. View challenges as opportunities.

3. Try different tactics. What works for one person may not work for you.  

4. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning”.  

5. Value the process over the end result. Care partnering is a journey, a process.

6. Provide regular opportunities for reflection. Reflect on your learning every day.

7. Place effort before talent. Ha rd work should always be rewarded before inherent skill.

8. Cultivate grit.

9. Take ownership over your attitude. Dweck says “not yet” has become one of her favorite phrases.

10. integrate the word “yet” into your vocabulary.