Why do you need to watch your beliefs? Let me tell you!

We go through life moved by a set of automatic beliefs accepted way back in our past when we didn't know better...Regardless of that, now those core beliefs rule our lives. Now, it's natural to believe that we are no good at math or that with our looks nobody will feel attracted to us...once our parents told us this was the truth, and we now keep their negative images of us alive.

What if we believe that we have "bad luck"? then everything we plan will have to do two battles: one against reality out there, and the second one to convince "luck" to bend over our desire....making everything a double challenge.

We all have a variety of core beliefs, of which some are empowering (positive beliefs) and others are limiting (negative beliefs). In the US, popular culture tends to push for more positive than negative beliefs, which promotes a feeling that most projects are possible and doable. If we grew up with the people around us telling that only men can do the things we also want to do, then we have again the double challenge: getting to have the opportunity to do those desired tasks and proving that we are as valuable as men at each step....

Every day, in fact every minute we are reinforcing or weakening them. It is an on-going process. Each time we tell ourselves that our plans are within reach, we help them be doable. Even we are influencing each other when we express those beliefs, and sometimes it doesn't help our loved ones hearing us expressing negative beliefs about their capacities. Why, if they never did this task, how come now they think they can do it? Well, me saying that they will never learn is only a half disguised act of sabotage...Perhaps it's best to let them try, because even trying and failing, they will know better for the next try.

As a result, we need to be aware of negative, judgmental beliefs popping up in our minds, and work actively to replace them with a more positive approach.

This reframing goes a long way: we can "reframe" failure as an opportunity for a new beginning; and we can see conflict as an opportunity to really know what we want and negotiate better what we need to receive. It's only a matter of framing these two concepts into the right environment!

Several suggestions follow from this concept:

  • Find the areas in your life you would change if you could (finances, relationships, work)
  • Use each subject you have listed as a heading in a new piece of paper, and write why do you believe you can't;
  • Review the list of beliefs, find the negatives and turn them 180 degrees;
  • Have a set of ideas, words and phrases that define the positive framing of each issue.
  • Put those positive phrases on cards and read them each night before going to sleep.

If you do a periodic revision of your basic assumptions about life in general, and your happiness in particular, you will see that more positive experiences are happening now that you are in control of the beliefs that determine your reality.

Neil Warner

Neil Warner

I'm the “relationship guru,” and my main focus is to increase the quality of love-based relationship experiences. In this ground-breaking guide I offer useful strategies on healing a difficult angry relationship with love and compassion. You don't have to stay in an unhealthy relationship one more minute. Let us share our tools with you today.

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