These passages in the Lamrim (Commentary Track 142b) are relevant when facing difficulties in our Buddhist practice:
When bodhisattvas whose minds are untrained in such marvelous but difficult deeds hear of them, they feel distressed. Although they are unable to practice such things at first, they come to understand them and then to intimately familiarize themselves with them as objects of aspiration. Later they engage in them spontaneously without any strain. Thus, familiarization is of the greatest importance,
《The Praise of Infinite Qualities》 says:
Deeds that hurt the worldly even to hear about
And that even you did not undertake for a long time
You accustomed yourself to, so in time they became spontaneous.
Thus, it is difficult to develop good qualities without familiarization.
And Master’s Ri-Chang’s says:
I was able to link this learning to that of having a Growth Mindset versus a Fixed Mindset.
Taking a definition from Harvard Business Review:
To briefly sum up the findings: Individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).
This compels me to embrace a Growth Mindset in my Buddhist practice!