If you don't think that the thoughts and beliefs of your staff members affect your business...think again.It doesn't matter whether you are a business owner or manage a service or directorate within a larger organisation, if you aren't achieving the results you'd planned, the reason could be more than just economic factors.
It could be down to the limiting beliefs of your staff.
So, what do we mean by limiting beliefs?
Well, they are a combination of cultural beliefs and a person's own backstory.
Our cultural and social beliefs can restrict the level of attainment we think we can achieve, depict how we should behave and what we should focus our attention on. For example, if you are a woman you could culturally believe that it is ok to have a career, but you could feel the expectation of juggling that career with the care of family members. Whereas the cultural focus for men might be on the sole achievement of attaining a socially acceptable job and earning potential.
Personal limiting beliefs can be even more damaging to your business. Being scared of pushing beyond your comfort zone, fear of failure, fear of success and the belief that some people are luckier than you can be more damaging than cultural beliefs. Many of these types of beliefs stem from our upbringing, but some are as a result of our everyday experiences in our working environment.
Empowering staff to take responsibility, to understand that mistakes will be dealt with in a constructive manner, to help staff feel confident in their own abilities and to create an environment where all staff members can partake in active decision making will lessen the risk that limiting beliefs will effect them taking advantage of business opportunities.
It doesn't work to leave your business growth to luck.
As Earl Nightingale said, 'luck is when preparation and opportunity meet.' So, by fully engaging and empowering staff, preparation will be enhanced and opportunities grasped.
Originally posted on my Linkedin page