This month we are focusing on mental hacks that will help us perform at a higher level and ultimately, be happier. These little mental shifts help us personally and professionally so they are a win-win. Today let’s tackle our beliefs; more specifically, how we show up as our authentic selves or “authentically you” as I like to call it.
I talk about beliefs regularly. Quite frankly, this entire month is focused on beliefs if you really think about it. What do we believe about Mondays? What do we believe about our worthiness to feel successful and accomplished? Beliefs are critical to our daily lives. Henry Ford said: whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right. In other words, whatever our minds tell us is true, we believe it.
Do you believe you can make a difference at work? Do you believe you can help your team be successful? Do you believe you can solve any problem as long as you have enough time to analyze the situation?
All of these beliefs are what I would consider positive, forward-moving beliefs. They are supportive of your success.
But what if you don’t believe these things? What if you normally believe these statements but you’re on a new team, in a new situation, just got into a new relationship, etc. and now you can’t say you believe these things. You can’t because you haven’t experienced yourself in that situation and your belief is dependent on “having done it before.” What do you do? What happens?
What you believe is true is your truth. The solution to this is super simple, and yet super complex. The answer is to tweak your belief and say: I have done something like this in the past, I can do it here.
Speak to any athlete. They will tell you that their mental confidence determines how they perform. It’s why they practice over and over again. They build their confidence so they can say, “I’ve made that shot before, I can do it again.”
You are the “athlete” of your life and business. Your mindset will determine your success.
When you prepare to tackle a new project, work with a new team, or face a new situation with your kids/spouse, instead of saying, “I have no idea. I have never done this before.” Change it to, “I can always find the answer and solve the problem because I always have.”