One of the best parts of being a leader as a manager or HR pro is the role we have in inspiring and motivating our people. Not only is it a positive, uplifting experience for us, but it’s also one of the ways we make a real difference to our people and our company. No matter our job roles, We all want to be inspired to do a little more, be a little better, and make a difference to those around us.
We must start with ourselves, then we can influence our employees as well. And it will be one of the most gratifying parts of our job.
This slideshare based on the book “Super Brain” by Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi gives a lot of helpful advice on how “to inspire and guide your brain,” which will impact how we interact with those around us at work and beyond.
Before anything else, “Feed your brain positive input.” This positive input includes getting a good amount of sleep, exercising, eating a balanced diet, meditating and trying to reduce stress whenever possible.
Once we have the physical stuff under control, we can start thinking inward. That’s where we make conscious decisions to “practice good mental habits.” Here is some advice on how we can use and encourage our employees to do the same:
· “Remain open to as much input as possible.” We know how important continual feedback and guidance is to the success of our careers. If you close yourself off to direction, you won’t be learning or growing.
· “Examine other points of view.” This means listening more than speaking. Yes, we might have a great idea (aren’t most of our ideas?) but other people have different backgrounds and have perspectives different from ours and their opinions matter too. Most importantly, we need to make sure we’re making the best decision for our team and our company.
· “Take possession of everything in your life.” Own it. We can’t be blaming everyone else, even if it isn’t our fault. Even if that project failure wasn’t our fault. Pointing fingers doesn’t do anything but drag people down. What really matters is what we do now. What’s our next move? That’s what we DO have control over.
· “Harbor no secrets. Free yourself emotionally.” If there are things you feel you need to hide, there’s a problem. And it’s a burden. It can be a huge release to open up and admit what’s happened in the past so you can move past it for the future.
· “Don’t judge yourself or others.” If you’re doing your best work, there’s no reason to question how it stacks up against others. We’re a team with our coworkers. When we’re working as a team, we should be happy for one another and building each other up and celebrating each other’s successes—not wondering if they did better than we did.
· “Take one thing at a time. Avoid distractions and multitasking.” We’ve all heard that when we’re multitasking we’re not doing anything really well. So stop trying to do all at once, go at a pace you can handle and do your best work with whatever is your top priority.
· “Don’t regret the past or fear the future.” We can’t change our past. Instead of dwelling on what we can’t change, think about what’s next. Similarly, instead of being afraid of what’s around the corner, think of the possibilities! We only have control over what comes next.
· “Redefine yourself every day.” Isn’t it refreshing to know you don’t have to be the “you” of yesterday? Every morning, we have a choice to be who we want to be. We can either rehash what we did yesterday or we can look how we can improve each day. That’s the beauty of having a new start with the sun rising. We have a choice who we want to be and what we’ll do differently.
This is how to “turn the tables on your brain.” Of course, we can use these principals in our everyday life as much as in our work life. If we continually work on being our best selves, we’ll be able to have a great impact on those around us. Think of how amazing the office (and the world) would be if everyone practiced these mental habits!