How do you see the glass ceiling?

Last week, we highlighted all seven non-negotiable skills – the way of a Growth Warrior. Over the next month or two, we’ll be looking at each growth warrior skill, one at a time. Our goal is to introduce you to the way of a Growth Warrior, to be here for you to answer your questions, and to queue you up for success as you read the book (launching any day…) to begin reconditioning how you approach fundraising and business success.

People have made whole careers out of this one aspect – teaching people how to manage their lives and minds. What if we told you that mastering self-management takes nothing more than an understanding of how the brain works and an idea of how to get yourself to do the things you need to accomplish.

In this article, we look at the internal workings of human perception and how you can supercharge your brain using the art of reframing to revolutionize your productivity and capabilities.


Challenging our Perceptions

We have all experienced challenging situations in life and in our careers – we take on a task only to run into hurdles that seem impossible to overcome! An immediate loss of motivation follows because most of us have never been taught how to meet challenges and limitations with the proper mindset of resilience and perseverance.

The trick to surpassing many of these challenges and hurdles is to drive a change in perception. By changing the way we look at the world, we can begin changing the way we look at ourselves and our capabilities. The first and foremost skill essential for self-management is the art of changing your perception towards “problems” to perceiving them as opportunities!

The brain immediately reacts in a negative manner when it hears words such as problems, issues, or difficulties. Instead, terms such as “challenges,” “opportunities,” and “obstacles,” carry a motivating tone that inspires the brain to action.


How to Renovate the Way You Think

These different terms affect us each in a unique way because of the associations we have created in our brains. When we hear the word, “problem,” our brain reaches into its memory bank and pulls out other instances where an issue was defined as a problem. The result is a lack of energy and motivation to overcome the difficulty because our brains immediately associate “problem” with “impossible” if that was our past experience.

Only by switching the terms and their associations can we create an affirmative connection in our minds. One that’s positive and triggers our brain into equating “problem” with something is “possible, difficult, but solvable.” This changes our perception and essentially tricks the brain to begin thinking of new paths forward.

This slight rewiring of the brain is the first step towards modeling the perfect self-management program, and the act of doing so is called “reframing.”


Define Your Capabilities, Not Your Boundaries

By reframing our perspective, we are, in fact, instilling within ourselves a much more profound capability. Through the practice of reframing, we end up training our brains to think in terms of possibilities and abilities instead of boundaries.

This new perception spreads to all parts of our lives, and you’ll be surprised to find yourself being able to rise to many diverse challenges and occasions by merely changing the way you view a circumstance.

This reframing process forms the basis of the skill of self-management, as it helps us learn how to leverage our capabilities and efforts to gain meaningful results instead of shying away from any obstacle we encounter.

This new mindset and attitude can carry you forward toward more significant accomplishments by setting the tone for you to alter every situation to the extent that allows you to define and create the changes you want to see!


Growth Takes Time

Now that you know what to do, the next thing to learn is HOW to do it. The best way to begin reframing your perception is to start from right now! Are you facing a situation in life or at work that seems like a challenge? Why not take a pen and paper, and begin listing all the ways you can leverage this “opportunity”?

The trick to accomplishing long-term success is always perseverance. This does not mean to continue doing the same thing in the same way again and again and to expect a different outcome every time.

It is about learning as you go along and to keep going at it with the right attitude. The right mindset can open a world of possibilities that you never even knew existed. After some time, you’ll end up discovering a set of capabilities that you never knew you could perform.

It takes time to create change in a world that is continually trying to demotivate you and take you off the path to your goals. By being mindful, accountable, and positive, you can train your mind and body to tackle everything the world can throw at you while ensuring the most favorable outcome for your interests.


Bottom Line

As we have mentioned in detail in our new publication, being a growth warrior is about recognizing the possibilities within each obstacle and turning the tables to your advantage with some mindful thinking and perceptive observation. To learn more about self-management and how to set the right direction for your entrepreneurial journey, pre-order our new book today!



Promise Phelon is the Growth WarriorHow do I attract top talent when I have very little money?

Money is what makes the difference – making or breaking it for 82% of businesses who fail because they don’t have enough capital. Raising money is something that you’re going to have learn to be good at. If you’re not comfortable fundraising, then make sure that one of your co-founders is. Part of the challenge of raising money is mindset. Underdogs in particular have been conditioned to think that one “no” equals “no forever and ever for the rest of time.” But it’s not like that.

The other aspect at play here is around self-management – if you approach fundraising with dread, doom and gloom, the ending is likely going to play out the way that you envision it. However, if you adjust your mindset going into it knowing that it ain’t easy but you have skills and access to those who have done it before, the challenge is still very real but it becomes manageable.

This is where the attracting top talent comes in. Dial up your powers of influence. If your idea is fundable, you will be able to attract top talent. Do an internal assessment, what are the skill gaps on your team? Present those gaps to the talent you’re recruiting and let them know that they would fit in because the have Skills D, G, T and those are gaps on your management team. Doing so demonstrates that you’ve done your homework and queues up the perception that s/he/they will be able to immediately begin adding value because they can fill a known gap. That’s how you become a growth warrior!



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