They began by sharing thoughts in small groups provoked by Goethe’s quote:
As he believes, so he is.”
When we believe or tell ourselves something, we act according to that belief and then look for events to validate and reinforce our original belief, this routine is often unconscious. A cycle can occur and may continue to operate as a closed loop process. The belief becomes engrained and our actions habitual, unless challenged. When our beliefs are limiting, this closed loop may limit our performance.
When coaching, mentoring and managing we have the opportunity to support our colleague challenge unhelpful thinking and interrupt their closed, habitual belief cycles. Instead of reinforcing unhelpful beliefs we can support our colleague identify a new outcome. Working with awareness they may choose to identify and substitute alternative beliefs, actions and responses, to turn the cycle into a positive more enabling one.
Yesterday was evidence again at how powerful creating time for our managers and team to develop and reflect on their practice can result in significant change in awareness, behaviour and performance.