What are Beliefs?
- A Belief is a thought we have accepted as true and no longer question.
- Sometimes we use our beliefs to save us the bother of questioning things.
- The thing is that every now and then we need to look at our beliefs.
It’s said that we are constantly bombarded with c 2 million bits of information at any given time through our senses i.e what we hear, see, smell, taste, touch and smell and apparently as we are only able to retain 7 bits of information plus or minus 2 in our heads and any one time –in order to do this we have to we delete, distort and generalise the information to reduce it.
Therefore, we “see” the world from our own view of it-our own perception.
An example of this would be if 4 people looked at a rainbow together and were asked to describe what they saw, they would each describe it differently.
We see, hear, feel, taste and smell what we believe to be true all the time. These are our beliefs.
Have you ever searched around for something like a set of keys unsuccessfully going over the same area again and again only to find that someone else seems to be able to spot them immediately! This is because we have told ourselves we cannot find the keys and then we focus on the fact that we CANNOT FIND THE KEYS .Our subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between the truth and a lie. If we give it a command like “I cannot find the Keys” –it believes it to be true.
Likewise if we tell ourselves negative things such as “ If I try I will fail or, I am too stupid, or, no one likes me –our unconscious mind believes it to be the truth and it will become one of our “BELIEFS”.
Not all of our beliefs are positive, especially about one self. Sometimes it’s almost as though we can “hear” those negative and limiting beliefs about ourselves-a type of “self- talk”.
Remember we can choose our thoughts.
One of the ways we can change our limiting beliefs is by AFFIRMATIONS An affirmation is a positive statement that you can repeat to yourself at various times of the day. It will help you develop your positive self-talk and can have a dramatic impact upon your behaviour and the things you achieve.
Affirmations are phrased in a special way they are:
- Positive-stating precisely what you DO WANT rather than what you don’t want.
- Personal-Describing a specific quality you want to have
- Start the affirmation with the words I or My- For example “I am a positive person who sees the best in every situation”. State the affirmation in the present tense. Write the affirmation as if you already have the quality. For example “I am always positive, NOT I will be positive”.
When we feed our subconscious with positive thoughts and words, we build a Positive Mental Attitude. This does not mean we are lying to ourselves, nor does it mean we will be immune to the negative aspects of life. It means that we will be able to cope with negative situations and use them as a learning experience.