Over the past 12 years as we’ve developed, refined, delivered, and coached our Sustainable High Performance strategies, we have had to challenge many of our own beliefs about ways of working, travel, leadership, Mindset, Nutrition, Movement, Recovery, and Preparation for our peak performances. As we have worked with our clients, we have seen many of them improve their performance by challenging their current beliefs. Personally, I have found myself in that uncomfortable place so many times as I have questioned something I have learned, believed, clung to for years, and maybe even taught others. Yet, when I have reflected on this process, I have also been amazed at the freedom and performance improvement I have gained by being willing to be wrong, by letting go of an old belief, and by being open to a new possibility.
Your belief system is deeply rooted and controls so much of your life. It is first imparted by your parents and family, then your friends and culture, then your teachers (school, mentors, family, religion, etc.) and the media. Before you know it, you have a set of beliefs about yourself, your place in the world, the way the world should work, about the ways you can gain recognition and success, about everything. Many times these beliefs can provide you with great stability, direction, comfort, and success. But often these beliefs can also enslave you, hold you back, and prevent you from growing to your full potential.
Every day at Tignum we try to help you challenge some of your beliefs. “I can go from meeting to meeting with no preparation, no recovery, eating only junk food, on 5 hours of sleep and be effective.” Really? Maybe you should challenge this belief and you may find that not only could you be much better with a different approach, but you could possibly multiply your impact. “I don’t have time for Sustainable High Performance strategies because I am so busy.” Really? Maybe you should challenge this belief because if you’re that busy, and the work you are doing is critical, you can’t afford to not be your best and this requires Sustainable High Performance strategies. “The pace of change around here will certainly slow down and get back to the way it was in 2007.” Really? Maybe you should challenge this belief because change is the norm in any business that wants to innovate, to respond to customer needs, or to stay relevant.
The point is that every day you get many opportunities to challenge your beliefs. Use these questions to dig deeper, to better understand your beliefs, and to explore new ways of thinking, working, and being.
_What if this belief isn’t true?
_Where did I get this belief from?
_Does this belief help me grow and be my best or does it limit me and hold me back?
_Who would I be without this belief?
_What if the opposite is true?
_Is there a better way of thinking or of doing this?
By applying your High Performance Mindset and asking some simple questions, you may surprise yourself and find that you were wrong. Even if you find you were right, the practice of challenging a belief and reaffirming that it is perfect for you is empowering and liberating. As we have helped our clients think different about themselves, their Sustainable High Performance, their potential, their work, their place in the world, who they want to be away from work, and so much more, we have been amazed at how it has helped them maximize their impact, efficiency, fulfillment, and success.
As always, I would love to hear what you think.
Founder/Chief Performance Officer