Updated: May 5
I like things organized. Neat and tidy at home, in my office and email filing system. Not only do I prefer my spaces this way I find the act of organizing and cleaning therapeutic.
I’m guessing about half of you are with me and saying - me too! And the other half think I’m a little crazy and wondering what does any of this have to do with leadership mindset.
For those of you with me I bet you also enjoy a good spring clean out! Whether that be organizing a closet and changing out your heavy winter clothes or cleaning out a few cabinets in the kitchen.
But again what does any of this have to do with leadership mindset?
If you’ve been around for a while you know we talk a lot about our thoughts and how our thoughts are generating the outcomes in our lives. Thoughts, like stuff, are collected over time. For many of us we’ve never taken the time to clean out and edit our thoughts. Our brains are like overstuffed closets full of clothes we never wear, don’t need, don’t fit and frankly don’t want.
When we spring clean we pull everything out, sort into piles, decide what we want, use and then get rid of what we don’t need or use. What is left are the things that we truly use and serve us in our day to day nicely organized for easy use.
Our minds are the same. Consider your thoughts daily at work, in meetings, about peers, your team and your boss. I bet you could use some spring cleaning. The process is the same - make a list of your thoughts, review them and sort out which ones are useful and which ones maybe aren’t serving you today. When we let go of things that no longer serve us, we discover new ways to approach our roles and achieve our goals.
Managing your thoughts and mindset is something not talked about enough in our companies and as leaders. In our program Shatter Your Ceiling we teach you a framework to manage your mindset at work and life. If you are ready to take back control of your own mind and clean out those thoughts we invite you to apply.