Our performance mind is a conditioned mind, making observation and judgment based on how we lived any certain situation. Our primary response is a response where we can feel fairly certain of the end result or placed in the either/or context we have internally created so that we can compartmentalize our surrounding world. This allows us to gain comfort in our surroundings and within comfort we feel at ease and can make sense of our existence.
The psychological field of phenomenology allows us to take a group of people who have experienced an event in life, no matter how different their situation was, and draw one common theme out of the situation ultimately meaning that every person experiencing the situation will have the same phenomenal experience in common.
What this allows us to understand is that despite how original we try to make ourselves, we are far more similar to others than we would like to think. The importance of this is twofold; we must understand ourselves in order to lead others, and no one’s singular achievement is beyond our grasp.
Because human experience is connected through one common theme it is of the greatest importance that we are able to understand the cause and effect theme of our actions. In leadership we are trying to get others to achieve certain results in their life, which is impossible if we think that our way is the best or only way to achieve. If we can understand that achievement is a concept, then we need to also understand that achievement in a situation is not compartmentalized in steps that work for all individuals. Our achievement is a theme not a step by step process, so for us to be great leaders we need to teach the theme not the steps. Yes, it is important to have systems and a blueprint, but if we think that the only way to achieve is by following the steps we are negating the theme that bond us all in success. If instead we choose to teach the idea of success then we empower those we are working with to add their individual traits within our system therefore generating a more powerful and impactful means of achievement.
Hope is the one great connector we all have when looking to achieve. Our conditioned mind limits us the most when it comes to hope. The conditioned mind places everything into a place, therefore either limiting or expanding our options. Typically we look at something someone achieved and try to come up with rationalizations to why we can or can’t achieve those same results. By initially placing achievement into yes/no, black/white terms we potentially eliminate our minds ability to generate enough hope to create possibility. Our need in hope is to create the firm belief that every human action can not only be repeated, but expanded upon.
If we are able to create a leadership environment where we un-condition the mind to see outside of its internal context, then we can create the ability to make a phenomenon where all people experience the same success in their own unique way. In the same way a step by step approach produces the same results, a conditioned mind will never go beyond what it has determined to be achievable. In either situation we are limiting the individual potential to achieve beyond what is predetermined. In breaking down our need to compartmentalize ours and others abilities, we can then begin to teach the individualized ability to achieve any phenomenon.