Wendy Borlabi, PsyD, is the performance and mental health director for the Chicago Bulls and a former senior sports psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee. At Children’s Hospital Association’s 2024 Transforming Quality Conference, March 11-13 in Chicago, Borlabi will share how leaders and their teams can guard against self-doubt, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and other obstacles standing in the way of success. By using the same mindset principles that have helped guide the Bulls to championships, children’s hospital leaders and staff can boost workplace happiness, find purpose in their work, and perform when the game is on the line.
What mindsets hold people back from peak performance?
“A negative mindset can manifest in various aspects of life, from professional endeavors to personal goals. It is deeply rooted in our subconscious, often influenced by past experiences or societal expectations. Overcoming this mindset requires a conscious effort to reevaluate our perspectives and challenge the limiting beliefs that hinder our potential. Addressing and transforming this negative mindset is not just a matter of personal development; it is a crucial step towards unlocking opportunities, fostering resilience, and achieving long-term success.”
What is the key to altering those mindsets?
“Being aware of our tendencies is crucial. Often, we engage in negative thinking without realizing it. Paying attention and recognizing when we fall into this pattern is the first step. It’s not about fearing that negative outcomes will definitely occur but acknowledging that they might. Developing awareness allows us to consciously navigate away from these negative inclinations.
Naturally, our minds often lean towards negativity, so it’s essential to proactively prevent this tendency. For instance, instead of framing situations as a simple win or lose, consider adopting a mindset of win-win or win-learn. When approaching challenges, think of the potential for both success and, if not successful, the opportunity to learn and grow. This shift in perspective can significantly impact our approach to various aspects of life.”
How do these principles apply to children’s hospital leaders and staff members?
“Navigating the challenges of working with children, especially in a hospital setting, can be mentally and emotionally demanding. However, embracing a positive mindset is crucial not only for personal well-being but also for the collective morale of coworkers and the children under their care. By adopting this mindset, every experience, whether positive or negative, contributes to personal and professional development, serving as a valuable resource for future situations.”