The Connection Between Imagination, Confidence and Performance
The. What do you expect from yourself? I'm not asking this in the sense that you want to do something, then you do another. And then you feel bad about it because you didn't meet your expectations. But rather, how do you perceive yourself? What do you predict of yourself? What do you think that you are capable of? That's what we're talking about in today's episode of developer t my name is Jonathan Cottrell. And I've created this show driven developers like you find clarity perspective and purpose in your careers. So I want you to think about this question. This is the source of so much of our mental anguish, but also so much of our motivation. What we expect ourselves to do what we project ourselves to be in the future has a profound impact on what we become and it's not just true of ourselves. But also of others perceptions of us. Now, interestingly often these two things are interrelated the way that you feel about yourself the way you place expectations on yourself, often will be reflected by others, others will see you for what you see yourself for this isn't always true. Sometimes people have a locked perspective of you. You. They didn't update it over the years. For example, people who knew you, when you were growing up, they have a hard time seeing you, as a different person than you were back, then, especially if you don't have a lot of interaction with those people and similarly when you have someone that you don't have a lot of interaction with at work. However, they I experienced you. However, they I interacted with you. Whatever work, they saw you doing originally is probably how they're going to continue seeing you until they have new experiences with you. But I want to get back to this original point. How do you see yourself and more importantly, what do you expect from yourself? What do you imagine that you will do bergener, take a quick break to talk about today sponsor and then we're gonna come back and talk about how those expectations affect you what the research says about it, and then I'm gonna give you a little experiment to try to shape that expectation and that. Perspective. But first, let's talk about today's sponsor. Discover dot bought unless you've been living under a rock for the last five to ten years, you've probably noticed that Botts are everywhere from all levels of sophistication from simple games. Too highly capable multifunctional Botts too simple chat bots that can provide a friendly face to customers that are coming to your website, but most of us haven't spent much of our career learning how to build Botts. What is the right way to do? 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Thank you, again, to discover discovered up offer sponsoring today's episode of developer t. Okay. Let's talk about this self confidence so perception discussion. Of course, you've probably heard this many times over. You've heard that it's important to believe in yourself. You've heard people try to encourage you and inspire you. But maybe you don't know that there's actually real science behind this. I'll give you one example of studying there have been many. Let's imagine that you are told that people of your gender male or female, this happens in both directions. Do poorly added given task and then you go and do that task. Now, imagine that you hadn't been told that or your had been told that people of your gender excel at this particular task, even though gender is a broad category. And there's a lot of people most likely that identifies the same gender as you these framing. Matter. They matter a lot. You are most likely to perform in accordance to whatever I told you was true. In other words, if I told you that people have your gender tends to perform poorly than you will perform less well, than if you were told that people of your gender, perform, well, and the same is true for various stereotypes, for example, if I remind you that you are a very young developer before he co, and you work in a project, then you're most likely to perform less well than if I remind you that you have an advanced degree, of course, these are all kind of theoretical abstractions and you have to take all of these kinds of research points with a grain of salt and knowing that maybe they'll apply differently to you, but kind of drawing from some principles of psychology this makes sense. Doesn't it? If we don't expect ourselves to do well, then it would be. Unlikely that we do. Well, if we expect ourselves to do well, then we have a vision, we haven't imagination of ourselves doing, well, if you talk to high performing athletes, you'll often hear the refrain that the athlete is envisioning, whatever their particular performance is they envisioned the final score on the scoreboard. Or maybe they envisioned going through the motions that they've practiced countless times before they envision the success points. And in many ways, the supplies, not only in those momentary actions in those physical movements. But in our lifelong achievements and our careers. In many ways, if we don't feel like we belong, we have to take steps to bridge, the gap. It's hard to imagine succeeding in a place where you don't feel that you belong. And so it becomes necessary to build this sense of expectations to build a culture of high expectations for our selves, and for the people that we work with now, I want to be very careful and very sensitive to the tendency to create high expectations that turn into stress or guilt, or some other kind of negative emotion instead to create a positive motivation, and an expectation that, that is derived from sense of confidence rather than derived from a sense of need. Now, if you're listening to this podcast right now and for whatever reason you don't feel that sense of confidence, and you don't really know how to make up the gap. Maybe you feel totally out of place, maybe the job that you have the title, feels like it's out of your reach or maybe. A you're trying to apply for a job with a title feels out of your reach, and you don't feel confident about it. Here's my recommendation, and it's going to sound overly simplified. But once again, this is based actually on research. Imagine yourself in a position. The aren't currently and don't imagine the version of you today and putting yourself into that position. But instead, imagine that you already are that thing. Imagine that you already have that title. The you already have a successful project in front of you, that you've already solved the problem in many regards, this is similar to a pre mortem but it's kind of the opposite. It's a pre success mortem, if you wanna call it that, where you put yourself into the emotional and mental state of having succeeded and the relevant research here comes from. A study where ginger was related to performance in one gender was instructed to imagine themselves. This is women instructed to Matin himselves as the stereotypical male now interestingly because of the perception, that had been created that women were not as good at this particular type of task windy. Imagine their selves, as a stereotypical male. It affected their performance. The simple immagination is a strong tool now. Let me be very clear here. This is only a study that is not my recommendation. I'm not telling women who are listening to this podcast to imagine yourselves, a stereotypical male, that certainly is not generalize -able, what I am telling you to do is imagine yourself as one of the people who belongs in that group in that successful group that you have in your mind. And here's the great news in that same study. When you take into account confidence than all differences between gender evaporated entirely. And so what you believe about yourself in that particular study was the determining factor of your success. Fill in the blank. There may be something else that you think is holding you back. Maybe it's a lack of experience. Maybe it's a lack of education. Maybe it's a lack of connections or even a location that you live in the world. All of these factors could create for you a mental picture that doesn't include success. And when I'm challenging you need to do is to discard that thinking, just as a thought experiment. This isn't a permanent thing where you have to say, okay, you know, forever and always, I'm not going to pay attention to my lack of experience. We're not trying to create fake levels of confidence where you just deny things that are true about yourself. But rather trying to give you the feeling of confidence the perspective of confidence. Once you have the ability to imagine some future. It becomes less scary. It becomes less unknown. He become more comfortable with it. And interestingly he become more confident, and I really hope that this confident cycle can play out for you, that as you begin to imagine yourself doing better and better doing more of the things that you want to do in your career that imagination actually empowers you to seek after those things, and ultimately to develop the confidence that you need to take steps towards those eventual goals. 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