Zones of Optimal Functioning
Hardware and Software - Individual and Shared Zones of Optimal Functioning
For the past two years, every time I have had a role as a mental performance consultant with a team or an individual, I seem to default to the analogy of the brain as hardware and the mind as software. I share this image with the people I work with for them to better understand the idea that they are capable of updating their Operating Systems (Mind) through mental skill development. A side note, this idea vibrated through my headphones as I was listening to a podcast titled Finding Mastery hosted by Micheal Gervais, PhD who is a performance psychologist for the Seattle Seahawks.
Continuing with this concept, I usually share something along the lines of, imagine your brain being the smartphone in your pocket and on that smartphone you have various types of applications. Every so often, you receive a notification that asks whether you’d like to update your applications. A primary reason why applications update is for them to perform optimally than they have previously. Similarly, once a performer utilizes various mental skills and puts in the work to implement them, their “mental applications” are also going through an update, just like the applications on your phone.
Side note: I don’t actually believe that our brains work like computers, but you can read more about that in my final remarks sections.