A deeper dive on ownership
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” -T.S. Eliot
In my last blog, I talked about what owning my experience meant to me. Today I’d like to dig a little deeper and think about the experience that can lead to collective growth.
Clay Stelzer, Founder and CEO of 15sixty, has written extensively on Owning Your Experience in a team environment. He says, “we’re hard wired to create tension and stress” but too much of it can put us in a “threatened” state. This state is debilitating and can prevent us from moving forward or really collaborating in a team environment. You have to consciously move from feeling threatened to feeling safe and choose to change your mindset, otherwise known as “Owning Your Own Experience.” Stelzer offers a four step process that gives you the power to control yourself, so you can be present enough to participate.
1. Locate – Identify a sense of threat to your ego’s survival: Security, control, or need for approval?
2. Inquire – Review with yourself: How did you get here? Identify the pattern.
3. Accept – Acknowledge your state. Appreciate yourself.
4. Shift – Take a step to move back into safety. Choose to reframe your mindset.
These steps give us a powerful tool for enhancing team collaboration and personal development. The journey from feeling threatened to feeling safe is not just about internal management; it reverberates through our interactions, fostering a more conducive environment for collective growth. How often do we find ourselves trapped in a ‘threatened’ state, hindering our potential to contribute effectively in a team? These steps can help us transcend the limitations.
Are you ready to transform your mindset and own your experience in its entirety? We are.