The rat race is just one of the many ways conditioning manifests itself; it tends to have a greater impact on us because work has become so central to life.
Becoming aware of our conditioning and behavior at work is as important as it is in all areas of life. As we become more aware, we can begin to consider what needs to change.
A good understanding of our purpose and why we are here can serve as a motivation for changing our behavior and addressing our conditioning.
We have to expend significant effort on breaking conditioning and growing in order to become better leaders of ourselves and others.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Understand your current state by asking for feedback. You can also take readily available assessments.
- Take time to reflect on the way you are presenting yourself, responding and leading on a daily basis. Live in the present. Value every person you meet and be present during your interactions.
- Develop a clear vision of the person you would like to become.
- Set a few goals for changing your behavior.
- Set goals in areas important to you, based on the feedback you receive.
- It is fine to set short-term goals, but you should probably set long-term goals as well.
- Commit to taking specific steps for each goal and write them down.
- Find someone to keep you accountable. A coach, mentor or friend can be very helpful.
- Measure and monitor your progress, and remember to celebrate your successes.
Take this process seriously—it is part of your journey. Change does not happen overnight, so it is important that you use a telescope rather than a microscope on this journey, which means be patient and constantly consider the long term.
My journey continues, as I seek to grow as a person and achieve my true potential. I constantly remind myself that this is not only important for me, but also for the people I love, lead, and serve—now and in the future.
Unconscious bias is one area in which conditioning affects us individually and collectively. Realize and make a serious effort to break this conditioning. Doing so can benefit you in ways you cannot imagine.
We each have so much to offer the world. Conditioning, along with our view of the world and others, can be detrimental to living out our purpose. We need each other, and by recognizing the value of each person, we can alter the culture of division and prejudice in our communities, and change the world for the better.
The way we live today is affecting current and future generations in ways we may not intend. Being conscious and others-focused is something that we can all achieve if we make a commitment to get out of our own way.
Attitude is a very powerful thing. It affects how we think and act. Many of our beliefs emanate from our attitudes:
- Over the years, I have learned that if I believe strongly enough that I can achieve something and act on it with faith, I often accomplish the goal.
- By the same token, if I doubt myself, my accomplishments are lessened.
What is your attitude towards yourself?
How did it develop?
Are you happy with your current attitude and the results you are getting, or are you disappointed?
The important thing is to realize where you stand and the impact it is having on you and those around you. It is never too late to modify, shift, and adjust our attitudes and change for the better.
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