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The Power of Beliefs - Part 1
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Today’s’ bite-size audio lesson is about understanding the concept of beliefs and the impact and role they play in our lives! It’s very important to understand that beliefs are critical, essential, to having the life that you want.
Belief, as defined in Webster’s, goes as follows: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. So let’s go back to the beginning of that definition, a state or habit of mind. You know, it’s funny; we use phrases that really define that definition. We might use the phrase ‘mindset’ or we might say something like this, “You know, I keep thinking.”
That phrase, I keep thinking, defines a habit of mind. What’s important is this, our habit of mind, what we think, our beliefs, actually impact our reactions, how we respond, how we create, what we do or don’t do, how we behave in our present that impacts our future.
It’s essential that we become conscious of the beliefs that are influencing our life. And whether those beliefs are serving us in the ways we want to, to get and have the life that we want. So I invite you to do this exercise. I’m going to set out four areas in which I would like for you to identify the beliefs you hold in these areas.
So, I’m recommending get out a sheet of paper if you’re able to and I’d like for you to write down this phrase, “What do I believe about?” and then, I’m going to give you four areas for your consideration.
Here goes, what do I believe about my performance at work? Number two, what do I believe about the quality of my relationship with my significant other? Number three, what do I believe about my ability to manage change? And finally, what do I believe about my financial future?
The bottom line is this, what you believe will dictate the action you will take. For example, if you see a job posting and you read the description of the job and you say you have a mindset or habit of thinking that goes, “Wow, you know, I think I can do that job.” If you believe and think that you can do that job, what’s the likelihood that you may apply for that job? I suggest, pretty high.
However, if you read that job posting and your belief is, “You know, I’m not sure I can really do that job.” If you believe that, if you hold that belief, what’s the likelihood you’ll actually apply for the job? Well, probably very slim. That’s just a simple example of how a belief impacts the behavior.
You know what the sad thing is? The sad thing is that just because you believe it, doesn’t mean it’s true. In fact, you can read that job posting, believe you can’t do the job when, in essence, you can do the job. But no matter, the belief seems true to you, whether it’s true or not. And that’s why it’s so important to have the beliefs that get us to the kind of life that we want.
In a follow-up, part 2 of Beliefs, I’m going to be talking about three other kinds of beliefs, sabotaging, empowering, and limiting. Let me invite you to listen to those as well. Part 2
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