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Mind Hack to Improve Performance

Mind Hack to Improve Performance

Mind Hack to Improve Performance

Human performance is controlled by human thought, a form of nervous energy, and a limited resource. To be most effective, the limited amount of thought-energy that we use to direct and control our performance, in any task, must be concentrated and focused onto a single point.

If our thought energy is NOT concentrated and focused, then it is a split focus, meaning that the same amount of energy is being split between two or more tasks.

Whenever we split our focus, we divide our forces and therefore our chances of success.

Why and how do people split their mental focus?

The most common way for people to split their focus is to ask themselves the wrong question.

When faced with a challenge, we have the choice to spend our mental energy asking one of two fundamental questions:

  1. Can I do this?
  2. How can I do this?

Can I do this?

Whenever faced with the question "Can I do this?" your mind divides in two; one part says, "Yes, I can!" the other says, "Maybe I cannot".

Then the mind allocates half of its limited energy finding reasons to justify each claim. The net effect of this split mental focus is lost time, lost confidence, and lost performance.

So, if you have decided to tackle a particular challenge, then it is important NOT to ask, "Can I do this?", because even asking this question is enough to cause you to fail.

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Instead, ask:

How can I do this?

Whenever you ask yourself "How can I do this?" you have already answered the "Can I do this?" question with an affirmative, "Yes" and are now free to focus your mental resources into the METHOD by which it can best be achieved.

Now the mind can get on with doing what it does best, solving problems and achieving goals.

Mind Hack Conclusion

Do not dissipate your mental energy by asking yourself "Can I do this?" because, if you do, you will almost certainly fail.

Instead, focus 100% of your mental energy onto answering a single question: "HOW can I do this?"

This way, you will multiply your chances of success by at least a factor of two.

Focus is power.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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