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How To Create a Better Life by Replacing Self-Limiting Beliefs and Following Your Bliss
Today, I would love to talk to you in more depth about beliefs and how they shape our lives. I have studied and participated in many courses in which this topic is widely discussed. It all comes down to this: certain beliefs can seriously limit our development and growth if we don’t do something to eliminate them.
What is a belief? It’s a feeling of being sure that something is true. A belief is merely a thought or an idea that we kept thinking until we became convinced that it must be true. We might have read the idea somewhere (book, Internet, etc.) or heard it from any of the following: friends, family, teachers, religious leaders, and politicians. The idea resounded with us and we adopted it as the truth.
Beliefs Are Not Necessarily True
What we believe is not always true. People used to believe that the Earth was flat and at the center of the universe. People used to believe that heavier than air flight was impossible until the Wright Brothers came along. Running a 4-minute mile was also thought to be impossible until Roger Bannister ran it 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954. (You can watch Bannister’s historic race on YouTube.) After that limiting belief was shattered, thousands have since run the mile in less than four minutes. In fact, Bannister’s record lasted only six weeks.
Many beliefs come from social conditioning. For example, if we are religious they come from our religious affiliations and so on. Some of them are wonderful and uplifting, but many, unfortunately, do us no good. Let’s discuss this topic further with some examples. I’m all about practical learning.
When you were a kid, you might have felt like you were not good enough. You heard it from your parents, from your peers, and from your teachers. You heard it so many times that you started to repeat it to yourself and it shaped into a belief. Your entire adolescence and adult life have been influenced by the false belief that you aren’t good enough to be successful at anything. So, here’s what often happens when you are presented with a growth opportunity:
- Thought: I’m not good enough.
- Feeling: I feel small and insignificant; I feel unworthy.
- Action: You either take no action or uninspired actions, already convinced that you will fail. You stay in your comfort zone.
- Result: A life of misery, a life of unfulfilled dreams and desires, a life of “quiet desperation” (Thoreau)
The above scenario not only plays out for many people, it spills over into multiple areas of their life: career, money, relationships, health, and the list goes on.