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Posted on: April 5, 2011

Beliefs and behaviours. They’re closely connected. Whatever you choose to believe about yourself – be it good or bad– impacts on your behaviour and influences what others believe about you, too. Choose your beliefs carefully. They’re life-determining forces. We’re going to look at how you can apply your beliefs to fuel your success. In addition, we’re going to give you a few tips to help you instil some positive beliefs when you’re getting bogged down in negativity.

From your earliest days your belief patterns are determined. Some of you were treated with love, care and respect, and believe yourselves worthy. Others of you were treated with indifference – or worse – and believe yourselves to be worthless.

I’m often asked, “Can I change my belief systems?” And my answer is, “Yes.” The next question is, “How easy is it to change a belief system?” and I say, “Nothing worthwhile doing is easy. And, it can be done, if you want to badly enough.”

Some people want to hold onto negative beliefs. By telling themselves that they’re incapable, worthless, or just not very smart, they give themselves permission to fail. Tell yourself that you’re capable, worthy, and clever and you have to live up to that belief. If you want to succeed in whatever you do, you have to believe you can. As my children often remind me, “Your chances for success no matter what the undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.”

Follow these simple steps to harness the power of positive belief:

  •        Identify your beliefs. Think about who you are, what you stand for and what is important to you. If you struggle with this exercise, imagine what your best friend or trusted colleague believes to be true about you. If you find any negative beliefs creeping onto your list, eliminate them.
  •        Embed your beliefs. Once you know your positive beliefs, store them. Make them your mantra. Write them down where you can see them every day. For those of you who are more visual create an image that represents you and your beliefs.
  •        Act on your beliefs. Once you have identified and embedded your positive beliefs, act on them. Nothing great was ever accomplished without a healthy dose of self-belief.

Remember: If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either.

Tip: If you find yourself feeling less than positive, make a conscious effort to claim your space, move with purpose and free your natural voice. By doing so your self-belief will rise.

Technical: Research clearly shows that positive self-belief improves performance both intellectually and physically

Caution: Don’t allow temporary setbacks to trigger you into negative beliefs. Part of the power of positive belief lies in the determination it fuels in the face of adversity.

Finally: Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.

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4 Responses to "Belief"

And how do you maintain the belief Elizabeth? In the words of Woodrow Wilson, ‘We should not only use all the brains we have got, but all the brains we can borrow…”
Lacking confidence and belief is often only temporary. Giving up on your self-belief will make it permanent. We all need support – either from an individual, a group or maybe even a blog like this.
Thank you for sharing…

Good points and thank you for sharing. I turn to my trusted colleagues and loving family when I need a dose of self-belief. I also go for a walk with my dog as exercise raises my energy levels and makes me feel good. my self-belief tumbles when I’m tired or depressed. Let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to write about.

Elizabeth, another good post. From a coaching perspective the third part, acting on your beliefs, is so important. Many clients I deal with struggle as a result of negative beliefs that have been imposed on them either through their parents or school. It is sometimes a long and painful process for them to change as the habit may have been dominant in their personality for years. But once they have made a breakthrough continual action with the positive beliefs is very life changing. The importance with this is being patient as the changes will not happen overnight.

Absolutely, Dave. And thanks for sharing. Sometimes, too, people seek a positive outcome from holding onto a negative belief. Have you encountered that one and if so, how do you work with it?

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