People are creatures of habit. It is easy to seek the trusted – what is well-known. We want to be comfortable and can easily become stressed in unknown situations. The threat behind this comfort seeking safe zone mode is that it makes people become protectors of stability and that they hinder development and growth.
During these times of change, where the fourth industrial revolution is upon us, a “to be” mentality is what takes us to the next era. It means more people must get up from the chair they know so well, and seek change, innovation, and maybe even disruption.
Things, relations, jobs and life change. That is for sure. If you don´t pay attention, you will loose out. You might become outdated in your profession. You might realize your customer´s have found other means to meet their needs.
To have a “to be” mentality means you need to dare stick your neck out. That goes for both your personal and professional life – they tend to go hand in hand. Don´t hesitate with asking difficult questions. Don´t be afraid to take a separate path from others. But, be prepared that most people won´t necessarily understand your choices.
To take on a “to be” mentality demands that you are very certain about your “cause”. Why does a change make you tick? Will you be able to stay focused, or is it not really in your personality to challenge settled truths?
I believe we all have a “to be” mentality in us, but we all have different reasons and incentives for bringing it out into the open or not.
5 tips for going from “as is” to “to be” mentality:
- Get disturbed: when you realize the current situation is not the place to be and change is in order – do something serious about it. If that means firing your boss that does not provide the opportunities you need, sell your beloved diamond necklace to fund your startup idea, move ahead with it.
- Find your passion: We all have something we care extra about, some topic that motivates and drives us. If you “put this passion to work”, you will see that you can achieve tremendous things.
- Think more: allow for time in your daily routine do just do nothing and let your mind flow. Don´t fill up the day with chores, it disrupts the creative center of your brain. You need this part as it ultimately is what allows you to perform abstract thinking and envision things “to be”.
- Stay optimistic: managing the bumps in the road along the way, is key to stay on course through difficult times. And they will for sure come if you work with changing things. Having a half-full instead of a half-empty glass mentality will get you there.
- Take care of yourself: ensure you get enough rest, exercise regularly and eat nutritious, healthy food. You need your body to play with you, not against you. Be conscious of what makes your body happy and full of energy, and what drains it of energy.
Changing your mentality is doable for everyone. It demands that you are persistent and stay the course, but it will give you back tenfolds. I hope these tips will help you get started on your journey. Best of luck to you!
Looking to build an organizational culture with a “to be” mentality?
The business guru Alexander Osterwalder is famous for creating The Business Model Canvas. He has now also created a model for building an organizational culture that supports innovation. Check out this video of him presenting the Value Proposition Model at The Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco last year. It can be a good help to guide those organizations looking to move from an “As Is” culture to a “To Be” culture.
Parts of the list of tips was inspired by a blog post by the futurist and entrepreneur Bradley Gaulthier.