Mindsets in the workplace are the most powerful tool we have when it comes to producing results. If you’re wondering what a mindset is, it defines how we will approach and respond to a situation or problem. Mindsets are based in perception. Unfortunately for us we relate to perception as if it is reality, when in fact it is not.
A way to illustrate how a mindset works is to picture yourself in a room with another person, each facing a different direction. When asked what do you see, each of you would describe something different depending on the direction you are facing. Shifting your mindset is like shifting the direction you are facing. It allows you to see something different, something you wouldn’t have seen looking in the direction you were looking in.
One of my favorite stories illustrating a mindset is the following: A shoe factory sends out two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to study the prospects for expanding business. One sends back a telegram saying—“Situation hopeless stop no one wears shoes.” The other writes back triumphantly “Glorious business opportunity!! Stop they have no shoes!”
In my own life, about 8 years ago, during the recession I was faced with having to start a new career. A dear friend of mine had just lost his job. He had many more years of working experience and we were both the same age. My friend kept saying there were no jobs out there and how hard it would be to find a job in your 50’s. I said I don’t know how or what I’m going to do and I’m going to do this. Within 2 years I was earning a 6 figure plus income in a business I created and my friend was still jobless.
Questions you might ask yourself when challenged by a situation are: What conclusion am I drawing about this? Is that a fact? Conclusions limit what you see. You will only see what you are looking for. Shift your focus to the outcome you want to get and you will be surprised at the results that show up.