Motivating Employees: Understanding Mind Management Part 2 of 6Tags: employee motivation, mind management, motivation, performance management, psychology, Uncategorized
2. Your mind is like the soil.
What makes agriculture, and economies based on it, so successful is the relative predictability of what you’re going to get. Assuming that climatic and soil conditions are stable; you always get what you planted. If you sow corn, that’s what grows – every time! If you plant acorns, you get Oak trees – every time. The soil doesn’t decide to give you pineapples if you’ve planted cashews. Neither does your mind.
Your mind will always give you back exactly what you put into it. So, as you work through this book, ask yourself what “seeds” you’re planting in your mind as you go about your daily routine. If you work closely with others, look critically at the “seeds” you plant in their minds, because these words become self fulfilling prophesies. Take James for example. His co-workers always accused James of having poor time management skills and made effort tot remind him of his tardiness whenever they had a meeting scheduled or as a deadline approached. So James started hearing it from all angels, “James is always late.”
To know how this becomes self-fulfilling, we need to have a look at how thoughts govern our actions. Take James, who has been told by several of his colleagues that he’s always late. He gets a meeting reminder on his “Outlook” 10 minutes before the scheduled meeting – but his approach is what causes him to be late. His thought process is saying, “I’ve got ten minutes. But people expect me to be late so I’ll see if I can finish this report I’m typing.” 15 minutes later, he gets a call from the meeting room telling him that he’s late – again.
James was late not because he couldn’t manage time. He’s late because people expect him to be late and hence he lacks the focus to be on time. Suppose the opposite was true – and his colleagues often praised James for being on-time, well prepared and conscientious. His thrust mind pattern now becomes what people expect of him. When he gets the meeting reminder prior to his meeting, he gets up immediately as he now sub-consciously places high merit on being not only on time for the meeting, but actually a few minutes early.