What’s Driving Your Behavior
I’ve spent my whole life on a personal development journey. Probably like you, I’m continuously looking for ways to create the best version of myself. I’ve been doing it since I was young.
I can see now, looking back, that this has been both a blessing and a curse at times. It has led me to accomplish some amazing things, and it has robbed me of the joy in the present on more than one occasion. Personal Development has also helped me to identify and magnify my strengths, and it has helped me to identify and sometimes dwell on my weaknesses too much.
My Mentor, Friend, and now Partner Robert Stuberg has always taught me that our Thoughts Create Our Life. You’ve heard me say this many times. I’ve also learned that our thoughts are determined by the Questions we ask ourselves in that little voice in our heads. You know that one I’m referring to. The one that you constantly talk to…or maybe argue with our go back and forth with.
But here is something else I’ve learned…
The key to influencing your thoughts and questions you ask yourself is to identify the Presupposition that exists behind all questions and thoughts we have. Let me give you an example.
I often ask myself “How can I do this Better?”. In other words, every time I accomplish something in my life (personal, professional, or business), I am actually presupposing that what I’ve done might not be good enough. As a result, I am rarely happy with the work I’ve done…even if it is light years ahead of the average. And, even if it is more than good enough to accomplish what I am setting out to do.
Maybe you do the same thing in areas of your life. Many of your thoughts are driven by questions that you ask yourself that have Horrible or Unproductive Presuppositions. Do they have benchmarks that are unattainable? You have to start changing your perspective, your filter, your presupposition. For example…
What are the questions you are asking yourself…
- Am I good enough?…you are good enough
- What are they thinking of me?…who cares what others think
- Why is my life so complicated?…maybe so you can get stronger
- Why does this always happen to me?…maybe that’s a good thing
- Why can’t I catch a break?…because you would be weak
The problem with this is that we set ourselves up for failure from the beginning. We create impossible benchmarks for ourselves, and even though we are probably progressing in our journey we simply don’t recognize and appreciate it enough.
The Solution (spoiler alert) is that:
We have the ability to Create and Control the Presupposition that ultimately determines the question and the thoughts.
By simply making a conscious decision to rearrange the source of our questions (the presupposition), we can influence the entire process and create a different outcome. This in turn will create much more happiness, fulfillment, and success in our lives.
Now I know this is easier said than done which is why this leads me to what I want to talk to you about this week. Maybe I’ll be talking to myself, but most likely we all fit into this discussion to a certain degree.
This week I want to unpack this conversation of What Drives Your Behavior and Activity. I want to offer a few suggestions on how you can break it down and reprogram how you frame your questions and thoughts in hopes it will multiply your results.
So, Here are the things that I want you to dig into, and we will discuss each of these areas in more detail on The Daily Mastermind Podcast throughout this week. Episodes 196-200. Can you believe we will be at 200 Episodes? Anyways, here are the key areas:
Are you focusing on Pleasure or Pain?
Most of us are either chasing pleasure or running from pain.
Identify which one is influencing your decisions and actions daily.
Find a way to move toward Abundant thoughts for better results.
Are you operating from a place of Abundance or Scarcity?
When we struggle we are usually operating out of Scarcity.
The best solutions start with Abundance and Positive Thinking.
Scarcity usually builds up over time and takes effort to break down.
What is “Your Story” you are telling Yourself and Operating From?
We all have a story we tell ourselves…it drives the source of our questions, thoughts, and results. What are the Presuppositions and Stories we tell ourselves?
- Am I good enough?
- What are they thinking of me?
- Why isn’t this good enough?
- Why is my life so complicated? or why is this happening to me?
- Why can’t I catch a break?
- That person has it easier? or they get all the breaks?
Watch the movie Mr. Rogers…some great examples there.
What are Your Limiting Beliefs and How can You Get Past Them?
Tony Robbins and many others are well known for this topic. Take the time to unpack and learn what limiting beliefs you have. Really dig into the limited beliefs and why you have them. Then, find a way to rewrite that story and limited belief in a way that serves you best. There is always a way to rewrite the story. Remember that you are the author, main character, sometimes the villain, but most certainly you are Always the Hero of your Story.
Find a way to Become the Hero of Your Story. Make the decision that you are only in chapter 5, 6 ,or 7 of a 20 chapter book. Maybe you are moments from the “turn of events”. Maybe you are right in the middle of the drama. Maybe you are in the middle or end of a second or third turn of events or dramatic chapters.
But you absolutely know that the Story is far from over. The happy ending can always come. The Hero will always show up. The Events will most certainly turn in your favor. How do I know this? Because you are the Author. You write the Ending. So write it. Put some serious thought into how you want the Next Chapter to go. You don’t have to write the Ending. That’s the secret. You literally don’t have to have the entire book figured out. You just need to know the next chapter…and know that that Chapter is going to be a turn of events in your favor. (unless you want a little more drama first haha) Sometimes that makes for a bigger come back.
You are not Suffering from a Set Back. You are Setting Up Your Come Back…Guaranteed.
I truly believe that if we want to change our lives, we really need to dig into the problem and work backwards to the source of our creation. Your thoughts are determined by the questions we ask ourselves. Our thoughts have a presupposition wired into our minds and actions. We can Create and Control the foundation, values, and presuppositions we choose to set on ourselves.
But it takes daily rituals, daily focus, and persistent action to create, wire, and reprogram each of these things into our lives. I believe you can do it. I am doing it myself. I am here to support you, which is why I created The Daily Mastermind. Take advantage of the tools, resources and thoughts I put into this Podcast and The Daily Mastermind Mobile App. Download the app if you haven’t on iTunes or Google Play.
Also, Please tell a friend or share this podcast with someone today. It would mean a lot to me and it will most likely influence and help someone else that is working on the same struggle that you are.
That’s my message for the week and I look forward to talking with you more tomorrow on the podcast.
George Wright III
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