Expecting the best

Where do you find your best?

Where do you find your best?

In our last post we discussed the way that our relative perception of what’s happening can actually affect what does happen. We see this with athletes who practice or visualise their performance in their mind, which greatly enhances their results because their body knows what to do.

This is called expectancy theory, where our expectations create brain patterns that are just as real as those created by the events themselves.

When we expect things to go a certain way and they’re in our control, they usually will. That’s because we’re following the patterns we’ve previously created and will drive our actions towards that end.

The most successful people adopt a mindset of positive achievement and view their working hours as opportunity for learning and achievement.

That provides a significant advantage over those who consider work boring and waiting for the hours to pass. Successful people take the same block of time given to everyone but use their mindset to be more productive and to get something out of the process, which leads to greater happiness and success.

Just as your mindset about your work affects your performance, so too does your belief about your ability. The more you believe in your ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will. Believing that we can influence positive change in our lives increases motivation and job performance so that success becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This is not new. The entire self-help industry has been built on visualisation, positive mental attitude and belief and how that leads to massive action where small failures are merely speed bumps on the journey to success. For others, without a positive framework of expectations, such speed bumps may be roadblocks that stop action dead in its tracks.

Bringing these ideas to their logical conclusion shows a positive mental attitude and belief in your ability to get the job done well will put you at a significant advantage over others who are just going through the motions.

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2 Responses to “Expecting the best”

  1. paulhassing Says:

    Well said, WLB2! Kind regards, P. 🙂

  2. adamnrave Says:

    Good advice. I agree with the principle, but I’ve always found the theory hard. But your mindset is your mindset. Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. Keep the good advice coming!

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