Day 5 of #blog365 and I've been pondering what to write about today.
I've already written a "businessy" type blog earlier today, that created lots of discussion, so I wondered could I extend this topic a little wider.
I was contemplating why some business leaders choose to treat their employees like robots or machines, preferring them to leave their heart and brain at the door, when they could be engaging their hearts and minds in their business. ( that's the very short version, but if you want to read more you can do here)
From a more universal, or spiritual standpoint I wondered what makes people choose one way of leading others over another?
Could it be their mindset... I mean are they in fear of lack? Feeling that the world is a hostile place where you have to dominate, where you have to fight and battle?
Or, conversely, a mindset of abundance, believing that the world is an abundant place, filled to the brim with opportunity.
These questions were raised for a couple of reasons; hearing of a business take over, where an abundant mindset and culture had been healthy, to then be replaced with new owners that have a fear, limited mindset, where nobody is to be trusted and therefore are ruling with iron glove and fearful heart full of lack .
The second was a post I read on facebook, earlier today. A business owner had posted in a networking forum asking for advice. Another business owner had popped into his own group and posted an event... his words were that he was a direct competitor and how should he handle this as he felt it was wrong
( I've paraphrased there).
Now if you held an abundant mindset, perhaps you would encourage the other business owner, support them, not berate them, give with a servant's heart, so to speak?
If you held a mindset of lack, you would be fearful of the other business owner, seeing them as a threat, that they may take the small amount of business that was out there to be won.
I find that mindset hard to understand.
If you know me, then you'll know I support and act as an advocate for other, therapists, trainers, writers, coaches.... the list could go on. ( you'll notice that in both yesterday's and today's blog in fact).
As I know; without any doubt, that I live in an abundant universe. That there is more than enough to go around ( hopefully one day this will count for food and water and we will be able to bring this mindset to everyone in the World... but I'm a dreamer... thank god for the dreamers... in fact I'm sure there's a lovely quote about that, I digress... I'll search for that in a moment)
I know without doubt the people for whom I'm the right person to work with will be drawn to me and then other people will be drawn to my colleagues ( see I did it again, I don't see them as competitors, I see them as colleagues) There's a right fit in all of these things.
If we live our life through lack, otherwise drilling down to the basic emotion of FEAR, then guess what will show up in our lives... you got it FEAR and more lack.
If we live our life through the mindset of abundance.... drilling down to LOVE... then that too will be our experience.
Lets take it back to business and leaders for a moment..... I've also just started another book... I know multi tasking.... The new leadership paradigm by Richard Barrett
Which looks at the seven levels of consciousness in alignment with values statements and behaviours of leaders. ( and so much more)
The following diagram describes the Seven Stages of Psychological Development. (all credits to The Barrett Values Centre )
What's interesting is that this is not so very different from the spiritual understanding of the 7 levels of consciousness and you'll note the correspondence with the chakra energy system as depicted by the colours down the left hand side. (A vast subject that I could write about for hours, maybe for another series of blogs at a future date)
( All credits for this diagram to The consciousness paradigm )
I do love it when the pieces fit together......
If we take that a step further then and take a look at how this plays out in people, leaders shall we say , in business.... then maybe we can start to understand what's really going on... I mean at a much deeper level, in terms of their own psychological and spiritual development in terms of their consciousness. ( again all credits to The Barrett Values Centre for this diagram)
Maybe some leaders are simply just not getting to number 4 or further.. or THE ANAHATA
(Anahata (Sanskrit: अनाहत, IAST: Anāhata, English: "unstruck") or heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra, according to Hindu Yogic, Shakta and Buddhist Tantric traditions. In Sanskrit, anahata means "unhurt, unstruck, and unbeaten".
Or more simply put....the heartfelt aspect of leadership, which in turns allows for the development to cover the whole spectrum.
So..... it's been a deep and meaningful one today..... as I've pondered the thought of why do some people have a mindset of lack and some abundance.
I urge you to consider today.... which do you hold?
LOVE or FEAR
ABUNDANCE or LACK
As what you focus on grows....
Oh and before I leave you for this evening.... that quote:
“Blessed are the weird people:
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.”
― Jacob Nordby, Pearls of Wisdom: 30 Inspirational Ideas to live your best life now