“YOU CAN’T DO THAT….!”
Last article we looked at several different mindsets that effect life and business - people who tell you what you can and can’t do.
Criticism is the death gargle of non-achievers."
These people can get into your spirit and limit your thinking so you don’t stretch or enlarge in life.
So doing something different or risky becomes a minefield of negativity. When you do things like changing a service, marketing differently, improving customer service, or establishing a larger vision, many people will react negatively to the change. Their mindsets are limited to what they have experienced in the past and they can sabotage your innovations before they get off the ground.
Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everybody gets busy on the proof.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
Continuing from last month - a few more examples of negative mindsets I’ve run into over the years
See if you recognise some of these!
Mindsets that are inflexible and see only the letter of the law rather than the big picture.
I have often had experience with people on committees who cannot agree – some are solution-minded and don’t always obey the letter of the law, the others are upset when things are not done by the book. The former get things done, the latter spend all their time writing emails, criticising and generally getting nowhere (although appearing to be actively involved).
In the legal area itself - some lawyers have the mindset that certain situations can only be dealt with by legal action. Far better to avoid this wherever possible.
In the financial arena - there are accountants who don’t think beyond what they have always known.
There is no question we need both accountants and lawyers, they are essential in business today, however we need to:
‘Everyone’s Doing it’ mindset:
Who is ‘everyone’?
Your child will ask you for an expensive toy or game. Why? You ask. Because everyone’s got one! Who is everyone? It usually turns out to be one or two at the most.
In business we sometimes introduce products or services because ‘everyone’s doing it’.
Be careful you are not dragged off course, away from your vision and mission by things that may not be relevant or necessary.
‘If it’s not broke don’t fix it’ mindset:
Nothing stays the same in life or in business.
To be a leader, to grow and expand, you need to be innovating, improving and moving forward.
I advise many companies in developing their business plans. One of the questions I ask is
Where do you want to be in three years?
The only non-acceptable option is to stay where you are. Why?
Because if you stay the same your business will stall, costs will continue to increase, customers will lose interest and leave – your business will eventually fail.
The same thing will happen in your relationships and your life if you are not moving forward.
‘I have everything I need’ mindset:
Do you find yourself saying, “I have enough to do what I want, pay the bills, educate the kids, feed the family, why do I need more?”
Think for a minute – this could be a selfish attitude! Maybe you could generate more, be able to give towards those in need, generate more jobs, help your local community.
Nowhere does God say He wants our businesses to fail, our churches to fail or our relationships to fail. He wants us to grow in our relationships, our faith and every aspect of life.
… I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
3 John 1:2
When you decide to do something – and, after much consideration you are convinced this is the way forward. Don’t be surprised at the mindsets you will have to confront, and often within your own organization!
The Way Forward
Be prepared to face the negative attitudes positively: Be excited by the possibilities of life (view the alarm clock as an opportunity clock).