Beliefs change our world, here is how
Beliefs are things you believe to be truth. The thing about beliefs is they are all fictional, there is in fact a big fat LIE in the middle of every be-LIE-f.
If beliefs were fact then we would all believe the same thing would we not?
Here are common beliefs that we hear expressed day to day. If you were to believe some of the beliefs below, what impact would it have on the way you lived your life?
- God exists (kind God or punishing God).
- The world is a good place.
- People are bad.
- I am not good enough.
- Everything happens for a reason.
- I am stupid.
The truth about beliefs is, if you believe it to be true then it is!
"WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR CAN'T YOU ARE RIGHT"
- Henry Ford
How can this be?
This is due to a particular part of our brain called the reticular activation system (RAS), which is out there looking for evidence to prove us right whatever we believe. Handy if what you believe supports and enriches your world, unhelpful if what you believe shrinks and limits your world.
This applies for beliefs about ourselves, beliefs about the world and those who live in it.
If I believe 'I am a good person' - I will be noticing all of the things which I have done that I deem 'good.' When faced with a decision, I will make the choice that fits with being a 'good' person. I put 'good' in inverted commas because 'good' will mean different things to different people.
If I believe 'I am a 'bad' person' - I will focus on all of the mistakes I have ever made, all of the things I have done which fit my own meaning of 'bad.' We have all done both 'good' and 'bad' things. However what we believe will dictate what we remember and what is at the fore of our memory. It will influence my perception of self and the decisions I make.
If I believe it is impossible, will I try to achieve it? or will I simply not attempt it because I believe it is not achievable? If I try and it does not work out, will I adjust my strategy and attempt it again or will I stop attempting and say 'see, I knew it was impossible? There will be evidence for everything you believe.
My question to you is what do you believe about yourself, others and the world?
Do these beliefs enrich your world and present opportunities or to they impoverish and limit it?
A change of beliefs is a decision away. Follow these steps:
- Accept that beliefs are all BS - Belief systems ;-).
- Identify the ones which limit you.
- Find an alternative belief which will support your growth - What behaviours will this result in?
- Challenge you old belief every time you find yourself thinking it or behaving in line with it.
- Make a choice to act in line with your new belief and start giving your mind the opportunity to collect evidence that this new belief is right because your RAS will be happy to oblige.
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