Hi there and welcome. It’s Kerstin Jatho here from 4Seeds Consulting, a transformational coach who shifts people from languishing to flourishing. In this video, I want to talk to you about creating an abundant mindset in your working environment.

I’m sure you’ve all observed an athlete preparing for a race. Just seconds before that gun goes off and they need to run, they close their eyes, they go inward, they internalise, and they actually visualise the race. They go through the motions that they have been practicing for their actual race. But what’s critical is that they set the intent of being at their best.

The question is, when it comes to a working environment do we use that approach? Do we look at really being at our best and being abundant? And the answer is no. In a working environment, we often use a model called a deficit model, a fix-it model. So, we identify the problem. We look at the solution and then we evaluate it. You might ask yourself what’s wrong with that model. The challenge with it is that it is always in this fix-it mode, and you are looking at it from a lens of negativity.

What would happen if you changed that lens to an abundance approach, where you actually go, ‘how does it look like if we are at our best, when were we at our best, and how did we behave?’ The benefit of that is that you can very quickly connect the memory of when you were at your best. That image pops into your head straight away. Plus, it connects the emotion.

The next step of looking at that approach is that you want to have it again. You want to repeat it, perhaps even this time to challenge it and be better. So, if you contrast a fix-it mindset or approach to an abundant mindset, they come in with two totally different energies. The one is very negative. Let’s fix it, let’s solve it. The other one is very positive, very opening, very engaging, really tapping into people’s potential and flourishing.

So, in your next team meeting, instead of going in with a fix-it mindset of ‘what’s the problem, what do we need to solve here?’, start the conversation of asking your team, ‘when were we at our best? What did that look like? What were we doing, and how can we repeat that?’, and see how the meeting, as well as the ideas and the creativity and the contribution, changes dramatically. It is really just a mindset shift and hopefully, you will be one of those athletes who then wins and gets a new personal best.

Over to you for sharing your comments and experiences.

When was your team last at their best?

About the Author: Kerstin Jatho

Kerstin is the senior transformational coach and team development facilitator for 4Seeds Consulting. She is also the author of Growing Butterfly Wings, a book on applying positive psychology principles during a lengthy recovery. Her passion is to develop people-centred organisations where people thrive and achieve their potential in the workplace. You can find Kerstin on LinkedIn, Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook.

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