Opening the Door to Success and Bringing Others Together to Make the Decision to Change and Succeed

Does your place of work need some positive change? What if you opened the door to that possibility?

Sit down with others you work with (or with your family). Explain the idea of open and closed doors (open to possibilities or closed to possibilities).  Have everyone on your team think through what doors may have been closed in the past for your

  • School
  • Department
  • Company
  • Division
  • Unit
  • Agency
  • Committee
  • Grade level
  • Business
  • Event

Whatever “group” you are working with…really talk through and give folks time to think through what is going on – and what has been kept out during the last year – or longer – because a door has been closed.

As a business, school, committee, organization, or family…Which doors do you now want to open…wide? What do you want to allow in?

Here are some ideas to show you how this works:

  1. In the past, we closed the door to an open exchange of ideas.
  1. But now, we are going to open that door – by inviting people from outside our group to join us for some idea sessions.

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  1. In the past, we closed the door to raising our fees and being paid what we are worth.
  1. But now, we are going to open that door – by letting the lowest 10th of our business go to make room for new, higher-paying clients.

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  1. In the past, we closed the door to high achievement from our students.
  1. But now, we are going to open that door – by being single-minded in making sure that every child at our grade level gains at least 1½ years during the year he or she is with us.

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  1. In the past, we closed the door to many students’ traditions on campus.
  1. But now, we are going to open that door – by having students begin to create new traditions.

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  1. In the past, we closed the door to a healthy workforce.
  1. But now, we are going to open that door – by supporting those who want to eat in a healthier manner, exercise, or otherwise increase their energy and productivity.

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For all of these, you want to be sure to take it past the initial stage of “in the past…but now…” You want to get these to actionable steps or it becomes another one of those “oh, brother” things. So even though I’ve given you fairly short examples of the “But, now” part, go further. Let’s use the last one as an example. If you say,

…But now, we are going to open that door – by supporting those who want to eat in a healthier manner, exercise, or otherwise increase their energy and productivity.

Then you need to begin to be explicit about what that will look like:

  • We will get special water jugs for everyone that they can refill frequently.
  •  We’ll talk openly about walking during lunch time.
  • We’ll offer flex time for people who want to take some kind of class during the work day.
  • We’ll give a percentage rebate on memberships to health clubs after folks have been a member for 2 months.

So the list can go on and on with this and with whatever it is that you are coming up with. Don’t just talk about opening the door…be clear on the actions you will take now that you have DECIDED to open the door.

What happens if you don’t make a decision to open some doors to something you’ve specifically had closed off in the past – or some doors that you had never even thought about opening in the past? Well, I can’t answer that for sure, but you may very well be missing out on some joy, opportunities, experiences, and portions of life that you can only live and come to know if you open yourself to new possibilities.

SPIAFOW_largeWe explored the idea of “decision doors” during 5 powerful personal workshops for members of the Staying Positive Society and those recordings and materials are available for you at Staying Positive in a Freaked-Out World

 

 

 

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