Motivating Employees: Understanding Mind Management Part 2 of 6

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 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.

 

Exercise.

Take your thumb and forefinger and hold them about 5cm apart.  Now place an elastic band over these two fingers and see how far apart you can pull them.  You’re probably doing this quite easily.

 

Keeping the elastic in place, relax your fingers and close your eyes.  Repeat the following statement 10 times, saying the words slowly and adding emotion to the phrase. Once you have repeated the phrase, try and move your fingers apart against the elastic again. Repeat, “I am weak and worthless.”

 

What has happened to your performance?

 

Next, close your eyes and recall from memory what you believe to be a pinnacle moment in your life.  Your biggest success. Go there.  Relive that event in your mind’s eye, making sure you extract as much detail from that event as you can.  “See” the faces of the people around you.  Recall your friends and family who shared the moment with you.  What were you wearing?  How did the fabric feel on your skin?  What was the weather like?  What did the room feel like?  How did it smell?  How did you experience your facial expressions?  Pick as much detail from the event that you can, and play it over in your mind like you’re watching it on DVD as you like.

 

Now repeat the exercise with the elastic band.

 

What have you noticed about your performance?

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