The importance of your beliefs cannot be overstated when you are seeking to “uplevel” your goals, performance, leadership and/or life.
Believing that the uplevel is even possible is critical to your success.
But, just like a fish who doesn’t realize it’s swimming in water, we are often unaware of the beliefs we are carrying around. Although we can see the results of our beliefs in the actions we take (or don’t take) and the circumstances we create, we often fail to see the causal link between our beliefs and their outcomes. One could say that our beliefs actually do shape what is possible yet we may not realize it.
So, what do you think is possible for you in 2018? What exciting goals have you set? What beliefs do you have about achieving those goals? Will those beliefs help you or hold you back?
Over the years of coaching, I see that many people have what I call “goals I wish I could accomplish but don’t believe I actually could so I’ll hide them and hope they go away.” Instead, they choose goals that they should choose, that make sense, that fit the plan. Yet, inside they wonder if they actually could achieve that hidden goal.
Unfortunately, most people dismiss what they want—what they really, really want—too quickly. They get stuck in the mix of work and life, don’t want to “rock the boat,” and reject the possibility of upleveling before they’ve even tried.
In order to get out of this rut and really commit to your uplevel and bigger goals, you must become more aware of the beliefs that are underpinning your hesitation, and then take time to unpack and explore them. These beliefs influence what you think is possible. Are they serving you or holding you back?
This may seem like a daunting task, but upleveling doesn’t have to be hard. It can be invigorating, inspiring. It can transform the way you think about yourself and the way you perform.
But in order to achieve a successful uplevel, you need to be willing to expand and revise your beliefs. You must commit to the belief that upleveling is, in fact, possible and worth doing. The practice below will assist you in exploring your beliefs.
Leadership Uplevel Practice
Name five beliefs you have about the uplevel you want to create. Notice the belief itself and how that impacts your both your mind and your body.
Here’s an example: let’s say you want to produce a more collaborative work environment. You might have the following beliefs about collaboration:
- Collaboration is productive.
- Collaboration is inspiring.
- Collaboration is a waste of time.
- Collaboration is draining
- Collaboration is necessary for growth.
Each of these beliefs will move you towards or away your goal of having more collaboration at work. Most people have contradictory beliefs about a situation which can keep them in a holding pattern and prevent them from taking action.
So, take time in the upcoming week to explore your beliefs about your uplevel and 2018 goals.
What did you find? Let me know!