The ‘Kind Mindset’

We have all seen tough times during the recent pandemic. It’s an uncertain and volatile world today where everyone wants to achieve everything faster. Emotional quotient, empathy and humility are trends of today’s life. Even the carrot or stick approach is outdated. Collective growth and empowerment are the drivers of today’s business. Kindness is cool. Arrogance, anger, rudeness, etc., is so uncool. Yet, today’s world is also selfish and self-centred. Human values have eroded. Most relationships including family relationships have become transactional and short-lived. The word gratitude has almost exited the dictionary. Depth has given way to shallowness.

This is where being kind shines like a bright star in the pitch-dark sky. The first step in being human is to be kind. The kind mindset has a long-lasting impact on humans. It evokes respect and inspiration. At first you may think that having a kind mindset does not help you progress or get ahead. But kindness is a superpower which is like a magic wand. In the long run you gather followers and people react to you positively. Just that like some other mindsets you must continue to persist and keep going.

Here are 4 easy steps to evolve to the ‘Kind Mindset’.

Believe in the power of doing good

It’s easy to trip someone and make the person stumble and fall but its difficult to help an individual to run and succeed. Often the tendency to create obstacles in the progress of people stems from a negative sense of insecurity and under-confidence. Such people like to create shortcuts on their self-centred path to success at any cost. There is a big sense of satisfaction in doing good and helping others succeed. You need to do it once to get addicted and then you are just unstoppable. The best thing about doing good is that it comes back to you manifold and you become a natural beacon of positivity.

Learn to be grateful

Appreciate what you get and learn to be grateful. Gratitude humbles you and humility makes you a kind soul. Do not forget to thank people when they contribute towards you. When you thank your team as their leader, it means a great deal to them. By being grateful to them you show them appreciation for their efforts and acknowledge them. Genuine gratitude and appreciation are very big motivators and your team get into the loop of doing their best because they feel appreciated and valued. Saying thank you, costs you nothing but builds bonds and solid relationships which are invaluable.

Being supportive is kindness in action

Stop being a fault finder and become a problem solver. This way you will be much better accepted in your personal life or at work. Every human being however accomplished they are, has problems and needs understanding and support. Give people a positive swipe. Overwhelm their negativity with real positivity. Be patient. Listen to them and encourage them to believe in their own capabilities. Just these little things will trigger positive transformation, big things will take care of themselves. Most people live for themselves, live for others too. Collaborate and create a win -win situation for yourself!

Learn to smile

Just a smile spreads hope and happiness. It’s a known fact that a smile uses the least number of muscles in your face. But a frown uses many more muscles. When you smile, for other people if they are lost ships, they see you like a lighthouse in a storm. In some countries it’s customary to even flash a smile at a stranger when your eyes meet. In the Seychelles where I lived and worked for 14 years when you drive past someone you know, you flash your car headlights. And if you pass the car again the second time you again flash your headlights.

Smiling actually means much more than a handshake. You celebrate another person; you acknowledge their existence and say. “Everything’s gonna be all right”.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana

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Amitesh Banerjee
Amitesh is a seasoned positive integrated communications disruptor with several years of multi- country/multi- domain experience. He has worked for reputed organisations in senior leadership positions including JWT, ITC, New Zealand Dairy Board, Seychelles Marketing Board, Perfect Relations, Genesis BCW, Adfactors, Della Group, H+K Strategies among others. Amitesh is Senior Vice President of Beanstalk Asia- a leading Integrated Marketing Communications firm.

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