Thinking and achievement
What do you think of yourself? Do you have a sense of self-worth? Do you think you are intelligent? Maybe you have done one of these tests before and know the score, but even if you don’t know, do you think highly of your intelligence? You may know that the IQ test is very old and somewhat controversial. There are many more types of intelligence that play a role in your life. You might have heard of more types of intelligence before. What you might not know is that when you think highly of yourself, you will also perform better.
The performance of your brain is influenced by your perspective on the world around you and your outlook in life. If you believe in a goal you have set and believe that you are capable of achieving it, then your brain will perform in accordace with your expectation. Your core intelligence does not seem to change much after childhood. The psychology of achievement does still play a role later in life.
Your brain and your success
Nearly everyone has heard of stories where people who did not do well at school, after their school years seem to be able to achieve high financial success. The main character in these stories nearly always seem to have these character traits:
As a child, he normally learned that he could be as wealthy as some of his friends if he would work hard enough for it. He followed a plan and worked hard at it, because he had seen that it worked for other people in his environment. In his view: If others can do it, so can I.
Even without any financial assistence from his friends, but maybe some encouragement, he just knew it was possible. If, on the other hand, this person did not have friends in his immediate environment that caused him to think it was possible to become wealthy, he would not have worked so hard. Do you think he would have achieved the same? He might have had the same goal to start with, but challenges and set backs along the way would have caused home to deviate from his goal, have many false starts and possibly in the end give up. But because he had a goal, and knew from his friends that with courage and determination work hard at his goal he reached it.
Your expectations of yourself shape your world. If you really think something you want is going to be achieved, you are motivated to get it. You get started and you can see it’s possible to get it if you work hard enough at it. This also has a compound effect. You might start with smaller goals, and you achieve it. Then come more challenging, bigger goals. But you know you can do it and you apply the same work ethic as before. Your changes to achieve it are good. And even if every now and then you don’t get it. You have build up a self-esteem that can take a little bump. You don’t get down, but get back up and go on to the next achievement.
This success thinking has a profound influence on your life. You think harder and learn faster and expect to achieve it. Your brain will follow your overriding thought patterns and get trained to perform.
So how do you apply this new thinking?
The first step is to think highly of yourself. You are unique, there is no other person on this planet like you. So comparing yourself to others does not make sense. But viewing yourself as a intelligent, high performing individual does! The next step is to look for evidence in your own environment that you have achieved something. Build up your bank of self-esteem. Then set some of your easier goals and work hard at it. Be very attentive for any evidence that you have achieved it. Do not let it go by unnoticed. Once you do this, you will start noticing that your bigger goals also progress towards realisation if you work hard at it.
But also be tough on yourself when setting goals, be easy on yourself when you fail. Remember that improvements either come in tiny steps or big jumps, enjoy them both. A lot of small changes can also make a big improvement.