Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life
Many years ago, people believed that the world was flat and when you got to the edge of it, you would fall off the earth. Once that belief changed, people like Christopher Columbus would dare to go to the edge of the horizon and beyond.
Another belief was that it was humanly impossible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. But once Roger Bannister broke that record in 1954, many top runners achieved this milestone shortly thereafter.
Here are a few other beliefs, which have proven to be false:
- Whomever travels with a speed of 30 miles per hour or more will certainly suffocate and die.
- There is no possible combination that can be put together in a machine that can help a man fly.
- Traveling to the moon is a stupid idea and is impossible
Beliefs can be changed:
I used to believe that I can’t write and my grades in school reflected that belief. A number of years ago, while I was pursuing my family genealogy, I made contact with a man who had written several books and told me how he found writing to be enjoyable and relaxing. This first made me think how such a thing might be possible. I was changing my belief that writing was arduous and difficult for everyone. Now I find that there are times when I enjoy writing and it flows easily – almost effortlessly.
We all have taken on beliefs from parents, teachers, and others who we considered authority figures: words like “math is difficult, you don’t have the talent for singing, you’re too dumb to go to college, and you’ll never amount to anything”. At some point these and other often repeated thoughts became beliefs, which we took on as facts.
What are your beliefs about relationships, money, health, your body, … ? These beliefs are holding you back from what you could achieve and the life you could have. The first step is to make these beliefs conscious.
Taking it Further:
Write down your goals in an area of your life, for example how much money you can earn. Then write down your beliefs about that subject. Lastly, find clues for why those beliefs might be false and what you can change these beliefs to. Then take action.
I was recently reminded about Peggy Cappy who thought she couldn’t earn much money as a yoga instructor. She was a very ordinary yoga instructor, not one of those who could turn themselves into a pretzel with fancy poses. Only a few years ago she was a fellow attendee at a Jack Canfield Success Workshop. She ended up turning her ordinariness into an asset. I recently saw her Health & Fitness CDs sold in a PBS catalog. They are entitled “Yoga for the Rest of Us” and “Easy Yoga for Easing Pain”. Peggy has come a long way from earning money by teaching yoga classes. http://www.peggycappy.net/
Now start to come up with ideas how YOU can change your beliefs and achieve your goals.
Many people struggle to take the steps they know they need to take. As a coach I can help you clarify what’s most important and offer support and accountability so you make important changes in your life. Think about the life you could have. Schedule a free coaching consultation, call Edith at 847.913.3900. Isn’t it about time you invested in you and your goals?