Achievement Beliefs

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 5

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This lesson is all about our beliefs, and establishing a strong set of Achievement Beliefs (as opposed to “wait and see” or negative beliefs). What do you do when you come to a cross road? Do you wonder why you’re there? Do you fear crossing the road? Do you push the button and hope for the best? Do you resist pushing the button because you think it is probably out of order? Or do you wait for someone else to lead the way? Your beliefs to a very large extent determine your path and your outcome.

In the ACE – Achieving Combined Excellence – section I introduced the idea of making an “I am” list which contains some of the more popular keys, attitudes, and so-called success secrets, or what I call Achievement Beliefs.

You may have heard about seminars and retreats that lure people in by saying, “Come to my seminar and learn the number one key to all success!” The course will focus on teaching certain key strategies used by a particular individual to achieve success and taught to us so we can model and use them in our own life.

Another program seminar might be for goal-setting, with a flyer that reads:

The secret to success is Goal Setting.”

If we want to get anywhere in life, we have to know where we want to go and we do this by setting a goal. It is the one key to all success.”

Will goal-setting work? For many it has. Does it mean that if you don’t set goals you won’t succeed? No, because there are many successful people who have never taken a goal-setting course. They were living life on purpose and simply following their vision. Another competing seminar group might promote the idea that knowledge is power and its reasoning would read as follows:

Knowledge is Power! We can set goals all day long, but if we don’t have the technique, we won’t have the power. You just end up being a motivated idiot. Know-how is behind every great achiever. Would you jump out of a plane without first learning how to operate a parachute? This seminar teaches you the most important requirement for success and gives you the skill necessary to maximize your ability to learn.”

Can one of these be the key to your success? Sure, if the key fits the ignition of your car. If not, you’re not going anywhere. Really, what matters is what you need at that very moment in your life. If you are dying of thirst, you need water. If you haven’t eaten for a week, you need food. You need both to survive. And it is the same with your achievement beliefs. You just need to find out which ones you need now in order to achieve the goal you are currently working on. They are personal.

We use these achievement beliefs (see the “I am” list) to help us build a plan or map for the current success we desire. Current being KEY here as you are not expected to be using all of these beliefs at the same time. If you do, then you probably are not human.

If the key fits …

Success keys for someone trying to lose weight may not be very effective for someone trying to climb the corporate ladder. Attitudes may be similar, but our goal is to change the keys we use even when they look the same. This brings us to another point for our blueprint, and that is change. We must be flexible and adapt our map to better improve and prepare for our upcoming conditions, whatever they may be. Of course, once you have a set of rules and beliefs to live by, they will never change drastically, but may often adapt with a greater knowledge of information such as adding a key word or simply changing the effect of some words like replacing, “I want a good life,” with, “I have a great life.” What you have is better than what you want, and great is more motivating than good.

But just whose keys should we use? As I teach self-defense techniques in the martial arts, I say, “This is not a self-defense technique against a punch or kick. Instead, this is an exercise to help you train in the movements required to react naturally.”

It is the same thing with the information in this book. I want it to be a part of your natural reactions. For this to happen, you are required to learn the skills and combine them with practice, practice, practice. It simply means that you must adapt to your situation and apply the techniques most applicable to your situation and most relevant to your needs and goals. Read this book 100 times and you will begin to get an idea of what I mean. While that may be an exaggeration, I urge you not to think that all the information contained in this book (or series of books) will solve all your problems instantly or soak into your subconscious with one reading. That would be highly unrealistic. It will take (just like getting a Black Belt) hours of training (reading), working with your MAP, and experimenting with various techniques and strategies.

Let creativity flow and make each achievement belief you choose support your current goals and desired personality. Put your beliefs to use by doing things in your life that demonstrate putting them into action. If you put your beliefs to use on a daily basis, they will slowly become a part of your character so you can begin to use them unconsciously. Your strategy is an instruction manual for your actions as an individual seeking personal growth. Pledge that you will strive to meet your own requirements daily. This means taking steps toward your goals each and every day.

I have compiled some achievement beliefs that you can use to help you fill out your Personal Achievement Map and/or add to your goal setting focus. I have also included some space for you to add some additional beliefs to the list.

Achievement Beliefs

I am the best I can be.

I am prepared.

I am in control.

I am positive.

I am a good listener.

I am funny.

I am passionate.

I am kind.

I am in the now.

I am active.

I am learning.

I am helpful.

I am creative.

I am honest.

I am enthusiastic.

I am intelligent.

I am disciplined.

I am dependable.

I am caring.

I am knowledgeable.

I am humble.

I am hard-working.

I am persistent.

I am loyal.

I am organized.

I am motivated.

I am dedicated.

I am patient.

I am ambitious.

I am energetic.

I am friendly.

I am goal-oriented.

I am personable.

I am responsible.

I am loving.

I am thoughtful.

I am faithful.

I am wise.

I am healthy.

I am strong.

I am consistent.

I am flexible.

I am giving.

I am team-focused.

I am successful.

I am open-minded.

I am free.

I am achieving.

I am excellent.

I am respectful.

I am important.

I am on purpose.

I am thinking big.

I am balanced.

I am visualizing.

I am growing.

I am planning.

I am taking risks.

I am focused.

I am happy.

I am aware.

Normally I would ask you to repeat the Achievement Beliefs list three times a day, but unless you don’t have a life, that isn’t a realistic request. So instead, I am going to ask you to read it each time you pick up this book, and if you feel like it, write them down or print them out and place them on your refrigerator, bulletin board, or next to your computer monitor.

These beliefs are the very force that shapes the world we live in. Regardless of whether you have a positive belief, such as “I am strong,” or a negative belief such as “I am weak,” your reality will be a mirror image of the way you think. Remember: What you think will happen, will happen. What you think you are, you are.

Think of how powerful a placebo can be. If you believe something to be true, you will create a world around you to make this belief a reality. Can you tell yourself to believe these positive affirmations? You can try, but the fact of the matter is that if you don’t already believe, you probably can’t talk yourself into believing. You have to really work on your self-image and/or the issues in your life that cause you to think that way. You need to change and that is what this book is about.

You can’t simply say, “I can defend myself,” and expect to perform well in combat with little or no prior training. It is still important to believe that you can do well in spite of the lack of training, but your time spent in the martial arts to improve your skills is what will make this belief a reality. Your self-image will adjust accordingly. In the meantime: Fake it until you make it.

This means that you most certainly should do everything in your power to adapt the positive beliefs that are currently out of balance in your life. We need to decrease our limiting beliefs by increasing our positive ones. Do you believe things will work out for you, or do you think your future is full of peril? Smile when you don’t feel like smiling, and soon your mood will elevate. Approach a new task with a confident attitude of “I can do this” and soon the ability and tools you need will be at hand.

Are you an optimistic person? I am, and yet I’ve failed numerous times in my life. But every time I give a speech about a new idea, it doesn’t show because I believe it will work. I believe you can never fail if you keep pushing those buttons. If you are patient and push the button, eventually you will get a green light to cross. But do you want to cross that road? Well, if you are more positive than most, likely you will have the motivation to start walking. Many of us wonder, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” And that is the type of moving toward thinking I want you to consider. But there are also many of us who ask, “Why didn’t the chicken cross the road?” This is the limiting self looking for ways to keep you from taking action. You need to choose your beliefs wisely. You need beliefs that bring you closer to your goals– inspiration to cross the street.

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Copy or print the list of Achievement Beliefs provided in this chapter. Spend some time reading them and seeing how they fit into your own belief system. Which ones fit? Check them off. Which ones don’t? Circle them for work. Are there some beliefs you could add?

Okay, look at the image of a Personal Achievement Map and then continue reading to learn more about each of the seven areas of our PAM. These are taught in the following articles:

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 1

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 2

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 3

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 4

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 5

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 6

How to fill out your Personal Achievement Map – Part 7

Achieving Combined Excellence

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