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What exactly does “Triple A” has to do with fainting? And what about Mindset First?

AAA(+) could become the magic formula for changing individual attitudes in thinking, feeling and motivation. It could be the key to overcoming powerlessness and power in interpersonal relationships and organizations and to a completely new encounter with ourselves and with other people. And this creates added value for all sides.

Triple A is a seal of quality

Let us first take a closer look at AAA. Triple A is a measure of quality that reflects the quality of a product, a service or the strength of an organisation (see e.g. rating with banks or companies). This rating expresses that it is the highest possible quality. This creates trust and security for the observer.

Admittedly, Triple A is rather rare today. Too many disturbing factors and influences must be considered and “dilute” the result. Some are to be arranged, others rather not.

AAA is rather to be understood as the desired target state, more like a northern star.

Triple A in the sense of the mindset

The named descriptions of  “Triple A” also applies well to the interpretation of AAA, which is taken up here with a view to a “Zeitgeist” or “spirit of the time” mindset. Triple A as a measure of quality and as a desirable target state. A yardstick for oneself, for one’s personal inner attitude and one’s own framework of action. A mindset that shapes one’s own behaviour in a self-determined and sustainable way.

And a mindset in which each A stands for a focus: Attentiveness, Attention and Alignment.

With AAA to a new mindset

Attentiveness

Attentiveness or so to say mindfulness is currently a “buzzword” and a product that is marketed in numerous workshops and in literature. That’s why it’s even more important to be careful with it. What does “attentiveness” mean?

To be present in the “here and now”, not only physically, but above all mentally. Not to be flooded and “disturbed” by the many offers and stimuli, but to concentrate completely on the one moment, what is now. And thereby its uniqueness notice, recognize and evenly? Respect? Completely without an evaluation, only observing. This is a challenge that usually needs to be mastered.

A Master of Mindfulness is gifted with the gift of being in contact with her-/himself and her/his own thinking, feeling and wanting. And to be able to lead oneself.

Attention

Today we encounter attention mainly negatively attributed, e.g. as attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder. The human being seems to lose the ability to focus on something or a person over a certain period. This is questionable, because then there is no more immersion in the depth and then topics are no longer really penetrated. With the downside that there is no natural feeling of security. Rather it remains gladly with unchecked assumptions or superficially developed evaluations.

If the art of attention is mastered, true understanding can arise instead. This leads to encounters that today are called “at eye level”.

Alignment

Alignment means knowing one’s direction and using it as an inner guideline. To know the way intuitively and to give orientation. To be clear and unequivocal in one’s own actions, not to be nervous or arbitrary.

And thus, a reliable quantity for oneself and others. Even in times of upheaval, as they exist today.

If alignment is practised, a high degree of clarity and waste is avoided.

The concentration on the AAA leads to becoming aware of oneself and its value, to understand that others also have their self and value and to bring oneself into action in the sense of a co-creation. So, to become collaboratively self-effective.

And this is exactly what corresponds to the mindset of the future.

What’s this got to do with powerlessness?

In fact, in everyday working life today, powerlessness or actions that are motivated by having the power are the order of the day. In many companies, managers are still perceived as acting powerfully. They are said not to trust their employees, but to dominate them and not to give them the freedom they need. Power-oriented people are said to want to control and influence others. That leads naturally to resistance, since self-efficacy goes here at the expense of a third.

And the same is true of powerlessness. Already in the childhood and youth many humans make the experience that they are limited in their natural drive for action and in their self-efficacy. Instead of having to follow what third parties (teachers, parents, etc.) tell them. Punishment and reward systems that are highly manipulative are often used. At some point the urge to express oneself is not enough. The individual feels powerless and/or adapts in order to be the person exercising power later.

Until then, these are often the employees who feel powerless and in turn “feed” the existing power structures.

Powerlessness and power are two sides of the same coin, the play money of a monopoly, which should now be replaced promptly.

With the Triple A Mindset this is possible. With the practice of attentiveness, attention and alignment that lead to authenticity and autonomy. Making faint superfluous.

“Uploading” enables shaping the future

The term “Uploading” originally comes from Otto Scharmer and his Theory U. “Uploading” describes the conducive attitude and suitable behaviour of each individual in order to shape their own circumstances and future. With an understanding of “Open Mind”, “Open Heart” and “Open Will”, people act consciously and autonomously. He sees himself as a proactive and constructive co-creator of a community. It makes a meaningful, value-creating and sustainable contribution to organizations and society. The meaning of “Uploading” can be understood as an individual creating his or her own substantial contribution and bringing it into the system. The individual thinks, feels and acts on its own and makes this output available to others. Based on its own free will and for the good of themselves and others. That is courageous. This is how the future is co-created.

“No, like this” and “Wow, so” seem en vogue today

Uploading” thus stands in contrast to “downloading”, which is also described by Otto Scharmer. It is about the ongoing reproduction of information already available. Regardless of whether this information is evaluated positively or critically. “No, like this” and “Wow, so” are two sides of the same coin. They express the individual’s actions, which are more owed to the swarm. One joins a trend or a group and follows this view. This has little to do with a reflected individual view and design. Rather, one remains true to oneself and one’s mindset, reinforcing it again and again.

As soon as an individual, a group or an organization shows its edge, i.e. its own point of view, the feedback is not long in coming. Towards the one extreme as well as the other. If the Positioning meets the zeitgeist, it can lead to countless likes and a quantum leap in followers in no time at all. Conversely, countless platforms invite you to give room to your own displeasure, which can quickly grow into shitstorms and hate triads. The more populist the tone, the better. Sometimes the content is no longer important. What this overshooting behaviour does to us as society is another completely different subject.

Co-creation begins by leading yourself

Admittedly, in our world today, every day a whole series of themes become visible that give cause to marvel or to shake one’s head. At the same time, one could be distracted or standardized every minute. Push notifications, Alexa, messenger services, social media and many more try their best to win over our attention. It is a huge challenge to resist.

The daily dynamics, the exponentially developing flood of information and the much-mentioned digital transformation challenge us beyond measure. It is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of things or to form one’s own picture. We are increasingly reaching our limits. It seems tempting to join “like-minded people”, to have a pre-selection of information made, to follow the chosen swarm. And thus, to put one’s own thinking, feeling and acting back.

But how much of a human being does then remain? Is this still worthy of human beings? Or is it more like being a machine?

If we want to keep being human (s), it is advisable to become stronger and more conscious to become a co-creator again. And to shape our own future proactively. Use your own potential and create added value. To express oneself, in coordination with the expression of others.

Otto Scharmers supports “Uploading”.
With the aim of “Presencing”, i.e. to “be present” as a human being and to help co-creating.

First of all, this means to lead oneself.
To do so, the following first steps are recommended:

  • Check your own “downloading” status and make a conscious decision to change
  • Consciously “switch off” disturbances and create more time to be mindful with yourself
  • Consciously form one’s own opinion and use a variety of sources of information for this purpose
  • Give space to personal intuition and learn to listen to it

To do so, techniques for the development of mindfulness (such as mindfulness-based stress reduction) can be a great support.