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Mastering Your Mindset

The Psychology of High Performance

The world’s highest performers have one thing in common: they’ve learned to master their minds. Psychological discipline is the foundation of high performance, and it’s something that anyone can cultivate. Meet Ursula Burns, she is a trailblazer of psychological mastery in leadership.

Ursula Burns started out as a mechanical engineering intern in 1980 and worked her way up to become the CEO of Xerox in 2009. She is a remarkable leader who has epitomized psychological mastery throughout her successful career. She has defied expectations and shattered glass ceilings, demonstrating exceptional resilience, unwavering determination, and a stoic commitment to fostering a growth mindset.

Burns’ journey is a testament to her extraordinary perseverance. As a young African-American woman in a male-dominated industry, she has faced numerous obstacles and setbacks. Yet, she never allowed these challenges to define her or limit her aspirations. Instead, she embraced them as opportunities to learn, grow, and prove her worth.

Burns’ psychological mastery is evident in her ability to maintain focus and composure even in the face of adversity. She led Xerox through a period of significant transformation, navigating the challenges of technological disruption and financial turmoil with unwavering vision. Her ability to stay calm under pressure and make sound decisions amidst chaos is a hallmark of her leadership.

As CEO, Burns transformed Xerox from a traditional copier company into a global leader in document technology and services. She championed innovation, embraced digital transformation, and diversified the company’s portfolio, positioning Xerox for success in the ever-changing business landscape. Her ability to adapt to change and seize new opportunities is a testament to her growth mindset.

Burns’ leadership style is characterized by her authenticity, her commitment to diversity and inclusion, and her unwavering belief in the power of people. She created a culture of empowerment and collaboration at Xerox, fostering an environment where employees felt valued, respected, and encouraged to contribute their best.

Ursula Burns is an inspiration to leaders worldwide. She has demonstrated that psychological mastery is not just a leadership quality; it is a cornerstone of success in any field. Her story serves as a powerful reminder that with unwavering determination, resilience, and a growth mindset, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

In my coaching program, we explore these six pillars of High Performance: psychology, physiology, productivity, persuasive skill, presence, and purpose. Today, we’re diving deep into the first pillar: psychology.

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Why Psychology Matters

Our thoughts and beliefs have a profound impact on our actions and outcomes. If we’re constantly thinking negatively, we’ll limit our potential. But if we can learn to control our thoughts and focus on the positive, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.

Your Mindset Matters

Your mindset is your set of beliefs about yourself and your abilities. It’s what determines whether you see challenges as opportunities or obstacles. A growth mindset believes that you can develop your abilities through hard work and dedication, while a fixed mindset believes that your abilities are fixed and can’t be changed.

How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Here are a few things you can do to cultivate a growth mindset:

  • Challenge your negative thoughts: When you have a negative thought, ask yourself if it’s true. Are you being too harsh on yourself?
  • Focus on your effort, not your outcome: Don’t define yourself by your successes or failures. Instead, focus on the effort you put into your goals.
  • Learn from your mistakes: Mistakes are inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up over them. Instead, learn from them and use them as an opportunity to grow.
Taking Control of Your Thoughts

It’s not always easy to control your thoughts, but it’s possible. Here are a few tips for taking control of your mind:

  • Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. This can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and it can also help you to let go of negative thoughts.
  • Use positive affirmations: Positive affirmations are statements that you repeat to yourself that are designed to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Visualize success: Take some time each day to visualize yourself achieving your goals. This can help you to believe in yourself and your abilities.
Psychological Mastery

Psychological mastery is the ability to control your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It’s about being able to stay focused and motivated, even in the face of challenges.

Here are a few tenets of psychological mastery:

  • Self-awareness: The first step to mastering your mind is to become aware of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Self-acceptance: Once you’re aware of your thoughts and feelings, you need to accept them without judgment.
  • Self-regulation: The ability to manage your emotions and behaviors is essential for psychological mastery.
Taking Action

I’ve given you a lot of information to think about today. But the most important thing is to take action. Start by applying the tips and strategies I’ve shared. And remember, mastering your mind is a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs along the way, but if you’re committed to the process, you will achieve amazing things.

Remember, you are in control of your thoughts and choices. How do you want to show up today? If you’re interested in learning more about how to be a powerhouse leader who has psychology mastery, consider having a conversation with me on how High-Performance Coaching can help you. 

Psychological Mastery is one of the 12 topics I cover in my 12-week coaching program. My program isn’t just coaching, we dive deep into the top 12 skills that build strong leaders, train, coach, and consult all along the way. This is a personalized experience for each of my clients. If mastering your mind is something you need more of in your leadership right now, please reach out and schedule a call with me today, we still have more than 50 days until the end of the year!

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