Are Your Beliefs Helping You or Hurting You?
by Anne M. Bachrach
Wherever you are in your life, you are exactly where you are because of your beliefs. When you speak to yourself what do you say – words of encouragement or words of criticism? If you speak words of encouragement, you may have some level of confidence and be moderately successful at achieving your goals. However, if you speak words of self-criticism, you may find that you are unsure and not as effective at achieving your goals as you would like to be. You may not realize it, but your self-talk is creating your belief system. That belief system is either helping you achieve more or keeping you bound where you are. To get to where you want to go and be who you want to be, you must understand that your beliefs are the powerhouse of creation. Who you are, as well as who you will become, is created by your beliefs.
Belief simply comes down to the ability of having a high level of belief in yourself and your potential, regardless of any circumstance you encounter. When you have a high level of belief in yourself, it leaves no room for doubt, allowing you to develop a keen awareness that you are made of infinite potential and can achieve anything you believe you can. In contrast, lack of a solid belief in yourself results in habitual self-doubt that renders you unaware of your infinite potential and your ability to achieve a higher level of success.
The reality is this, whatever you believe is what you have created and will create in your life. Show me two different people, each achieving different levels of success, and their reality can be directly traced back to their belief system. A healthy belief system gives you the confidence to achieve any goal you set for yourself, while a weak belief system creates habits that sabotage your ability to achieve your goals. It’s a fact, anyone who has achieved any level of success, had some or all of the elements of a high level of self-belief. They know their success is inevitable, they know they can do it and they keep moving toward their goals, while those who lack a high level of belief only see obstacles and quit from their discouragement.
People who have a high level of self-belief – know anything is possible.
People who don’t have a high level of self-belief – hope some things will be possible.
Successful people know they are successful; while people who struggle hope or wish they will be successful. Hoping or wishing will not create success, only knowing will create success. And you can’t know you are successful without a high level of belief. To get to where you want to go and be who you want to be, you must believe you can do it. A solid belief is formed from the conviction you have in yourself to accomplish anything you set out to do, and the desire to accomplish your goals regardless of your current circumstances.
“If you believe you can, and believe it strongly enough, you’ll be amazed at what you can do.”
To accomplish your goals, you must believe – and your belief comes from your conviction and desire.
Conviction is defined as that which you are convinced to be true (even if you can’t physically see it). You can imagine achieving your goals in your mind and feel it in your gut. You have absolute resolve that what you are doing is going to work and places you on the path to even greater success. Conviction means you keep going because you can see the end results before actually manifesting them.
Desire is the emotional aspect of your goal. It is the yearning for whatever it is you really want to manifest in your life. At its root, desire is really just our natural tendency as humans to gravitate toward happiness. Think about it. Whenever you have imagined something you really wanted, it came down to the feeling of happiness that you really wanted. Sure the “thing” you imagined was nice, but it was really the feeling of happiness that creates the desire to achieve it. That desire is the driving force that keeps us moving toward experiences that produce great-feeling emotions.
Now that you know a healthy self-belief comes from having conviction and desire, you can build on the founding elements to create or enhance your goal achieving belief system.
Strengthening your Conviction
Be conscious of what you feed your mind. Whatever gets fed to your mind is recorded in your sub-conscious and determines your future. If you lack a high level of belief, it’s only because of what has been fed to your mind. Whether the thoughts originate with you, or are feedback from others, your beliefs are shaped by the information that is recorded in your sub-conscious.
Take a look at your life and ask yourself if you are really where you want to be. Sure, you may be happy or comfortable, but if you can imagine greater things and aren’t where you want to be, you haven’t had enough conviction. You have to change what you’ve been telling yourself, or prevent the limiting beliefs from your environment to take hold. The truth is, if you had the amount of conviction it takes to get you where you want to be – you’d already be there or on the path that was leading you there.
This is where you have to go back to something more than hoping or wishing. You have to tell yourself you KNOW all things are possible and that your success is inevitable. Constantly feed your mind until all doubt has been replaced with belief. If you have days where you begin to doubt yourself, immediately stop what you’re doing and read positive affirmations; watch a funny movie; listen to inspirational speakers; or contact your life coach – do whatever you can to immediately refocus your thoughts on your infinite potential.
Strengthening your Desire
Desire is really an emotion. It’s felt in the gut, in the same place you feel butterflies when you’re excited; a jolt when you get good news; when you feel intense love for loved ones; or when you hug your kids. The energy you feel in your gut in any of those situations is the same place where the desire to achieve your goals must be felt. That place is your connection to your powerhouse and will propel you to even greater personal and professional successes.
Again, creation only comes from belief, and belief comes from Conviction and Desire. You can have desire, but if you don’t have conviction (or vice versa); you are left powerless to create the life you have always wanted and dreamed about having. Once you build your high level of belief, put it to action to achieve your goals. Words are powerful and complemented with your high level of belief; they will help you achieve your goals quicker and easier.
Changing your circumstances and creating the life you really want starts with creating a high level of belief that allows you to feel that you can achieve anything you set your mind upon. With conviction and desire, you will be unstoppable because you will believe that anything is possible. As a result, you will create the life you have always dreamed about having.
What has to happen for you to strengthen your belief, desire, and conviction so you can achieve your goals and experience even more success – professionally and personally? Begin today!
Daniel Webster said: “There is always room at the top.”
Let’s join those who are at the top waiting for us!