Today I am back in research mode as I begin work on my next non-fiction book. The book itself is all about Switchwords and how amazing they are for enhancing your life and helping you manifest what it is you desire. I have been using switchwords for over a year now and have had some amazing results including manifesting a new house, increasing the amount of money I earn, bringing about additional lump sums when I need them, weight loss, changing habits, and so much more. The first chapter of my new book is going to focus on the power of words and how our thoughts and words greatly affect our lives. It got me to really thinking about beliefs and how they can impact our lives and our health. There is a lovely quote from Christopher Reeve that says:
“We can either watch life from the sidelines, or actively participate. Either we let self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy prevent us from realizing our potential, or embrace the fact that when we turn our attention away from ourselves, our potential is limitless.” – Christopher Reeve
This quote is a wonderful reminder from a wonderfully inspiring human being about how life is to be lived no matter what fears and doubts we face. This came from a man who was catapulted to fame as Superman in the late 70’s and early 80’s, who later became paralysed after an incident at an equestrian competition. His spinal cord injury left him paralysed but he always believed that he would walk again. He didn’t let his disability stop him from living and that is what we must all strive to do.
Feel Well, Think Well, Get Well
I firmly believe that when we believe in ourselves, we hold the key to our health and happiness. Believing in yourself and knowing that you can do anything that you put your heart and mind into is the key to everything you have been looking for. When you believe in you, you don’t have to rely on anyone else’s option. It won’t matter what they think. You won’t be looking to meet someone else’s expectations either. When you believe in you, you will find your way through anything. When you are scared, challenged, overwhelmed, or doubtful, there will always be someone to guide you. That someone is you, the most important person in your life.
This belief however comes from your thoughts and as the great Dodinsky once said:
“Your value is the product of your thoughts. Do not miscalculate your self worth by multiplying your insecurities.”
Bruce Lipton is another famous teacher that focuses on belief and his book “The Biology of Belief” is a great read. One of the principles that he teaches is that new neural pathways are created in our brain when we shift old emotional patterns. This happens when we learn something new, or when we engage in a creative activity. That means that if you have been trapped in negative thinking, you can change it and create new neural pathways that meld with the new person you want to become. Your thoughts create things and if you want to have a happy, positive, and healthy life, your thoughts need to reflect this also. There is no point in constantly saying, I feel dreadful, when you want a healthy life. It cannot happen because it is a contradiction to the words you are saying. The same goes for wealth. You cannot be wealthy if your thoughts are always on the lack of money in your life.
Do you see where thoughts and words you say, either internally or out loud, can affect your daily living?
Try answering these clarifying questions below to get a clearer indication of where your thoughts lie and how they can be affecting your life. Do you have beliefs that you need to change. Are there neural pathways that no longer serve you?
Clarifying Questions to Discover Limiting Beliefs
There are lots of questions that you can ask yourself but I have found that these really work and can be used time and time again. Give them a whirl and remember to write down your answers so you can work through them.
What do you need to let go of today?
What is preventing you from letting it go?
Where do your beliefs come from?
Have you ever wondered why you believe them?
Have you ever wondered how they got there?
Do you ever question them?
Do you ever doubt them?
Do you ever resent them?
Are you aware of your beliefs?
Did you intentionally choose them?
Did you learn them from experiences?
Did you get them from someone that you respect and trust?
Did you get them from an authority figure?
Do your current beliefs move you towards your goals or do they keep you trapped in mediocrity, monotony, or misery?
Do your beliefs serve you or do you serve them?
Who is really running your life, you or your beliefs?
There is a lot in these questions and if you are truthful to yourself and the answers you can learn a lot. You might discover that some of the beliefs and fears you have aren’t grounded and that there is no evidence that you should follow them. When you begin to question beliefs, you really do see whether they are good for you or not. A lot of the time you may find that certain beliefs have been holding you back in life. May you have heard that all marriages end in misery so you have avoided getting too close to anyone? May you heard that money is the root of all evil so you have blocked yourself from earning too much. Beliefs can manifest in our subconscious and it is only when we being to question them and where they came from that we can begin to actively remove the ones that are no good for us.
Beliefs often come from our parents. My mother always told me I was shy and I believed it. I still sometimes find that I start to panic and get really nervous when meeting people I don’t know. I have to consciously tell myself that I am outgoing and confident and that I love meeting new people. I have even found myself saying it about my own daughter without realising it. I am however very conscious of not saying it in front of her. I am learning as I go along and I think this is very important. We are all learning and evolving and discovering what works and what doesn’t. What we say to ourselves is reflected in our lives so if we want to have happy, healthy lives, we need to reflect this in what we say to ourselves. Again this is all about the power of words and the beliefs we hold is only one aspect of it.
I hope you have found today’s article inspiring and that it has given you something to think about. Our beliefs are what shape us. Your challenge for today is to look at the beliefs you have about yourself and your life and see if they are moving you towards the life you want or preventing you from getting there.
Until next time,