Injury Prevention Systems: Evaluate Your Mindset
Now that we have discussed the importance of establishing your why and creating your culture, it is important to examine the disconnect between your why statement and your current reality. But rather than starting with a look at your data collection and honing in on your current injury rate (we will get to that later), we need to consider your mindset. At this point, you may be convinced that you need an injury prevention system, but you may subconsciously be holding on to some limiting beliefs. What is your current mindset surrounding injury prevention? A lack of awareness of your beliefs can undermine your success.
To determine your current mindset, answer true or false to the following statements:
Regarding implementing an injury prevention system…
I don’t have time
I don’t have enough staff
I don’t have enough equipment
My manager doesn’t buy in
My staff doesn’t buy in
If you answer TRUE to any of these questions, you may have limiting beliefs that could stifle your systematic injury prevention efforts. It may seem benign to think or say things such as, “I don’t have time” or “I don’t have buy in,” but your thoughts frame your reality and your decision making. Limiting beliefs will sabotage your efforts. The top two reasons I see implementation of injury prevention systems fail is that a compelling why hasn’t been written and limiting beliefs have not been identified and overcome.
Let’s start by looking at the most common limiting belief: “I don’t have time.” Truth be told, none of us have time for ANYTHING! We only have time for the things we make a priority. To overcome the time limiting belief, try this exercise: “What if there was a governmental or organizational mandate that you were required to implement your ideal injury prevention system, how would you accomplish it?” If you can’t imagine your way through that scenario, your chances of success are extremely limited. You need to replace the thought “I don’t have time” with “I have the time I need to accomplish this important goal.”
To take your injury prevention efforts to the next level, write down any of the above (or other) limiting beliefs and describe how you are going to overcome them. If you continue to have trouble, refer to these other posts or check out the coaching/consulting page for personalized assistance.
In the next post, we will discuss the specific analysis of where you currently are and where you want to go.