You may be hearing a lot of people talking about ‘reframing’ these days. In my opinion reframing is one of the single best skills you can learn.
What is reframing?
You take a situation, a thought, or a problem that is ahead of you and figure out how to rephrase it to make it an opportunity.
Corporate Bullshit? Yes, and it works in many aspects of life. In and out of the office.
The new stoics call this “Amor Fati”.
Treating each and every moment—no matter how challenging—as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it. So that like oxygen to a fire, obstacles and adversity become fuel for your potential.
Consultants, strategists, and other strategic professionals teach folks to use “How Might We” statements to reframe.
- Problem: We can’t hire enough senior level developers!
- Reframe: How Might We hire more senior level developers?
The former is a problem, the latter is the beginning of a plan. The former is closed, the latter is open. The former shuts down ideas, the latter allows creation of ideas.
I am inspired and astounded at the personal journey of Coyote Jackson.
He reframed his desire to “lose 100 pounds” to creation of “the mind, body and being of an athlete”.
He lost the weight, and created so many things within himself. The weight loss was the outcome of the mindsets and behavior changes.
How to reframe
If you want something for yourself, or the project you’re working on, ask yourself what are the problems?
Write them down as you normally would. Then, think through them in the How Might I/We format. You now have experiments to think though.
Simple, but not easy perhaps. It’s a mindset change. Try just one. I’d love to hear what you think of the reframing.
Coaching is not teaching or “fixing” people. It is guiding them into growth.
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