May 20, 2021

TPL Insights: Building Peak-Performance Cultures #68 – How Mindset Enables Full Potential, Part 2

By Rob Andrews

With paraphrased content from The Pacific Institute: The World’s Foremost Authority on Mindset, Fresh Thinking and Organizational Agility
Continued from TPL Insights #67: How Mindset Enables Full Human Potential Part 1

Over your lifetime, through your perception of your surroundings, through all of your senses, you have been cataloging information about yourself. The data you’ve gathered has been interpreted and stored in your subconscious mind, as a collection of mental images. The images you’ve recorded, and to which you often refer, do not necessarily represent the truth; rather, they represent the truth as you perceived it. Then, over time, through vividly imagining these images, and refining their meaning, they constitute your present-day reality. This is literally the life you are living today.

The problem is that many of these images are seriously flawed. The collection of images that constitute your reality, the images that exist in your subconscious, drive the way you see your worth, your capacity for greatness, your ability to love, your spiritual connection, your physical health, your professional success, your financial condition, your friendships, the works. Every single human interaction you’ve ever had, has had a lasting effect on you. Every book you’ve read, every paper you’ve written, every movie you’ve seen, every relationship you’ve had, every recording you’ve listened to, every TED talk you’ve watched, is recorded in your subconscious mind. The fact that you’ve experienced and recorded these things is not, in and of itself, a problem. The problem is that human beings assign meaning, make judgements, and “edit” the data they gather before, during and after it’s collected.

Tracy Goss, in her book The Last Word on Power, says that human beings routinely assign meaning where there is none. Abraham Maslow said, “Geniuses are ordinary people who have had nothing subtracted from them.” Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever a man or a woman can see and believe they can achieve.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Marilyn Ferguson said, “Your past is not your potential. At any hour, you can choose to liberate the future.” Jim Rohn said, “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming.” You won’t believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.” Deepak Chopra said, “Find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” Brian Tracy said, “Fear and self-doubt have always been the greatest enemies of human potential.” I could fill many pages with quotes like these, but I’m sure you catch my drift.

Remember that human beings are teleological in nature, which means we move toward images. We move toward images in much the same way a heat seeking missile moves toward its target. The truth in this case does not matter, because we record our saved images as reality. This fact will be a big key in reprogramming yourself to become the person you want to become. I mentioned earlier that attending a 1981 seminar Lou Tice put on at The Pacific Institute had a profound and lasting impact on me. From the date I completed the seminar to this, I have had the tools to reprogram my mind to achieve my full potential. While I’ve not used the tools perfectly, they’ve added tremendous value, fulfillment and meaning to my life. What I need is a constant reminder that these tools exist, are grounded in sound scientific research, and are available for my use.

One challenge I face is going back in time, pulling an image from my subconscious, reliving it, re-interpreting it and re-saving it. When we visualize, sometimes quite vividly, these old images, they are edited and re-recorded in our subconscious. Much like editing and resaving a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file, the new file replaces the old one. The edited collection of new images constitutes our new reality. The equation goes like this, I X V = R on the subconscious level. Imagination X Vividness = Reality on the subconscious level.

Your current self-image is nothing more than a large collection of images that have been recorded, edited, and saved in your subconscious. You can learn to use experiential imagery to develop new pictures in your subconscious. You must be able to see your future as you desire it, in the present tense, to replace the old images with new ones. All meaningful and lasting change must start on the inside and work its way out. To create this change, we must create the kind of imagery that is personal, positive, and present tense. You will learn to see the changes you want to make, as already made. You will learn to see the income you want, the house in which you want to live, the physical health to which you aspire, in short, the life you want, as your current reality. We will learn to write out affirmations, use them as trigger tools, and use experiential imagery to reprogram our subconscious. We will be predetermining our future results, instead of moving through life being controlled by random people, places, things, and events.

The job of the creative subconscious is always to maintain sanity or reality; to make sure we act like the person who matches our subconscious reality. We cannot consistently act otherwise. Once we learn to see ourselves in a new light, our creative subconscious will lead us toward our new selves, with our new income, new business, new weight, new health, our new life. We will have deliberately decided the way we wanted to be, programmed our minds, and allowed the changes to take place. We will be using our subconscious precisely the same way an airline captain uses the automatic pilot on a commercial airliner. Our self-image is our automatic pilot system. It is that way today. It’s just that the programming has taken place randomly. We will now make deliberate decisions around how our automatic pilot system is programmed. We will use the tools of affirmation and imagery to permanently reset our automatic pilot systems.

Here is perhaps the coolest thing of all. Once you’ve reprogrammed your subconscious, you will not have to “work hard” to make your desired changes your new reality. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying you won’t have to work to become the person you want to be. Mastering these principles will require an open mind, a healthy sense of curiosity, eagerness to learn, and willingness to take a new approach. I was tempted just now to say take a leap of faith, but I don’t think that’s accurate. In 1937, When Napoleon Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich, reprogramming your mind along these lines might have required taking a leap of faith. Today, I believe it is more a matter of recognizing what we’ve learned from neuroscience and using the knowledge to become the persons we want to become. Stay tuned for Post #69 for more.

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Warmest Regards,

Rob Andrews
Allen Austin
Consultants in Retained Search & Leadership Advisory