Mental health is a very important and necessary topic today. How we feel in our personal lives, affects how we feel and perform professionally. If somebody is struggling, it not only has an impact on their professional performance, but also personal relationships inside and outside the office.
Recently I listened to a fascinating talk at this month’s Weightmans Wednesday bi-monthly event in Liverpool. Hosted by Judi Hastings from Your Time 2 Change, the purpose of this talk was to discuss aspects of the mind that affect how we feel, think and act habitually. It was a brief and insightful glimpse into the workings of the human mind, and how it can either help or hold people back.
With a blend of humour, knowledge and heartfelt storytelling, I was impressed with how Judi talked about her background. From being bullied in secondary school, to telling about how a residential course changed her life, leading to learning and coaching people and businesses, Judi showed how you can change your life by altering your mind-set, to overcome challenges and be successful. Listening to her every word, I could not help but admire and learn plenty from Judi’s talk.
What did I learn from the event? The answer is several useful points about how the mind works, and how it affects our reactions to the environment around us. To give you an indication, I have listed some of the key takeaways below:
- Your beliefs can lie to you.
- Conditioning can be personally empowering or debilitating.
- Some of your personal habits are destroying you.
- As human beings, humans love what is familiar and comfortable.
- Confidence is a skill that you can learn.
- The unfamiliar is not something that we as human being like.
- When you change what you believe, you can change your life.
- Changing your beliefs and habits take hard work and plenty of practice.
- Body image starts in the mind and not in the mirror.
- How you feel personally affects how you feel professionally.
- Know what values your habits provide to you and others.
- Everyone is different and unique to each other.
From the above, I have come away enlightened about how conditioning, beliefs and habits affect how we interact with our surrounding environment. In addition, I now understand more how self-limiting beliefs and remaining in your comfort zone restrict your growth as a person, and as a professional. Finally I have learned that habits can be beneficial, if they bring positive value to your life, or they can be negatively destructive. Therefore to summarise, it is important to continue learning and pushing yourself, and that changing beliefs take plenty of hard work and rigorous practice.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Judi for giving an interesting talk and sharing her story. My thanks also go to everyone at Weightmans, for organising a good evening of networking.