Recently, I have really thought a lot about beliefs and the irony of how they can enslave you and even limit you but also ground you and empower you. Maybe it's the current state of politics around the world, maybe it's the many companies and leaders we are working with who are developing a new culture or leadership ethos, maybe it's even our own constant quest to find new and better ways to help our clients improve their impact - but everything is pointing towards the need to become more aware of and to challenge previously etched-in-stone beliefs.
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, the ways you can gain recognition and success, and pretty much everything else in life. Many times these beliefs can provide you with great stability, direction, comfort, and success. But often, these beliefs can also prevent you from growing to your full potential.
Every day at TIGNUM, we try to help you challenge your beliefs. What does it mean to be a leader? How can I drive more impact with less force? How can I do the same (or even more) with fewer resources? How can I approach my day, my week, my quarter differently so that I can be better for those I interact with (both at work and at home). Are your current beliefs about these things holding you back, blocking your growth, and causing you anxiety or are they helping you?
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.
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 differently 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.