Beliefs Hold the Key

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Beliefs Series:

Part 1 – Beliefs Hold the Key

Part 2 – Own your Beliefs!

Part 3 – To Be Successful, Have Successful Beliefs

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How many times did you fall before you discovered gravity can be painful? It probably didn’t take long before you believed the bigger the fall, the bigger the hurt.

How many burning stoves did you have to touch before believing that ‘red’ means hot?

Perhaps some of you ran with scissors, licked frozen poles, or ate dirt before realizing the consequences? Hope not.

Experience is but one way we form our beliefs in life that shape our reality, our world.

What is a Belief?

This seems like a silly question, but often enough, people only give attention to the beliefs that have significance in their society. Examples include religion, political affiliation, same-sex marriage (or marriage in general), money, alcohol, drugs, or if the Chicago Cubs are truly cursed or not.

If someone asks what your beliefs are, I’m sure you would assume they are referring to these larger cultural topics.   You don’t start telling them about your belief about why your second toe is longer than the big one, and how you believe this is why you never enjoyed running. Right?

Breaking it down, a belief is simply a thought repeated over and over and held to be true.

Beliefs are thoughts we have developed an emotional attachment to, and thus, affects every area of our existence and understanding of reality. Our beliefs are the filter we see the world through.

Beliefs shape our current reality and define who we are, AND who we are going to become.

We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.  Our beliefs run deep.  They define how we see the world, how it works, and our place in it.  Beliefs shape how our experience with others, our relationships, and how we fit into these relationships.  And of course, beliefs hold how we see and feel about ourselves.

Beliefs Hold The Key

Do you believe people are inherently good or evil? Are people typically open and kind or closed and cold? The answers to these questions help determine how you approach, interact with, and accept people.

Do you believe people see you as unattractive, unintelligent, weak, etc.? These beliefs affect your confidence, social interactions, and the personality you portray.

Do you believe you are knowledgeable and contain value? Do you believe you are a slow learner because you were held back in the 3rd grade? Do you believe that you weren’t born gifted at mathematics or to be a creative artist?

When we create beliefs we define our expectations, perspectives, and the actions that follow. If I tell myself “I can’t learn a new language, my mind doesn’t work that way.“, I am already giving myself an excuse for failure and choosing to accept failure as a matter of inevitability.

Sure, people have different aptitudes in different areas but having a negative belief before you even begin is like driving on the freeway in first gear. You need to remove the resistance by allowing yourself to freely shift gears.

The heart and body feels what the mind believes. (And by ‘heart’, I of course mean the emotional side of your brain.) Smile

How Your Beliefs Can Make You Fat and Stupid (or, totally awesome)

Our beliefs impact our subconscious the most – because we don’t just think about beliefs, we feel beliefs.

The brain is a powerhouse and it wants to turn beliefs into reality. If you believe that fatty food always goes directly to your hind side, then by golly, your brain is going to try and do everything in its capacity to reroute fat content directly to your ass.

If you believe you can’t reach your ideal state of fitness and health, do you think you’ll feel inspired to frequent the gym and change your eating habits? Your beliefs have the ability to invigorate passion that minimize your reliance on self-discipline; you will want to, need to, and be motivated to make these changes.

This was just an easy example, but applies to every area of your life.  If you don’t believe you are good enough to be a manager, you’ll probably be too nervous to pass the interview.  Don’t believe you can run a marathon?  Why bother trying.

“Whether you think you can, or you can’t – you’re right” ~ Henry Ford

Your brain is the cockpit, your rational brain is the pilot, and your goal should be to create the best damn auto-pilot you can. Do this by developing beliefs that are beneficial to your success so you can enjoy the flight.

Be Totally Awesome

I realize that ‘totally awesome’ may be a technical term that most people may not utilize on a regular basis. Totally awesome implies a powerful belief in oneself that you can be the person you want to be, achieve what you want to achieve, and understand that you possess value to share with the world. Being totally awesome starts with the belief that you are (or will be) just that.

Somewhere along the way, we discover weakness, we fail, or perhaps make mistakes that permit an opening for us to believe negatively about ourselves.  We are our own biggest critic.  This is not awesome.

If you see something you want to change (or fix), then starting by believing you can!  There is nothing more limiting to becoming totally awesome, than the limitation you put on yourself by the friction-inducing beliefs you subscribe to.

Recognize these beliefs and upgrade them!  I’m ready to be totally awesome, are you?

Come back soon for further discussion on personal beliefs…

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