In this story we will continue to look at mental management as practiced at ONP-Vietnam. If you have read previous stories, you will have noticed that we are all about continuous improvement, making things better than they were before, and developing new things. We do not just do this with physical processes, but also with our thinking, perceptions, and ideas.
Most people go through life having the idea that the perceptions they have about things are the objective standard of truth. Too often people do not realize that what they perceive as the truth is a perspective which is produced by their own frame of reference (cultural and religious background, upbringing, education, experiences, …); you can show two people the same thing, and they will have perceived two different things. Attention is created by experience and expectation, rather then by what is happening, giving meaning to what we perceive is done by what’s already in our head (frame of reference).
This is both a curse and a blessing at the same time. The curse is that it’s a source of conflict. Not just between people who have differences in opinion, but it also causes issues within people. When a person, for any reason, has selected a negative or unproductive frame, this view of reality can become an obstacle for being happy and productive. Instead of making your brain an ally in becoming successful your frame of reality makes your brain an opponent in becoming happy and successful; this is where it turns into a blessing…we can change it!
Enter the world of reframing…
Awareness; Reframing starts with becoming aware of the current frame, and how this current frame is affecting our emotions and actions. Is the current frame having a limiting effect on us? If yes, then it might be an idea to perform a reframing session.
Reframing session; In the session different tools are used to help us look at things from different angles, from different distances, and from different perspectives. For example, you can look at an issue from your own perspective and use the Debono thinking hats (as an example tool) to look at it from different angles, you can look at an issue from the perspective of another (perhaps the person you are in conflict with), look from a third-person-view (someone looking at you and the person you are in conflict with), organizational view, or even wider. There are many different tools and techniques available to create an incredible set of different perspectives where before you had the idea that the one perspective you held was the “objective standard of truth” setting the tone for your emotions and actions.
Selection; In the final step you select one or two of the newly developed more positive frames to work with to make your own. This will take some practice, but the more you do this the better you will get at doing this. The more you run, the better you will become at running, and the more you actively start to frame things to help you be more positive, creative, and productive, the better you will become at it.
Do we change reality…?
Performing a reframing does not change reality, but it changes the way you perceive and deal with that reality. Some framings are just not productive and make your life miserable. Reframing can help you deal with the situation by turning it into a more productive mindset which liberates positive energy, reduces stress, and other draining emotions.
We find things like this absolutely fascinating and more will follow @ONP-Vietnam…