What are you minding?

How many are minding their ideas, visions and plans


The phrase Mind your business is more commonly used as a phrase of realignment – a phrase that is used to request the listener to redirect their thinking or action and sort of shift from the current matter at hand.

According to Wikipedia, “Mind your own business” is a common English saying which asks for a respect of other people’s privacy. It can mean that a person should stop meddling in what does not concern that person, etc. Its initialism is MYOB.

It sort of got me wondering – if we could assume the seriousness of “mind your business” to other areas of importance we would have eureka moments and approach life at work and outside of work with a different perspective.

What depth of thoughts would we attribute to these phrases if you took it all in more intentionally?

Mind your brainchild:
How often have thoughts and ideas come to our minds and we don’t follow through on? Are you minding your brainchild? Or branching off and leaving them on the sidewalk of our minds?

Mind the gap:
Mind the gap is an instruction used on the Underground in the UK to warn passengers to be careful when leaving the tube or train as there is quite a distance between the train and the platform.
In layman’s terms, it’s a phrase that greets you at every train stop in the UK. So it sort of builds the consciousness of “watch the space” “there is a gap”.

In Nigeria (train or no train), the concept of personal space is alien to some of us!
People get in your face to talk to you, get in your space to provide updates, ask questions, hawk in traffic or just beg. Yes, the beggars just don’t stand and beg, they peer into the car and lean their faces against the window. The hawkers take it to an all new level by ensuring you personally get distracted by whatever you may have been doing – they snap their fingers, stomp on the floor, pull the elastic bands loud or just rattle against the window – with that look of what the heck – you must buy from me!
How do we start to provide ‘mind the gap’ lessons across our land?

Mind your womb:
Mind your womb is personal. How many are minding their ideas, visions and plans like expecting mothers mind their wombs?
Once a (Nigerian) woman is expecting a baby the norm is silence and evasion. All of a sudden there are exceptions to most if not all public gatherings, no lights camera action….minimise moving around, rest, sleep, eat for two, eat for three….you get the picture.

So why don’t we take this approach to our ideas and follow-through like we’re minding our wombs?
Imagine how many entrepreneurs and ingenious ideas would have been birth if we all just take this mind your womb business very personal.

Mind your child:
It takes a village to raise a child is an old African proverb. In essence it means raising a child is a communal effort. It resonated with me a bit deeper after watching the movie – ‘Queen of Katwe’ over the weekend where ‘mind your child’ and the proverb truly came to life. I ABSOLUTELY loved watching this movie with my 7 year old chess player and can’t help sharing some of these life changing quotes to live by whatever your “child” might be –

“…In chess the small one can become the big one”
“….to find where you belong you must make your move!”
“…Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong. You belong where you believe you belong. Where is that for you?”

Written by Ngozi Adebiyi

Ngozi Adebiyi is the Lead Consultant at OutsideIn HR & Career/Leadership Coach @ OutsideInCoach. Our focus is practical interventions that address the challenges of businesses today. We specialise in HR Business Partnering & Leadership Development with the goal of revolutionising HR in Nigeria & consciously unleashing inner greatness!

Email: Ngozi@outsideinHRng.com

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