There is nothing like an hour long drive listening to “The Magic of Believing: Believe in Yourself and the Universe is forced to believe in you” by Vic Johnson, for the umpteenth time to help me get a little perspective. When I find myself struggling with believing I can do something new in my business, I load up my Audible app and tune into listening to Vic Johnson.
This book is a great resource to break down the whole belief thing including tips for mastering better beliefs. You could say that it is my “go to” book when I find myself with doubts floating around my head. After a week off with my head spinning from thoughts of doubt, I really needed an hour of quality time to hear a few words of wisdom.
“The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief” – this sentence always takes me back to thinking about how much I really believe in what I’m doing. Can I achieve everything I want to achieve? Do I have what it takes to be successful? Combining new beliefs with faith and action gets me back on track.
Occasionally if I’m not paying attention to thoughts I can hear the words I heard throughout my childhood echoing through my mind. My parents’ beliefs that I took on to be mine have been reinforced by the teachers and adults I grew up around, are the same ones I have worked so hard to let go of. I have been unlearning old beliefs that are no longer my “truth” and creating new beliefs, the ones that let me step into being who I really am.
As babies we are born with the wide-eyed excitement to do and try anything we want, to go fearlessly into the world to explore, we were on our way to being who we were meant to be. The influence of our parents who are concerned about keeping us safe, warning us of dangers we might face, teaches us to be hesitant or afraid to go forth and explore. Then as we continue to grow, what they believe to be true is what they teach us. So we take on their beliefs, the good and the not so good.
So much of what I have learned I am honored to have taken on as my own, how I believe it is good to help others is one example. For the beliefs that are just not working for me, I have been working at “unlearning” them. Just because I can! That is one of the great things about life and everything you do, it’s a matter of choice. That’s not to say that there won’t be struggles. Learning to re-frame the way I think has been come with some challenges. Being fortunate to have met others who have been shown me how to re-frame my thoughts has been very helpful. Having a community that supports my efforts has been very helpful as well.
Understanding how we form our beliefs and how they affect the way we choose to do things is eye-opening and empowering. This is only the beginning.
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