mind“Your Self-Image “makes you act like you.” It keeps you within your comfort zone. If you are below your zone, Self-Image makes you uncomfortable and turns up your power until you are within the zone. Likewise, if you are above your zone, the Self-Image will cut your power, dropping you back within your zone. As long as you “act like you,” the Self-Image is content and does not interfere. To change your performance, you must change your Self-Image and elevate your comfort zone.

Controlling that change in your Self-Image may be the most important skill you will ever learn. You can change any attitude you do not like. When the Self-Image changes, performance changes.”
~ Lanny Bassham from With Winning In Mind

Self-Image. It’s huge.

At the end of the day, we’ll pretty much do what we think we’re capable of doing. Cue Henry Ford aphorism: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

That’s (potentially) bad news and (certainly) good news.

If you’re Self-Image is low, your performance is (and has been and will be) low. That’s the bad news.

The good news: You can change your Self-Image. And, if you’re committed to elevating your performance (again, whether that’s in parenting or sports or business or coaching or whatever), you must change your Self-Image.

How? Lanny tells us (and dedicates a chapter to explaining): “You change it through imprinting.”

Our Self-Image was created over decades of imprints—real experiences and imagined experiences—thoughts, feelings, etc. The good and the bad. Good. Good. Bad. Bad. Bad. Good. Bad. Bad. Bad. Good. Good. All imprints.

As Lanny advises: “Reshaping your mind is much like reshaping your physical body. If you are overweight, it is likely that the cause is repetitive overeating. Repetitive change of your eating habits is the best way to bring your weight down safely. If you have a poor attitude, it is likely that the cause is repetitive negative reinforcement. Repetitive change of your thinking habits is the best way to bring about an attitude change.”

If we want to re-wire our Self-Image, we need to quit reinforcing the bad and lean into the good. No longer talking or writing about things you don’t want to see in your life, rehearsing and recalling/celebrating the good stuff = powerful ways to rewire. (Lanny has something called “Directive Affirmations” that tie in his goal setting strategies and imprinting in a super cool way. Check out the book for more on that.)

For now: “Remember, your Self-Image is the CURRENT state of YOU. It is not the FINAL state. Be aware that you self-image is evolving in the direction of your imprinting… Nothing is going to change unless you change.”

Here’s to making the process primary as we train our minds, rehearse our optimal lives, forge a new self-image and give our greatest gifts in greatest service to the world!

From Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes