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Beating Self-Limiting Beliefs

My comments in Gwen Moran’s article:

5 Habits To Get Over Self-Limiting Beliefs

by Gwen Moran – FastCompany

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CHECK YOUR LANGUAGE

A big warning sign that you have an iceberg is when you say things like, “That’s impossible” or “I have to,” says mental toughness consultant Andrew D. Wittman, PhD and the author of Ground Zero Leadership: CEO of You. When you’re feeling fear or resistance about something, it could be a sign that you have an underlying belief that is triggering those reactions.

 

SUSPEND DISBELIEF

Your icebergs may have been formed when you were a child, so they could be pretty well-entrenched and hard to shake, Wittman says. But once you find them, you need to give them a rest, even for brief periods, by suspending your disbelief that you can get beyond them. If that sounds impossible, you need to think again—you do it when you get lost in a movie or other experience that you know is not real, he says. Once you’ve silenced the belief, ask yourself how you can do the thing that you want to do but feel you can’t.

“If you say, ‘How would I?’ your brain will go to work and find all the information that would back that up, and so that puts you in the position of where you can, or at least you can find the solution to, whatever you’re facing,” Wittman says.

Taking It To the Next Level

How to take your performance to the Next Level

Andrew & Dutch discuss the secret ingredient that all top performers mix into to their daily lives that boosts their results.

Hint: Take MASSIVE ACTION

Peak Performers surround themselves with folks that push and provoke each other into taking massive action.  These fellow performers strip away, refute and refuse any and all EXCUSES from each other.

Are you surrounded by people that will hold you accountable and refuse to accept your excuses for not taking action?

What would it take for you to surround yourself with those that will push and provoke you to higher levels of fulfillment and success? (Another hint: CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER)

The 2-Minute Rule

Suspending Your Disbelief for 2-Minutes

On the Get Warrior Tough Radio Show,  (heard live on WCCP FM every Saturday at 11AM Eastern) Andrew lays out the 2-minute rule of suspending your disbelief for 2-minutes, whenever your inner self-talk screams out resistance to any new idea or concept – stop and instate Andrew’s 2-Minute Rule.  Watch the video to get an in-depth look at how to use this Mental Toughness and Ground Zero Leadership tool.

To see more Get Warrior Tough Radio Show videos, go to the Andrew Wittman YouTube Channel and use the START NOW box at the top of the page – fill in your name and email and be in the loop, getting all the latest leadership and mental toughness strategies and tactics!

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What is the Outcome You Really Want?

Are YOU willing to the pay the price to get it?

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Andrew, Qualk & Dutch, (WCCP The ROAR, 105.5 FM) discuss the process of how and why major decisions are made, like why 49ers linebacker Chris Borland would walk away from millions of dollars and a promising career after only one season.

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Going into any situation, ALWAYS ask yourself, “What is the outcome I really want?”  After you give yourself an answer, follow up with, “Am I willing to make the sacrifices to get it?”

I don’t know Chris Borland, but I admire his clarity and mental toughness to walk through the honest assessment process and then make a clear cut decision.  ALL of us have the same option to make a choice, to go for the outcome we really want, once we have made the decision to pay the price to get it.

This honest assessment strategy is a handy tool to use in any context, whether it be dealing with relationships, career moves, fitness and nutrition, or buying a house or car.  Before entering the decision making arena, always know before hand what outcome you REALLY want.  Then calculate the price in physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial terms. Are you willing to pay that cost to get the outcome? If yes, then go for it. If not, then be prepared to settle for less.

 

Engagement = 18 Times the Net

Engagement + Expectation – Frustration = 18x Your Bottom Line

Egagement Frustration

Andrew and Qualk (on WCCP 105.5 FM) discuss how organizations (of all types) that strongly engage in Performance Discipline and Mindset Training, statistically increase their bottom lines by an average of 18 times over organizations that don’t.

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Strong Engagement of:

1) Honest Assessment/Objective Reality

2) Inspiring a shared Vision

3) Competence – Always having a Solution on the board & modeling the way

4) Challenging the Process/Status Quo

Over a 30 year period of observation, organizations from Fortune 500 companies, to small businesses, to churches, to schools, to youth athletic leagues, that strongly engaged in the above mentioned areas performed at an average of 18 times the NET to their bottom lines. (The Leadership Challenge 5th Edition, Kouzes and Posner, page 27) 

All performers raise their performances to the level of expectation, and conversely lower their performances to the level of frustration.

When frustration levels become so great that expectations are equally low, take a time-out, a physical break, and cooling off period.  Hit the reset button.  Start fresh with a new focus on the 4 areas of engagement.  Soon after the new focus takes root, expectations will automatically begin to rise, and subsequently, so will performance.

 

Hall of Fame Mindset & the Science of Visualization

Mindset &Visualization: Keys to Greatness

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Qualk (from WCCP 105.5 FM) and I, discuss the mindset that separates the Hall-of-Famer from the rest of the pack, including breaking down the 4 -tracks of thinking:

1) Auto-pilot: Disengaged, life is a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get

2) Negative: Ruminating on past mistakes, always anxious and expecting the worst outcome possible – reroutes your brain’s neurons away from focus, attention and motor control, and releases cortisol and other hormones into the body sending it on a track of sleeplessness, lethargy, fat storing and stress-related diseases.

3) Positive: Better than negative mindset, but can produce bad results – everything is NOT always sunshine, flowers, waterfalls and unicorns.

4) World Class Mindset: Utilizes CRITICAL THINKING skills, separates emotion from the decision making equation and relies on logic, has an execution-based focus, does not pay attention to stats, the scoreboard, or accolades.  This mindset reroutes the neural connections to bypass the reward center of the brain and sends signals to the areas directly controlling motor function.

Qualk and I, also discuss the science (biopsychology) behind Visualization and how creating an IMAX-quality movie clip of how you want to perform gets your body and your mind lined up to produce the results you desire.

 

Guts, Glory and Posture?

Using your Body Language and Posture to Create a Winning Attitude

Guts Glory and Posture?

Listen to this week’s Mental Toughness segment on Out of Bounds with Qualk & Dutch.  Andrew talks about a strategy to create a winning attitude by manipulating your posture, body language and demeanor.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – OUT of BOUNDS with Qualk & Dutch on WCCP 105.5 The ROAR

The word attitude comes from the Latin word aptitūdō – meaning fitness and posture, and came into usage describing a sculpture or statue.  What if your body language and posture weren’t a symptom of your attitude and feelings, and you used your body language, posture and demeanor to create a winning attitude and feelings?

The Warrior Culture has used this technique for hundreds of years to create “CAN-DO” attitudes within the ranks.  That is why the first thing a recruit is taught a boot camp is the position of attention – back straight, shoulders and neck up, belly in and chest out, and chin tucked.

Try it – sit up straight, stand up without shoulders slumping, walk into a room like you own it – John Wayne style.

Mental Command and Control

Mental Chain of Command

Catch the latest weekly Mental Toughness segment on WCCP’s 105.5 FM The Roar’s “Out of Bounds” with Qualk and Dutch.

Mental Command and Control

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Qualk, Dutch and I, discuss command and control of our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes and how giving our thoughts a clear chain of command and hierarchy gives us the ability to compartmentalize in the heat of battle and perform at your peak.

Most folks’ default hierarchy of thought is as follows:

1. FEAR

2. PAIN

3. Confidence

4. Courage

5. Patience (the quality that refuses to give up)

Flip the order and watch your success rate sky-rocket. Make “Patience” your 5-Star General and demote “fear” to the lowliest private.

1. Patience (the quality that refuses to give up) – Listen to this first

2. Courage

3. Confidence

4. Pain

5. Fear (and Fear of Pain) – Listen to this last

Write down the “Chain of Command” for your thoughts, identify and categorize them, and then relegate them to the proper place in your hierarchy.

Let me know what your Mental Chain of Command is and your most successful technique or strategy for applying it in real life and real time.

Boo Yah!