In order to have a career that you love, you need to believe it is possible. If you believe “it will never happen for me,” there is no point in reading on. You’ve already told yourself it will never happen – so it won’t.
Here’s how that process plays out according to Tony Robbins (15 minute mark):
POTENTIAL – Most of us have a true belief of what we are capable of no matter what anyone else tells us.
ACTION – Our perceived level of potential dictates the amount of action we take.
RESULTS – If we don’t believe we are capable of much, we take very little action and that yields poor results.
BELIEF – Those results feeds the belief we hold in our potential.
So here’s how it breaks down:
SCENARIO #1 – FULFILLED POTENTIAL:
You believe you are full of potential, so you take massive action. Taking massive action naturally produces more results. Those positive results fuel your belief that you are capable of accomplishing great things.
SCENARIO #2 – UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL:
You don’t believe you are capable of much, so you take very little action. By taking very little action, your results aren’t very good. Those sub-par results fuel your belief that you aren’t capable of much.
This model is self-fulfilling, and it explains why the rich get rich, and the poor remain poor. It explains why Lebron James maximizes and fulfills his potential, and Michael Olowokandi becomes an all-time bust in NBA history. It explains why the Wright Brothers were able to create and fly the first airplane without the benefit of a high school education, or any supplemental funding.
So it comes down to attitude and mentality. In order to maximize your potential and take great action that will yield results to fuel your belief, you need to stand guard at the door of your mind.
WHAT’S YOUR INTERNAL TALK TRACK?
It’s very easy to become your own worst enemy, and to maintain self limiting beliefs that hold you back from unlocking your true potential. So we all must protect our thought patterns from the following diseases of attitude:
INDECISION: Sometimes doing nothing is more dangerous than making a decision At least if you make a decision that proves to be wrong, you can learn and move on quickly rather than being stuck in a rut.
WORRY: As Van Wilder famously stated, worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but you won’t get anywhere.
If something is out of your control, it’s a waste of time to worry about it. If something is in your control, start making moves to correct the problem.
DOUBT: If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?
OVER CAUTION: It’s important to take calculated risks. But history does not remember those who played it safe. History is reserved for those who have the courage to take a chance.
PESSIMISM: Pessimism strangles your potential while looking for problems instead of solutions.
COMPLAINING: Complaining is lazy. As Ghandi said, be the change you want to see.
The diseases are attitude listed above is all about the voice in your head, and your internal talk track. Are you telling yourself that you are capable? Or are you reminding yourself of the problems, challenges, and limitations holding you back? Life is mostly mental.
But now we need to look at the forces that are fueling our personal belief systems.
WHO DO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH?
Jim Rohn stated that we are the average of the five people we spend the most amount of time with.
That means if we are with negative people, we will become negative. Misery loves company.
If we are with positive and uplifting people, we will be more positive.
As Newton’s third law of Physics states, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. So “like” attracts “like.”
So who do you surround yourself with? Are these people who are making you a better person, or are they pulling you down?
Here are the types of people you need to avoid in your life:
THE FINGER POINTERS: The finger pointers blame the world around them for problems rather than pointing at themselves to step up and create better outcomes..
THE NOISE: TIME Magazine & Microsoft report that humans have a shorter attention span than a gold fish (8 seconds). So if you are still reading, it’s a small miracle. It’s important to keep your eye on the prize, and to avoid the endless distractions available to us.
THE DOUBTERS: There are more than enough people in the world that will doubt your ability. You don’t need those people in your ear – it will not help.
THE LEECHES: There is always room on the bandwagon when you are achieving success. Be careful who gets a seat at the table.
THE CRITICS: Criticism is a privilege. Critics talk when others act.
THE ENVIOUS: There are two ways to build the biggest building. You can put in the hard work needed to construct the biggest building, or you can tear down all the buildings that surround you. The first option is the right thing to do, the second option is the easy thing to do.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:
Believe in yourself, protect your mind against negativity, and surround yourself with good people that support your growth. It’s a winning formula to provide ourselves with a chance at developing a meaningful career.