We live the ideal time to reinvent ourselves. The situation invites us to think about the source of success. Or rather, to reflect where we believe that comes. Our mind works with the auto-pilot since. It is full of unconscious thoughts that cause us to interpret reality and to execute the actions in a way unthought-of and automatic. However, our brain is also wrong. We can fall into the risk of being caught up in thoughts that do not help us in difficult times or change as the current. To the extent that we identify the ways in which we think we can strengthen our mind to succeed in the challenges that we face.
Bernard Weiner, professor of the University of Los Angeles, in California (USA), is one of the classic authors in social psychology. Weiner and his colleagues analyzed in the seventies, what powers did the achievement that we were getting or reaching others. They identified three dimensions. The first is the locus of control or what is the source of success. This can be internal, depend on us, our skills, our effort. Or, on the contrary, can be external and due to external factors such as luck, the boss or a third party. A second dimension is the degree of stability that has success, that is to say, if we think that achievement is something that is due to issues stable (because it is something innate in us) or unstable (driven by the luck or time effort). Weiner added a third dimension on the level of control we can exercise. It would be the ability to change the causes that produce certain actions, which may be due to controllable factors, or to other uncontrollable.
If we take into account the first two dimensions raised by the teacher we can notice that there are four ways of thinking about the origin of the success and its stability in time. Let’s look at them to recognize where we are and how we project unconsciously. According to Wiener, we can believe that the success depends on:
– Personal skills. Can I get a project or a job because of my talent or my skills. This way of thinking is positive because it does not take balls outside. We assume our responsibility. However, if one believes that it does not have enough intelligence or if it considers that the skills are just innate, it is possible that this belief can come to us no harm, as demonstrated by some subsequent studies.
– The effort. As in the previous case, the success depends on oneself. However, this achievement is not stable. You may one day reach it and another does not. Therefore, we must strive. Personally, I think that is the healthier way to conceive of the achievement, because it puts emphasis on the potential of training and personal and professional development to achieve our goals. This alternative would be the call the mentality of growth defended by different authors in their research.
– The difficulty of the task. If I have success or not depends on how easy or difficult is the work, not of my skills or the effort that you have dedicated. This way of thinking attributes the achievement to a locus of control external, that is to say, in that same one does not have an impact. Have harmful consequences, since the person who thinks so is at the mercy of the circumstances, be the boss, the teacher or whoever set the standards. From this belief falls in the complaint: “As it does not depend on me, because I complain about what happens to me, or critical to the success”.
– Lucky. The achievement has an external source. In this case, as in the previous section, it is something intermittent or unstable, since it depends on the fortune that one has. It appears also to be the most appropriate way to face the future success because it is at the mercy of something as slippery as the luck, have a good day or to be inspired.
If we want to reinvent ourselves on a professional level, or want to have more success in what we do, we should reflect on our way of thinking. To evaluate if we put the locus of control internal or external, and if we consider that the success is stable or not. Just so we can train our mind to reach the goal.
Pillar Jericho is an entrepreneur, writer, lecturer, phd in Business Organization and disseminator of research on human behavior. www.pilarjerico.com