What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Robbins
We are frequently and enthusiastically and often relentlessly encouraged to think positively and to have faith in ourselves. A legitimate reaction to this hectoring would be to ask if these are just words parroted by well meaning people, who seem out of touch with the world I live in, or are they revealing a formula for success?
The reality is, whatever the motivation, positive thinking, leads to positive results. In other words we are what we think. And as the focus is positive, this is obviously an invocation to eliminate or to minimize negative thoughts and beliefs. As F. Bosworth recommended: Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.
Research has demonstrated that the brain, a chemical and electrical powerhouse, responds to frequent thoughts by forming connections, links and nodes to make these thoughts more easily accessible. If we think positive, we get more positive connections, and a greater focus on positive thoughts, and if we focus on the negative … we gain more negative thinking opportunity! As Napoleon Hill notes: What Ever The Mind Can Conceive and BELIEVE, It Can Achieve.
This is interesting, but where did all of these negative beliefs come from?
The Child is the Father of the Man
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
Most beliefs are formed when we are young children, when we are totally dependent on others, unable to think or fend for ourselves, we relied upon elders to guide, show and demonstrate. Unfortunately the child’s perception is that everyone appears competent and we the child are remarkably ineffective.
It is a little premature to explain to the child that life IS about making mistakes, and by using experiential feedback to modify our understanding and to adjust our actions we learn and apply the lessons of life. Throughout our lives we are constantly breaking new ground, pioneering new territory and cautiously moving out of our comfort zone and into the realm of possibility.
To be successful in life it is vital to have strong positive belief in yourself, and a resolve to succeed by planning and preparing appropriately, and by taking action with faith and confidence in a positive outcome. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. France.
Is it a Fact or an Interpretation?
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge – myth is more potent than history – dreams are more powerful than facts – hope always triumphs over experience – laughter is the cure for grief – love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum
One powerful technique to attack negative beliefs or assumptions is to simply ask … Is this a Fact or an Interpretation? We use this as part of our Coaching Clearing Exercise as the first action of the day. This is combined with taking a Stand for the Day, as a reminder of what is important, what is positive, and what your belief can manifest.
So think and act positively, believe in yourself, and move forward with confidence. If you would like to learn how to incorporate the powerful Clearing Exercise into your daily planning call the team at LifeStylized for more information. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning. Gandhi