For many of you, challenges are the steps upon which you’ve reached your current position. So this should fit right in.
One minute and counting…
It takes a massive mental toll to justify the weaknesses of others.
Consider the following internal dialogue:
“Wow. Sherry really messed up with that patient today. I could go see how she’s feeling… no, she blew it because she didn’t listen closely enough with that new procedure change. I’d basically be promoting laziness if I even considered helping her. She’s probably going to be first to go because of her bad work ethic. If I am seen helping her, people will look at me as the next person to be fired. Weak.”
Now this may sound harsh and slightly humorous, but it’s how our mind naturally defaults. The defensive negative. We generally see the world as we are, not as it is. The power of our mental filters is staggering.
It’s the interest in the needs of others that determines above all else, someone with an outward mindset.
What’s an outward mindset? I am concerned about the needs of others, their goals and their challenges.
What’s an inward mindset? I am focused on myself, and see others with their needs. Goals and challenges as just objects to assist me in my own.
If you aren’t aware of the needs of others in your work, then who are you aware of? Who are you working for? Only yourself.
People live under the impression that they have an outward mindset. Thinking that they are constantly giving. When in reality they are often only giving what they want to give, which more often than not isn’t actually what the people around them need. Again the phrase, we see the world as we are, not as it is.
So the question is: To whom can you turn outwards this week?
Now beware – you are going to fail. It would be abnormal if you didn’t. However, even one outward moment a day for starters is something more than what you were doing.