Here’s a pop quiz:  If someone could make you sit in the corner, and said to you, “I want you to sit in the corner for five minutes and, whatever you do, DO NOT think about elephants,” what do you guess you’d thing you’d about first?  That’s right, elephants.

Last time we introduced the process of MindSet change.  The three steps of MindSet change are: Thinking, Talking, Doing.  The example above points out, in a humorous, almost sarcastic way the importance of Thinking.

So, today we’ll start to look at the steps of MindSet change in order, starting with Thinking.

One of the main reasons training fails is the learner’s MindSet cannot accept it.  Unless and until people start to Think about the training and its impact on them, their MindSet often can’t accept the “need” for the training.  Whenever training is implemented, especially if the people are not frequently trained and / or are not overtly told what the purpose of the training is all about, they may assume the training is sponsored by some failure on their part.  When this happens, the training will be ineffective, not might be ineffective, will be!

So, if people are told up-front what the training is all about, why it is important and how it fits into the overall scheme of things, they almost have to Think about it.  (Remember the elephant above?)

If they do not Think about the training, there is a very high probability they will not change their MindSet and, therefore, they will not change their behavior.  This lack of MindSet change is why people often resist changing their behavior.

Next time we’ll look at the Talking step of MindSet change.


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