Have you ever kept doing something even though you understand it doesn’t work? Perhaps you’ve kept enabling a negative workplace behavior because you’ve grown used to it and it’s always been there. This is natural because we tend to be most comfortable with what we know. The next time you find yourself hanging on to a negative behavior try letting go of it.
The act of deliberately letting go of a negative work behavior and trying something new helps you consider new perspectives. Leaders who let go of the behaviors of the past aren’t weighed down by the old way of doing things. It’s like taking a breath of fresh air when you’ve been stuck in a stuffy room all day. You can actually deal with your issues instead of just enduring them and believing there’s nothing else you can do. When you give negative behaviors less weight you’ll find that they have a way of disappearing.
How do you do it? Replace the old behavior with a new, positive one. Practice the new behavior over time until it becomes the new way of doing things. Support yourself and your employees along the way.
What negative behavior will you let go?