We know our attitude makes all the difference: the way we feel about something determines how we see it and what we do about it. But it can be tough to notice our mindset! (The fish isn’t aware of the water in which it swims.) It can be even tougher to change the way we think about something! 

Here are twelve conversation-worthy questions to get folks talking (and thinking) about mindset.

Let’s talk about mission… 

  • What are we ‘up to’? What’s our goal… our ‘why’… the reason we’re here together?
  • Why does this goal matter to you personally? Not the business reasons, but the emotional one; why are you working on this rather than something else?
  • What do we want people (us and others) to do differently, in order to achieve our goal? What do we want them to think and feel differently?

Let’s talk about possibility… 

  • Is this thing we’re up to possible? (We’re not asking if it’s likely to happen or predictable!) Do you believe, in your heart-of-hearts, that this can be done? Why?
  • When have we done this thing before — for short periods of time or on a smaller scale? What examples of this can we see in other fields or settings?
  • What’s an example from your own life of a time when you proved doubters wrong? What stories do you know about people who have done things that didn’t seem possible? 

Let’s talk about responsibility… 

  • Who needs to change in order for us to achieve our goal? 
  • What’s our part in this situation? How do we (you and I) contribute to people actiing and thinking the way they do? How do we think and do those things too?
  • How do we (you and I) influence the way other people think and act? What do we do that affects other folks’ mindset?

Let’s talk about commitment… 

  • What are you are committed to (family, faith, marriage, health, etc.)? How does commitment affect your behavior in those areas? What is the power of commitment?
  • What’s your commitment with regards to this goal of ours – no kidding: what can other people count on you to do?
  • What would get in the way of your declaring this commitment to the people on your team? How might these reservations affect your ability to achieve our goal?

Interested in learning more? Ready to get people thinking about how they think? We’re ready to help. 

About the author: Andy Erickson is a founder and principal consultant at Humanus Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in people-centric leadership. He can be reached at aerickson@humanus-solutions.com


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