Some of these are probably really obvious and I'm sure you've heard them before. But the question to ask yourself is:How often are you using them as part of your own self talk, or when you speak to your staff or students/clients; and when you do, are they working for you or against you?
Because little catch phrases are great.
They can be motivating, keep us on track and help us when times are tough.
But sometimes, when they're heard or seen in a different context or light; they can turn from being the magic which transform us to the negativity and stress which debilitates us.
Here's the most common 'motivational' ones I see in workplaces, above desks and in the kitchens of my clients, prospects and colleagues:
• Never give up
• Believe in yourself
• Learn from yesterday
• Get over it
• Let it go
• Try something new
All great phrases but unless there's action and substance behind them, they often become glib and lose their true effect.
Because if you're not clear on your business and personal direction, if life is pretty tough as you wonder where the next student will come from, or even knowing what is the next best step; then all of these phrases can often be met with a 'give me a break' response and attitude.
When you are in that space (and I've been there), it can be so hard to see anything, can't it; let alone any clarity, because their intent seems impossible to practise or achieve.
At times like this, I usually give my clients one phrase to help them connect with themselves, their business and their direction; and as I've sometimes been called 'the CSI for RTOs', that phrase isWho Are You?
When all seems lost, if we are able to connect back to ourselves and our business, we can look at the reality we have created to determine if the dream is still there; or it is a nightmare which needs to be changed to survive?
And that's where my next set of magic words come into their element, not only for the RTO Owner/CEO/Manager, but their team and their students as well.3 Words To Transform Your RTO
• I don't know
• It's my fault
• I am sorry
• Please help me
• Let me help
• Why is that?
Why are these phrases my favourites?
Because they are the ones which show our vulnerability and connect the most with people because, depending on the context; they will demonstrate accountability, responsibility, curiosity and a willingness to change and help.