A belief is a thought you’ve had multiple times over an extended period of time. The more time you think a thought, the stronger the belief. The strong the belief, the easier it is to think so we are not always fully aware of them.
It’s kind of like trying to find Target in a new city. The first time you have to Google Map it and get turn by turn directions. The second time you probably just look at the map for a quick refresher and consciously make your way there. After the 3rd or 4th time, you can drive there without really thinking about it.
Thoughts are the same way. The more times you think them, the easier they come to mind and the less conscious you are of the thought. It’s second nature so you don’t even have to think about it.
I’m not just talking about spiritual beliefs. I’m talking about any belief you have about yourself, your life, your job, or any aspect of your life.
You might believe things like:
- Time is money
- I always find a way to get it done
- There are limited opportunities
- It’s never good enough
- You have to be an extrovert to be successful at my company
- I’m not very good at being in a relationship
- Life is not fair
So, what do you believe about yourself? What do you believe about your life? What lessons did your parents teach you? What do you believe about the future?
Better yet, what do you WANT to believe?
One of my clients recently realized she believes she’s a slow learner. When we started digging into that belief, she realized there really is no such thing as “fast” or “slow” learning. Really, she’s just always learning and this new belief was so freeing. Now instead of feeling bad and embarrassed about her learning abilities, she’s more curious and wants to learn even more.
It seems like such a small shift, but thinking “I’m a slow learner” feels so much worse than “I’m always learning new things.”
The first step is awareness. Write down 30 things you believe about any aspect of yourself or your life. Then really evaluate which ones are helping you and which ones are holding you back.
If you want help doing this and finding beliefs that serve you better, sign up for a free mini session. On this call I can help you with your specific situation and there’s no obligation.
So, what do you believe?