Like our computers, programs running in the background can impact our thought process and performance. Using the computer analogy, malware can happen that causes the regular functioning of some programs to be slow or ineffective.
So, what’s running in the background of your mind? Is it a fear that you aren’t good enough, or that the next step will fail? Might you still be dealing with unresolved feelings over a previous misstep? Either of those “programs” might make your outward performance tentative or overly aggressive.
If you find your performance, professionally or personally, is sluggish, here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Examine your output. Whether you are concerned about workplace performance, or the state of your relationships with those you lead or interact with, honestly evaluate if what you are getting is what you are aiming for.
2. Explore what needs to change. If your output isn't what you want, try to identify where your goals and mindset are not aligned.
3. Get help. Whether you engage in a self-evaluation process or hire a coach or therapist, an objective set of eyes will help you identify where you are versus where you want to be and map out a plan for productive change.
Programs that harm the functioning of your computer don’t mean you get rid of the computer; just that there needs to be elimination of harmful programs and perhaps some upgrades to the system.
You are much more valuable than your computer. The sooner you identify what’s running in the background of your thought process, the sooner you can embrace the changes necessary to create the mindset that will produce the life and leading you want to exhibit.
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