The hidden power
When I first began leading and managing teams, I would be irritated by negative and “play it safe” people. My desire to get on and create great outcomes meant anyone or anything which appeared to block the team power or create resistance was simply just a nuisance. That was just one of the many immature attitudes I began my leadership career with. Many years of experience later, I realised my irritation was more to do with the fact I wasn’t actually looking in the mirror at my own resistance and negativity and loss of power. I’ve always seen the world as a giant classroom and what I didn’t learn through traditional learning, I discovered through reflecting on my experiences. It was here I realised the hidden power of the mind.
The hidden power of the mind
One of the biggest “aha” moments in my life and a huge turning point for me was discovering the hidden power of the mind. Quantum science has been showing us for some time that “by the very act of watching, the observer affects the observed reality”. This startling discovery profoundly changes the world that we live in. I am not sure yet we have fully grasped the concepts arising from the findings of quantum science. What I have experienced is:
- What I believed about my team was crucial to their success and secondly
- My team always lived up to my expectations, and if my expectations were low, then so was their performance.
- Quite often I projected the traits I did not like in myself onto my team. Instead of dealing with the unwanted trait myself, I blamed others for it.
Focus on the positive
This is not a flight of fancy. When the penny dropped and I believed my team could be dynamic, enthusiastic and creative, I focused on those aspects. When I saw contrary behaviours; instead of getting hung up about them, I practically helped my team find solutions and develop ways to get different outcomes.
Instead of projecting negativity on them, I started to project positive and affirming traits. The fact is our minds are creatively powerful. Imagination is the creative force of the universe. Anything which has been created was first envisaged and imagined. When we experience outcomes we don’t want then we have miscreated because we have focused on what we don’t want instead of what we do. Mother Therese fully understood this phenomenon when she said, “I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me”.
Instead of anti-war. Focus on peace. Instead of diversity. Focus on inclusion. The unconscious mind doesn’t understand filler words. If you say “I don’t want to go bankrupt” Then you are focusing on bankruptcy. If you say, “I am becoming successful and my business is abundant”. That is what you will set in motion. This simple fact is hard to believe because much of our mindfulness is unconscious. It is our unconscious beliefs and tapes which are creating our world. Our job is to become aware of our unconscious faulty beliefs and change them with life-affirming and sustaining beliefs.
Every single one of us is creating
We have disconnected from our awareness of this fact. So we often we miscreate. Much of leadership is about facilitating different mindsets in order to consciously create. The mind is our creative force, and how we use it is extremely important. Because we don’t realise or understand the creative power of the mind, we are constantly on Groundhog Day. Our script is set. Additionally, our beliefs are set in stone. Our thinking patterns are habitual, we doubt our actions and our days and lives will trundle along.
Many of you will be familiar with the famous quote from Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us” The truth is whenever we are judging or blaming or denying responsibility we are in fact running from the astonishing hidden power of our creative mind.