It occurred to me again this week reading the details about the Hillsborough inquest, how very powerful your mindset is in determining your actions and therefore your results.
A couple of phrases struck me in the reporting
The first was that the “mindset of the police was all about public disorder, not safety”. As a result of this mindset – rather than correcting understanding what was going on, as fans started climbing over fences to escape the crush, the police thought it was a pitch invasion and sent for dog handlers, despite being flagged as to the real situation moments before by the control room officers who could see what was happening.
That mindset quite possibly prevented the correct actions being taken more quickly, and the thought of that was a source of major regret for Supt Bernard Murray – the deputy in charge that day. He has since died and cannot give evidence at the new enquiry but giving evidence in 2000, he said he wished he had thought to close the tunnel, preventing more fans going into the already overcrowded area.
But the police mindset on the day was that the fans were the problem. Don’t get me wrong – at that point in football, there were issues with crowd control at matches and having lived through the 80’s I can tell you – it was not a glorious time for football. Football fans were seen as hooligans, thugs and drunks. There is something about a crowd mentality that can make people do things they would not ordinarily do but there is also some evidence to suggest that the stadiums at the time encouraged a certain behaviour.
If you treat people as scum, they are more likely to behave that way, and the facilities in most stadiums at the time were appalling leading to pictures of men urinating against walls or into sinks and women – well mostly unable to find a ladies toilet.
Things have massively changed today and the police now treat football crowds as they would any large crowd. Stadiums are far better laid out and catered for and as a result, trouble at football grounds on a large scale is very rare.
Its kind of a vicious or virtuous syndrome. Where your mindset goes, what you expect to get – you will get.
So what are YOU expecting in your life? Where might YOUR mindset be affecting the decisions you take and therefore for results you get? And do you need to spend some time reflecting on whether your beliefs are helping or hindering your progress through this wonderful life?
If you do – I can help. Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
PS The other interesting thing in the article re mindset, was that one of the officers described the man in charge on the day as a “manager and not a leader”. There is a big difference – and more about that in my next blog!
PPS If you want to hear me talk more about mindset and how you can control your thoughts and change your life -come along to the Magnetic Business Seminar on March 18th in Manchester. Book your tickets now at www.magneticbusiness.co.uk – early bird offer ends soon