The Power of
Belief… what a powerful word! Most of us have an idea of its meaning, but do you really know the depth of its meaning and what power it holds over your life experience?
Belief has the power to change not only your inner state, but the world around you. This is because when you believe something from the inside out, it manifests in your outer world.
You are the sole observer of your world so you perceive and manifest according to your beliefs.
Yes, it sounds like magic, but I can assure you it is not. After years of research, scientists are barely starting to understand the implications of belief, and even how it intermingles with faith. Let’s explore both…
A belief emerges from existing ideas that you accumulate throughout your lifetime. These ideas shape your individuality based on personal experience and the way in which you get influenced by the people and world around you over time. In this sense, the events you have experienced give you the understanding and knowing that become the foundation of your beliefs, while faith is based on trust and hope in things yet to happen regardless of your present circumstances or the world around you.
In other words, your reality may be portraying a specific situation that has nothing to do with your belief in what will happen. When you hold this belief with passion, self-conviction and inner knowing from your core, it transforms into faith.
Moreover, a belief can be taken with reservation; meaning, you can believe something and at the same time, you may not be 100% convinced of your belief – more on this later. In contrast, faith is total confidence and blind certainty of future events, regardless of what you see in your reality right now.
We all have beliefs about one thing or another, but not all of us have faith. As such, faith is much more powerful than beliefs. Furthermore, even though all of us have beliefs about one thing or another, it is a wonderful thing that they are not 100% set in stone, otherwise we’d be set in our circumstances for life.
Fortunately, beliefs are malleable, and we can change them at will. Consider that your personal growth starts and evolves as you change old beliefs. Once you discover that certain beliefs don’t serve you any longer and consciously acknowledge that they need replacement, you’ll start working on getting new beliefs that support your goals and that have the potential to impact your life in a positive way eventually. To better grasp this concept, just remember something from your childhood that made a certain belief set roots in your subconscious. Can you think of something along those lines as you read this? Does it still hold its truth for you to this day?
And here is something more about beliefs… they can be either limiting or empowering. This insight makes a huge difference in the way you perceive your reality. This only means that there are no real barriers or limitations but only those that you have come to believe in.
Once you realize that you have control over this, the door to unlimited possibilities swings wide open and you will feel empowered to achieve or conquer anything you set your mind to.
Have you heard the story of the English athlete, Roger Banister? He became famous after breaking the limit of the 4 minute mile run. You see, for many years scientists believed that it was impossible for a human being to run one mile in under 4 minutes, but in mid 1954, Banister believed he could break that record – and he did.
Roger Banister participated in the Vancouver Games, finishing first with 3 min 58.8 sec, which earned him a mention in the Guinness Book of Records and the Sportsman of the Year award.
The interesting thing is that Banister was not the only runner who accomplished this. Once others realized that this was not only possible but highly probable, a new paradigm emerged. Thirty seven runners believed they could do it too and went onto breaking the same record in that same year!
Many more athletes have done the same – and even better – since Banister debunked the old belief. Think about what this means! It all started with Banister’s desire to change a belief.
Now that you know this… what if I told you that you can have, achieve and manifest anything you put your mind to ONLY by allowing yourself to believe? Would you believe me? And more importantly, would you believe it yourself?
Before you answer, let’s explore a few statements…
- Do you believe life is unfair?
- Do you believe your life is full of problems?
- Do you believe you have the ability to excel at anything?
- Do you believe you cannot dance because you have two left feet?
- Do you believe you will never get rich no matter how hard you work?
- Do you believe you don’t have the necessary traits to succeed?
- Do you believe Algebra is just for Engineers to understand?
- Do you believe…
You can formulate more questions according to your thoughts, ideas and circumstances. You get the idea… Keep on asking questions like these over and over and jot down your answers. Some of them will astound you!
Whatever your answers were, realize that the common denominator in all of them is belief… It doesn’t matter what questions you pose to yourself in life, it is always about what you believe. BUT… beliefs can be changed; remember that… always!
So now let’s see if you can answer my initial questions… What if I told you that you can manifest anything by just allowing yourself to believe you can? Would you believe me? And more importantly, do you believe it yourself?
Your answer here _________________
I invite you to take a few moments and ponder upon these truths below, straight from successful people and personal growth masters…
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!”
~ Napoleon Hill
“Four things for success: work and pray, think and believe.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
“More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives that determine our destiny.“
~ Anthony Robbins
“Believe deep down in your heart that you’re destined to do great things.”
~ Joe Paterno
“I believe that you control your destiny, that you can be what you want to be.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
“Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.”
~ Brian Tracy
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli
“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.”
~ Charles F. Kettering
“When people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
~ Sam Walton
“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
~ Dale Carnegie
Inspiring? You bet! Dedicate some time to explore your own beliefs and do whatever it takes to discard those that are not supporting your dreams and goals, and undermining your life experience. Substitute them with empowering beliefs and be amazed at the changes you will experience!
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