Leadership Lessons – The Size Of Your Success Is Determined By The Size Of Your Belief
Can you think of someone (perhaps yourself) who may create an idea for some sort of success but has no specific picture of what success really means? Or maybe you can think of someone who has all the skills to be successful but still doesn’t seem to get ahead.
At one point or another, we all find ourselves in situations where we feel stuck. And as one of my mentors once told me, “stuck stinks.” But what if the limits to our success were simply limited in our minds?
Do you have a strong desire but lack belief in your ability or what your future may look like? Are you frustrated because you feel that you are up against a barrier or can’t see a clear path to whatever it is you want to achieve?
History has taught us that successful people were specific about what they wanted to achieve, and things that may have once seemed unimaginable manifested.
Psychologist Carol Dweck, Ph.D. identified two main types of mindsets: fixed mindset and growth mindset. Her research determined that your mind can be a powerful tool for achieving behavior change.
So, what are the key ingredients in the recipe for mind-changing success? Start with being prescriptive, prepared, positive and persistent.
• Why: Being specific with your thoughts and what you put into your mind gives you more power to choose your response to circumstances and ensures that when your preparation meets opportunity, you are ready for the challenge.
• What: Being specific with what you want will give your mind a directive that will make it work more effectively.
• When: Not settling, never giving up and continuous proactive action toward your vision can bring you to the achievement you seek.
• How: Carrying a productive growth mindset gives you the power of choice and helps you act on principle rather than according to your mood or emotions.
It all starts in your mind.
You are not your habits, your beliefs or your attitude. You learn and come to believe these things. And you can un-learn them when you take control of your mindset by focusing on specific thoughts and actions, which then form specific habits.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, author of “Psycho-Cybernetics” said, “Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.”
What is it that you want? Are you seeking more success in some area of your life? More fulfillment? Do you feel like you are either making slow or no progress? If this is you, I encourage you to take a moment and think about what you believe to be true. Are those beliefs actually true? Do you believe it is possible to reprogram your thoughts?
Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
To have something different, we need to do something different. This is about changing your mindset. To grow the size of your success, strengthen the size of your belief. When our beliefs strengthen:
• Our vision becomes more clear
• Our will becomes stronger
• Our resilience and flexibility become more pliable
• Our actions become ignited
To find a positive alternative to your core beliefs, there are a few potential solutions you can try. Remember, your beliefs have been implanted over time, so it will take practice and time to change them!
1. Read books
In this option, you are the onlooker, having indirect communication.
We all have a story about ourselves in our mind. Reading a book or story can help raise conscious awareness, guiding a change of mindset through passive suggestions.
There are many books in the self-help category. According to University of Toronto researchers Maja Djikic and Keith Oatley, reading a book can help put us into the minds of the author. We can start to forge connections that may have an impact on changing our mindset and perspectives.
2. Try journaling
In this option, you are the editor of your own life story, communicating just with yourself.
Effective journaling requires taking a blank slate and turning it into pages filled with what you want for your life. Journaling helps us connect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. As we write down and process what we believe about ourselves, we can also map out the path to achieving our goals.
Journaling uses both hemispheres of our brains, the analytical (left) and the creative (right). When we document progress and reflect, we become aware of and are able to remove obstacles, stay open-minded, express gratitude and take action. As you look at your thoughts on paper, you may find you want to rewrite the story of your life and leave the old behind as you turn the page toward a new day.
3. Enlist the help of a certified professional coach
In this option, you are the active craftsman, with direct communication with an expert.
Many successful athletes and musicians enlist coaches to elevate their success and gain a competitive advantage. The best coaches help people reach their full potential.
What if a coach could help you strengthen your mind, your performance and unlock your greatest potential?
Every thought originates in the brain. The brain is the most complex part of our bodies. By ourselves, we are aware of our conscious mind, but a trained and certified coach can help us tap into what resides in the subconscious.
A coach can help you get different results simply by:
• Unlocking the thoughts in your mind
• Exploring where and why you have resistance
• Creating greater awareness of your subconscious, aiding in your exploration of a new way of thinking and acting that brings you closer to what you want in life
In the end, no matter which solution you choose, the goal is to unlock your mind, strengthen your focus and move closer to reaching your full potential.