Last Saturday I was on my way up to Syracuse to train.
Most would say this is a boring trip to take by yourself. And while I do agree with them, not having a passenger(s) affords me an awesome opportunity- listening to The Winning Mindset.
For those who are not familiar with The Winning Mindset, I hope that after reading this post, you give some serious consideration to adding it to your training plan.
While I’ve read the book a couple of times, I’m more likely to listen to the CDs due to the travelling I do.
Each and every time something new catches my attention.
This past Saturday it was a passage in Chapter 2 on Beliefs.
Here’s the excerpt I’m referring to…
If you believe something is possible, your mind will work overtime to come up with solutions by asking better questions. If you don’t believe it is possible, then you are sending a signal to your mind that says, “This is not achievable, focus on something else.” If you aren’t sure whether or not something is possible, then your mind is divided, partly accepting, partly negating your belief. If, on the other hand, you feel totally confident in your belief, then you send a signal to your brain that sends the message, “This is possible. Figure out any and all ways to make this come true.”
Out of that belief you can come up with better questions like:
- Who can help me/us?
- Who has done this before?
- What approaches seem to work best? Which ones don’t seem to work as well?
- What should I/we do first? What should I do right now?
What about Limiting Beliefs? What do they hold us back from doing? What do you think having a limiting belief does to your nervous system? Think about it. How did 37 runners somehow mysteriously break the 4 minute mile barrier within a year of Roger Bannister doing it? Did they suddenly get stronger? Well, actually, yes. But it had absolutely nothing to do with their body, and had everything to do with their expanded beliefs, which allowed their minds and bodies to achieve something that they heretofore thought impossible.
Did every one of the 37 runners who broke the four-minute mile in the year after Roger Bannister have the potential to do it? Of course they did. But until he did it, until they had that second-hand reference that allowed them to believe it was possible, they didn’t utilize their full potential.
Most people are not aware of the degree to which limiting beliefs hold us back. Consider phrases like these:
- I could never do that.
- I don’t think it’s possible.
- I’ve never been able to before, why should this time be any different?
- I’m not _____ enough (smart, strong, old, fast, etc.)
- Maybe someone else can do that, but not me. I don’t have the background.
What is each of these saying?
Forget saying, screaming?
I/WE DON’T BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE! or IT MAY BE POSSIBLE, BUT I/WE CAN’T DO IT!
- Cause us to ignore opportunities by not focusing our minds on solutions
- Create a sense of false limits about our abilities, talents, and power
- Limit our potential
…So are you ready to start tackling your Limiting Beliefs and turning yourself into a mental monster?
Here are two things you can do to take the next step:
1. CLICK HERE to visit KevinSeaman.net and pick up a copy of his book and/or CDs.
2. CLICK HERE to download a copy of his book on iTunes.
Regardless of which you choose, do something.
You wouldn’t have read this post if you didn’t think your mental game could improve.
So pick up The Winning Mindset and get to work!
P.S. I am required by law to state whether or not I am receiving compensation for promoting The Winning Mindset. I am not. All I am doing is simply trying to make you aware of a system that’s had a profound impact on my performance.
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Lovely post!! I completely agree with what you wrote about the brain messages, because I exprience this thing myself, when I believe that this thing is a little difficult but can be achieved, my mind starts building up a strategy, on the contrary when I start thinking that a particular task is out of my capabilities, my energy drops and I start looking up for alternatives. Thanks for the share.