Our regular chats with Craig have awakened the force within him. Craig is a life-long fan of the guru, Yoda.
Q. Let’s look a few key Yoda quotes Craig. How do they work in a business setting?
• Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
Leaders and managers benefit from becoming confident in their ability to let go. This links to trust and empowering your team to deliver, based on the outcomes that need to be achieved. The closer you are to the detail, the more you miss, as you’re not creating the space to focus on the leadership element. As Princess Leah said, “The more you tighten your grip (Tarquin,) the more (star systems) will slip through your fingers.”
• Do or do not. There is no try
This is my favourite Yoda quote of all time. To try is not to commit. It’s like saying ‘I’ll try to come to dinner’ or ‘I’ll try to achieve it.’ Unless you commit you’re never fully giving yourself up to what you want to achieve. You’re almost giving yourself permission not to achieve. The language that we use to ourselves (our self-talk) is vital. The phrase ‘I’m going to’ is so much more powerful for the brain than ‘I’m going to try to’. And remember that the brain is designed to see what we look for.
• Always pass on what you have learned
As a leader, a manager, a parent and as a human, unless you openly share your learnings and experiences how will others see the world through a different pair of eyes? If you hold onto knowledge how can you ever take a step back and let go if people always have to ask you for the answer? How does that help them to grow and flourish and become a true Jedi?
• You will find only what you bring in
This is about being fully self-aware. The more self-aware we are, the more we can choose the behaviours that help us to be the best version of ourselves. If we think the right stuff about ourselves, situations and other people this will help us at any point on any journey. If we’re doubtful, negative or convey a bad attitude then we’re bringing a poorer version of ourselves to any situation.
• Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future
Whilst we can’t predict the future, we can work on creating the future we want. Tomorrow hasn’t been decided for us. We can choose to think and behave in the right way to drive us closer towards the future we want.
Q. What’s the next step in awakening the force in all your employees?
I don’t think we should all carry a cane and talk in broken English like Yoda! I do, however, feel that leaders and managers could benefit from taking time out to think more. Ten minutes a day to think about yourself, your learning and your people. Think about the mindset you’re bringing to every situation and choose to adopt the right one. Think about what you can do to help every person you interact with have the best possible experience of you.
Q. What’s your favourite Yoda mantra and why?
It’s ‘Do or do not. There is no try.’ The volume of people who, when you listen to them, say phrases such as ‘I’ll try. I’m not sure I can’, is incredible! It becomes a limiting belief and stops people from being the best version of themselves. It gives us permission to fail. When we commit to ourselves, it becomes so much easier to achieve something. It’s an immensely powerful quote which I often use.
Thank you Craig. May the force be with you!