Schools: Changing your thinking towards a solution-focused mindset
You can begin developing a solution-focused mindset by adopting one new habit first and many more later.
Notice the good. What we focus on, often seems to grow and increase.
Pay attention to the way you talk and the words you use. The words we use shape our reality.
Transform a problem into a goal in your mind. Problem talk becomes solution talk. The problem will still exist, but your thinking, speech and actions will be guided towards the goal instead of the problem.
Think about what kind of story you want to uphold of a certain student. You, as an adult, are in charge of this story.
Be prepared to create and promote as many positive emotional experiences as you can, not just for yourself, but also others.
Promote genuine, heartfelt appreciation in all situations. Appreciation also often creates appreciation.
Foster sympathy rather than judgement.
Don’t spare your questions. Assumptions and interpretations can often go wrong.
In difficult situations, try to remember, that everyone is doing their best and what is possible at the given time. This thought usually helps everyone involved.
If a situation needs to change, first make a small change in your way of doing things and see what happens.