Beliefs are incredibly powerful because they control your thoughts, your actions, and the effectiveness of those actions.
If you believe you’re not capable, important, or attractive, then everything about you will radiate that message — and other people’s opinions of you will be influenced by those verbal and non-verbal messages.
When your beliefs are negative about vital things like your value, your intelligence, or your appearance, you’ll find yourself sabotaging yourself at every turn.
Self-limiting beliefs are pretty rampant among humanity because — for some reason — many people exhibit what’s called a “negativity bias.” In other words, they find it easier or more natural to think of the negative possibility or explanation, rather than responding to situations with an optimistic and resourceful state of mind. The reason failure is so common among people who are trying to adopt a positive state of mind is lack of consistency.
Believing in yourself, making a conscious decision to pursue your goals, and then following up that decision with definitive action needs to be habitual; it’s not something you can do on a sporadic basis — at least not effectively. Having a winning personality, a positive attitude, and the ability to produce positive results requires mental focus and daily effort— but it’s worth it!
One strategy for gaining access to that resourceful part of your mind is to start writing down and reflecting on motivational quotes from thought leaders like Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Napoleon Hill, and Wayne Dyer.
Two my favorite motivational quotes from (the late) Dr. Dyer are as follows:
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
…and the quote which relates directly to the theme of today’s blog post:
“You don’t get what you want… you get what you ARE!”
… Think about it!
In closing… here are a few thoughts to ponder:
What are your dominant thoughts (and are they positive)?
What are your personal values … and do you live by them?
What are your goals and how committed are you to them?