One of the reasons why people repeat behaviors from the past is because of inertia. Inertia is best characterized as blindly repeating a task, process, or behavior because you’ve been successful in the past doing so. Inertia at its core is about maintaining the status quo and remaining comfortable.
While there are good reasons to repeat certain aspects of our work, preserving the past can become an inhibitor to creating a new and more desirable future whether for ourselves, our employees, and most importantly for our customers.
When it comes to remaining comfortable the vast majority of people have a peculiar ability to maintain the status quo even when the consequences for doing so can be deadly. For example, eighty-five percent of the people who have heart bypass surgery have returned to the exact same lifestyle and diet within two years of their surgery. That’s the same lifestyle that required them to have heart bypass surgery mind you. No matter how uncomfortable their surgery was; no matter how concerned they are for their future health and well being, the inertia of eating and exercising the way they did before surgery pulls them by the scruff of the neck back into their old habits.
1. What aspects of your work are non-negotiable and need to be preserved at all costs?
2. What aspects of your work, while successful in the past, need to be jettisoned?
Your answers to these two questions are an indicator as to the mindset you and your team have regarding change, growth and innovation. If you want to master the mindset that will capitalize on change, growth and innovation, register for my free teleconference entitled Mastering Your Mindset.
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