May 13, 2021

TPL Insights: Building Peak-Performance Cultures #67 – How Mindset Enables Full Potential

By Rob Andrews

With paraphrased content from The Pacific Institute: The World’s Foremost Authority on Mindset, Fresh Thinking and Organizational Agility 

Realizing full human potential requires a certain mindset. No one climbs to the top of any profession without trials, tribulations, and setbacks. If we are to achieve our full potential, we will learn how to think, how to control self-talk, and how to program ourselves to live the lives we want, rather than the ones we may be headed toward. For fifty years, the brilliant principals at The Pacific Institute have known that we can change the way we believe, altering the way we are being. We build beliefs through our thoughts, self-talk, and visualization. Self-talk triggers mental pictures, brings about emotions, and forms beliefs. As these beliefs accumulate, they build patterns and self-images. We are never victimized by the beliefs or opinions of persons around us; rather we have been positively or negatively influenced by them. As we allow these beliefs to accumulate, we move toward the self-image that exists in our minds.

Human beings do not act in accordance with the truth. We act in accordance with the truth as we believe it to be. I encourage you to learn to control what you think about, to learn to filter the information that comes to you from others. If you choose to accept and give sanction to the creative, constructive, and positive thoughts, while rejecting the negative and self-deprecating thoughts and beliefs, you will begin to accumulate positive thought patterns. You will begin to see yourself, your organization, and in fact the world in a much different light. You have all heard it said, “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” This is not just a saying, but our reality. You cannot indefinitely perform in a manner inconsistent with your self-image. If I change the way I “think”, I change the way I “see.”

You are where you are, and you will wind up where you wind up, because of the way you see yourself. If you see yourself as capable of amazing accomplishments—your chances skyrocket. If you listen to the nay-sayers of the world, the ones who have told you all your life to think realistically, to lower your sights, and get your head out of the clouds, you will leave most of your potential on the table. We all need to watch our self-talk. Every adult on the planet is living the reality that they have created in their own mind. Many people go through life affirming problems and not solutions.

If we are to achieve our full potential, we need to decide to move toward what we want. We need to see the joy, the accomplishment, and perfection. Then we need to write out affirmations of a new reality; so, we don’t randomly allow our thoughts to meander. Discipline and control the projection of your imagery to allow what you really want to become reality. Surround yourself with positive things, positive stimuli, and possibility thinkers, not complainers and thumb suckers. Human beings become like the people with whom they associate, the tapes they listen to, the books they read, and the programs they watch. People who are growing and accomplishing envision a bright future as if it existed today. They learn to “tell the truth” in advance.

You must learn to keep promises to yourself. When you know you can count on yourself, you develop new confidence and your self-esteem soars. The reality for most of us is that we promise ourselves a lot of things and deliver on few. Our delivery rate is low for a number of reasons. Some of us simply do not believe we are worthy of the best life. It has been said that you could literally take all the money in the world, divide it equally among all the people on the planet; and within five years, it would all be back in the same hands. The size of your goal will, to a great extent, be determined by your self-esteem. We must all continue to work on our self-esteem, so that the size and scope of our life goals grow in equal proportion.

Low self-esteem is often difficult to recognize. People with low self-esteem unknowingly draw people to them that are impossibility thinkers, pessimists, and nay-sayers. You can measure the size of your self-esteem by looking around at the kinds of people with whom you feel comfortable associating, the quality of your relationships, your comfort with your spirituality, your physical state of health, and the overall quality of your life.

Build your self-esteem by thinking constructive uplifting thoughts about yourself, by eliminating sarcastic and demeaning thoughts and by eliminating sanction you give to those who don’t appreciate your potential. You must learn to put big positive weights on your own attitudinal balance scale without waiting for others. It is you and you alone who will ultimately determine your success in life. You must know you are good; you must wear it well, and then, and only then, will you be able to share your greatness, wisdom, and gifts with others.

Learn to be who you want to be by reprogramming with positive reinforcement. Don’t use coercive programing by telling yourself you have to lose weight, get fit, get disciplined or whatever. When you tell yourself, you must do something, it is the job of your subconscious to say, “You don’t have to, I’ll get you out of it” and then to work with creative avoidance, procrastination, or stalling to get you out of the “I have to.” Your subconscious will work against you if you try too hard and will move you toward that which it has been programmed by the conscious mind. Program your subconscious with the kinds of pictures you choose deliberately. This process will take repetition, but the rewards will be huge. You will reap benefits from this process in direct proportion to the effort you expend. You absolutely can be the person you believe you can be. Your challenge is to believe. Next week, we’ll get into affirmations and visualization as our partners at The Pacific Institute teach.

The purpose of this blog is to share what we’re learning about building cultures of peak performance. We study organizations that outperform their peers and have observed the following principles at work: Unified Leadership, Disciplined Hiring, Leading with Purpose, Stakeholder Engagement, Cost Leadership, Measuring Everything that Matters, Customer Experience, Clarity in Everything, and Staying Ahead of the Curve. If you’d like to talk about how we can help your organization, or if you’d like a thought partner, please give us a call.

Warmest Regards,

Rob Andrews
Allen Austin
Consultants in Retained Search & Leadership Advisory