The Shakespeare Principle: The source and solution!
What you BELIEVE determines how you BEHAVE. How you BEHAVE determines what you BECOME. To be, or not to be, that is the question. I call it the Shakespeare Principle.
I have used, coached, taught, trained, managed and parented with this principle and/or philosophy for many years. I watch it at work in me and in others personally, professionally, corporately and spiritually.
The principle empowers one’s perceptions and perspective. It keeps the why’s from wearing you out. It brings some understanding to why people do what they do, lead the way they lead and why groups, teams, professionals and companies accomplish what they accomplish; good and bad.
I challenge you to watch this principle at work. This principle is at work in you, those you lead, work with and do life with in a room near you. Where you find people, you find this principle. You will find it showing up in the interview room, conference room, and break room. It works its way out into the classroom, courtroom, living room and chat room. Look for it in the locker room, waiting room, bedroom; yes, on occasion, even the restroom.
Although this principle offers some explanations, it doesn’t imply or attempt to make certain justifications for the what, when, and how of actions taken by people. Here is my favorite part about the Shakespeare Principle. Even though, to-be-lieve, to- be-have and to- become provides help with certain explanations for negative or unfavorable outcomes, it also has the potential to bring about a positive transformation. How cool is that!! When I become aware and acknowledge what is or what has become of me, someone else, the group or organization, I can reverse this principle and work it back to the source of the problem.
Let me sushi-size this elephant I have put on your plate into bite-sized chunks. People behave their way into becoming what they are and do. Behavior is habitual in nature. It produces patterns and cycles. If those patterns are not altered or changed it will result in actions and attitudes that constantly and consistently exist. The mental motion that stirs behavior comes from what we believe. A belief is nothing more than a thought we have allowed to be become true. (good or bad) When thoughts are acted upon that motion can manipulate positive or negative behavior.
Behavior is not the sickness or the cure. It only produces symptoms of right and wrong, it’s not the source. The source that sets everything in motion is what we believe. So, if you want change at any point, place or in anything, stop trying to solely address and fix the behavior and start to address where the mess begins. Start with Stinking Thinking!!
What you BELIEVE determines how you BEHAVE. How you BEHAVE determines what you BECOME.