There are some things that you can do to change what you’re doing to get different results.
There are some that are scaleable,and sustainable and there’s some that aren’t.
If you are someone who wants to get different results in your work and your life, read on to hear a way to do it that’s scaleable and sustainable…
It’s not what you expect.
There’s this idea that I share on my blogs and with clients which is that if you want to contribute to your organisation in a more meaningful way, in a way that leads to growth of the organisation, you’ve got to look at how you’re leading your team.
If you lead your team differently you’ll get different results, and the way you actually lead your team differently is through developing yourself as a leader.
What I’m going to share with you today is a powerful way to talk through change.
If you’re able to do things differently, you’re able to get more sustainable results for your organisation, and ultimately then better results for yourself.
When it comes to leadership development there’s some different things you can change. There are things you can change that scale, and there are some things that don’t scale.
I don’t know about you, but I’m interested in the ones that scale, because they’re the ones that, when you change them, they cut across everything that you do.
Here’s the thing… The things that scale are when you’re able to change your thinking.
The things that don’t scale are small little changes in systems that often create changes in behaviour but they’re short term: tools, new methods, and new tactics, and all those things are systems.
I talk about two things when you’re wanting to get different results and work with your team differently.
What new systems could you bring in? And some of those systems I teach.
But then, if you just bring in those systems, without actually changing your mindset, and changing your thinking, any gains will be short term.
Let me give you an example.
Let’s say your goal is to lose 10kg. You want to drop a bit of weight for whatever reason. I know it’s a very personal goal, but I think it’s one everyone can relate to. Lets say you’ve used all the different tools and methods in the book, you did Michelle Bridges 10 week body transformation, you did the 5:2 system, you exercised first thing every morning, you cut out ice cream at night, I know it’s terrible but you did… and all of the little things that you changed were all small things that you changed at this level. Right?
How sustainable would that change be?
How long would it last?
Would it be short term?
Or would it be long term?
If your goal was to lose 10kg and all you did was change some of the behaviours and some of the systems, without ultimately changing your thinking often what can happen is that the results become short term rather than long term.
The reason in this case, let’s say for example that you couldn’t change your mindset because (changing mindset is hard, I’m not saying it’s easy) because you believed that “food is family” right?
And because you believe “food is family” it was really difficult for you to make that shift.
But what you were able to do is shift that mindset to also understand that “food is fuel” so that in relation to your goal, it suddenly meant that the way you saw yourself and your situation, you were no longer going to every situation thinking “every time I’m eating it’s actually about my family, about feeling comfortable, feeling loved”.
Actually, it’s all that stuff AND if I eat all these calories, I’m going to get fat!
It’s both of those things.
By shifting mindset, you’re able to then make a sustainable change that scales.
The best way I’ve found to shift mindset is to ask people “Is it true?”
Is it true in all cases that “food is family”?
Is it true in all cases? Is it really true?
What I’ve done today is to explain the difference between short and long term change, and the difference between mindset change which scales, and behavioural and tool and system change that doesn’t scale as well.
If you’re interested in changing your own individual behaviour and the way you operate to get different results from your team and your organisation, you can change these things, but if you change your mindset it will completely change the way you view your situation which will lead to long term results.
This is one where you may need help, so if you do need help send me a message or get in touch and the key thing here is to recognise that with long term sustainable change you need to change two things: mindset and systems.