The new Ford Mustang has a programmable top speed so parents can restrict how fast their teen drivers can potentially go. This device, this speed limiter, is also called a “governor.” When the car reaches the programmed speed, it stops accelerating; it cannot go faster than that.

Your self esteem is the final adjudicator of the level to which you rise. You cannot possibly perform better than the way you perceive yourself. Your self confidence, self respect, what you believe about your abilities, and your self worth is your governor. And yes, there are ways to disable your car’s speed limiter. Like most computers, the functions of your car’s engine computer can be modified, in the same way that the way our personal mental and emotional limiters work.

Think about this: Put a one foot wide, 12 foot long board or wooden plank on the ground. You can easily walk from one end to the other on the plank, no problem. However, if the same plank was raised 24 stories between two buildings, how easily could you do that? And did you know that a hypnotist could hypnotize you to BELIEVE that the plank was between two buildings, 24 stories up, even though it was on the ground? That’s how our brains work. That’s right: we have all been hypnotized.

How were we hypnotized? What caused our level of self belief? What established the speed of your governor? The way you were raised, what people told you, what you read, learnt, watched, believed, where you went, what you accomplished or failed at, the people with whom you surrounded yourself and associated with, your religion, your philosophy, the way you interpret the things that happened to you in the past, and other things. These all establish the way you interpret what happens to you, the way you see opportunities and failure, your self worth, and your self talk.

And to change what we accomplish, we need to change the governor in our brains, because it controls everything you say, do and think, and the all choices you make. Start by associating with the right people, reading the right books, watching the right things on TV and in movies, listening to the right music, setting new goals, and finding strong mentors whom you admire and whose values and motives are those you wish to emulate.

Reconsider the way you have interpreted your life up until now, with the help of your mentors. Change your self talk (we talk to ourselves at a blistering rate of 600 words per minute) and affirmations, what you say, where you go, and what you spend your time on. If you do what successful people do, you will become more like them and start experiencing the same results as they do. You can change. It takes 21 days to create a new habit of success. You can succeed. It’s not too late.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com