Your belief system is the source of all your decisions. It dictates the actions you take, the thoughts you have. It’s the invisible force behind everything you say and do. It’s how you determine how life is lived.
Our beliefs mold who we are and who we ultimately become; they touch every aspect of our lives from the most personal to the professional. It’s our personal autopilot for the life we live.
Beliefs don’t fall from the sky and embed themselves in our psyche. They’re learned behaviors and hail from experiences and things said or done, whether audibly, experientially, or implied. They live in the deep recesses of our minds, interacting with each other, affecting each other, and forming alliances, to finally become a system. Our belief system.
WHAT ARE BELIEFS?
They’re the thoughts that swirl through your mind. Some relate them to a monkey mind, the chatter in your head. But they’re much more than mere thoughts. They reach the subconscious in the form of ingrained beliefs.
These beliefs can hold you back or limit you financially, relationally, psychologically, emotionally, and physically.
If things are going swimmingly well, great, carry on, but if life isn’t what you want it to be, you can redirect your actions and reactions to change your beliefs and turn things around. Learned behaviors can be unlearned.
Negative thoughts and self-talk, known as limiting beliefs, don’t have to rule your life. You can reach your dreams and live the life you want by noticing and changing your restricting thoughts.
Change proves to be the operative means of becoming all that you are meant to be. Happy, healthy, successful, content, at peace with yourself and your world.
As a man thinketh, so he is. As he continues to think, so he remains.
~ James Allen
REVERSING A NEGATIVE BELIEF SYSTEM
Changing the beliefs at the core of who we are doesn’t happen overnight, they’re altered over time.
Understanding the experiences that caused our beliefs is the key to changing behavior. Examine your life as it is today. Become self-aware of your responses to stimuli. Are they in agreement with what you want from life or are they reflective of a limiting belief?
By learning to catch ourselves in the act, to notice our responses to stimuli, and redirecting those actions, we can change our thinking and consequently our beliefs.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.
~ unknown author
Catching ourselves in the act of our responses sounds like an ominous thing, but it really isn’t. It’s about determination. You have to want to change your thoughts, your beliefs in yourself and the world. Once you make that decision, it’ll be a matter of gaining and keeping momentum.
An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it.
~ Robert Brault
This doesn’t mean it’s a quick and easy fix. It takes willingness to change. And it might take time depending on how deeply rooted the belief is. The secret is to tackle them one at a time.
Here are a few steps to explore on the road to changing your belief system.
1. Identify the actions and reactions that are detrimental to your success.
2. Find the beliefs that drive the behaviors you want to change.
3. Determine if the belief is fact-based or an assumption.
4. Decide on a new action to replace the old one.
5. Constantly practice the new behavior until it becomes second nature.
Many don’t realize that beliefs stamp an indelible mark on tomorrow. Everything is based on our thinking. Luckily, if you have limiting beliefs, you can change them. And let’s be frank who doesn’t have any?
To live an incredible life, you have to believe that success in attaining your goals is the only option.
One of the greatest turning points in my life occurred when I stopped casually waiting for success and started to approach it as a duty, obligation, and responsibility.
~ Grant Cardone
Life is about beliefs; we all adapt them to suit our past experiences. We can change them to suit our future experiences.
The thing happens that you really believe in; the belief in a thing makes it happen.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
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