How do you cope with change? How good are you at adapting to new situations? Do you have a growth mindset? Are you resilient?
We are living in an unprecedented situation. We are constantly dealing with change and uncertainty, but we are also facing new opportunities every day. Are you ready to reimagine the world?
Reimagining the world
Crisis and tough circumstances tend to have an empowering effect on people, careers, and even countries. Some of the biggest companies were created or found their identity during their crisis.
It is what inspires our creativity and makes us think outside the box. Being uncomfortable and outside our comfort zone can help us grow.
“You need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable”.
Reality and facts are common to everyone, the only difference is how you perceive and react to them.
Choosing to be proactive and look at the opportunity is entirely up to you.
You can evolve and help create the new reality or you can sit back and wait to go back to the old ways and become obsolete by the end of the year.
A growth mindset and Resilience
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.” (Dweck, 2015)
“Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.” (American Psychological Association)
These are, under our current circumstances, the most essential aspects of a leader.
You are now given the opportunity to create new systems, new ways of working, be more creative, and think differently. Even more important, there are no wrong answers because the truth is we have never been in this situation before. So there are no previous responses, we can come up with our own creative solutions to the problems we are facing.
Having a growth mindset and being resilient will help you see the opportunities of the future instead of being stuck in the problems of the past.
Example: Work-from-home Situation
Some people are just waiting until they can go back to the office, while others are already adopting this new way of working and getting the rewards that come with it.
Talent: you are not limited anymore to finding people that live in the same city or geographical area as your business.
Flexibility: working from home can help us find a better balance between work and parenting.
Turnover: companies are already experiencing a decrease in turnover thanks to remote work.
Savings: not having to commute can save us both money and time. Some studies show that we could save over 2.500$ a year just working part-time from home.
More opportunities: sometimes for people with disabilities the action of going to the office can be a real challenge. Working remotely can be a solution to this problem.
Environment: not having to commute every day is one of the best ways to reduce carbon footprint.
Living in your dream house: we don’t need to choose between our dream house or our careers, because we will have the opportunity to do what we love while enjoying a mountain or sea view from our desks.
We need to understand that this is still new and we have a long way to go. Working from home can also have negative effects, which is why we need to find the right way to overcome its challenges. Also, it is essential to build a system that offers trust and support, both employees and employers need to feel confident and supported in their everyday work.
Creativity, innovation, imagination. All these skills are becoming essential in the new norm. We can already see companies adapting to the challenges and even benefiting from them.
The difference between people who are already achieving this and those who aren’t is their mindset and their resilience.
How to cultivate a growth mindset
We must stress, this change in mindset is not something that is achieved in a day. It is rather something you need to work on every day, but the results will be with you forever.
Pay attention to your thoughts. Since a mindset is just a belief, changing your thoughts should be the first step towards a growth mindset.
Thoughts create feelings, that become emotions, and these influence your behaviour. This is how important thoughts are but unfortunately, we still don’t give them enough credit.
Focus on the process rather than the outcome, this way you can appreciate all you have done instead of worrying about how much you still need to do.
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know, because you have the possibility to learn. Accept that you will need to put time and effort into it but that you are capable of evolving.
Change doesn’t happen outside, it happens inside. This transformation influences and inspires us to change the outside, but it only happens if you embrace the opportunity to change and improve yourself. Once this happens, great things can be achieved.
As Optimists, we believe it is our duty to reimagine the world and create a better and more efficient one. It is not an easy task, but you are not alone either, we would love to help. Are you ready to be part of the change?
Get in touch with us for a free consultation about our transformative talks, workshops, and 1-1 coaching sessions and become the change that you want to see in the world.
At Optimist Performance, we specialise in helping people maximise their potential, by supporting them in the rediscovery of their purpose and the realignment of their goals and values, to ensure the delivery of long-lasting behavioural change.