One of my favourite quotes in life is attributed to Henry T Ford – “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you are probably right”.
When I did one of my courses on training at the excellent TAP academy, I was taught that “Belief creates reality”. In short, I must as a trainer approach each delegate as someone who can get the material and will excel at it.
As a trainer, I am blessed with a new set of delegates each week. A new course and set of delegates, as Forrest Gump would have it, is “like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get”. What I’ve learnt is that everyone who comes on the course is capable of learning the content. While every course I teach has a lot of content – and I mean a LOT of content – people can and do pick up the information. A considerable number then go on to pass the exam and (more importantly to me) go back to their workplaces with new ideas and ways of working.
Knowing this, means I address every learner as a unique individual who can get the content – and it becomes my job to present that knowledge in such a way that they can pick it up. It’s a fabulous job!
That said, I do get delegates who come on the course and after engaging with it for a short while say that they are not getting it and talk themselves out of passing the exam. They are not attempting it and falling short; rather before they dig into the material are actually telling themselves that they are not capable of it. From where I stand, these people have a much lower chance of passing the exam than those who engage and think positively towards it.
As I tell my delegates, “back yourself”. A positive mental attitude approaching training will have a significant impact on your outcomes. Just as it will in any walk of life.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” — Mahatma Gandhi