Do you find yourself stuck, scared or stagnant? Do you want something you don’t currently have?
What if I was to tell you that there is an easy way to get unstuck, to feel confident and take massive action?It starts with your beliefs. A belief is simply a thought that you keep thinking. And thoughts are simply sentences in your brain. Everything that has ever been created started with a thought first. If you accept this, then your dreams coming true are just sentences realized.
The dilemma is that your beliefs have become so ingrained that you are no longer aware of them. Your brain is filled with sentences that go unexamined and are often running the show. What happens is your beliefs are based on your past and you view the world through the filter of these beliefs. You are replaying beliefs that have been programmed and practiced for years.
Since you don’t notice these beliefs, they continue in the background. Beliefs are not facts, they are sentences that you have decided and accepted to believe as true. This is an important point because to change them simply requires that you first accept that they are beliefs and not facts. Facts are verifiable in a court of law. Gravity is a fact. A belief might be, “I am not good enough.”
If you want to create a different future, you have to learn to create something that doesn’t exist in your past. You can learn to create a new belief which will produce a new result. It just requires conscious awareness and believing something new.
How do you do this?
The first step is understanding that you can believe whatever you want to believe! Initially, this was hard for me to grasp. I was so used to living in my past and struggling to figure out why I kept producing the same results over and over. When I realized that I could believe whatever I wanted to believe no matter what anyone else said or thought about it or me, it changed everything.
I had no idea that changing my belief was as easy as noticing the belief, deciding what I wanted to believe, practicing believing it and then taking action. Let’s examine each of these steps and how you can implement them. The first step is accepting that you can believe whatever you want. Then begin to visualize what you want your future to look like. Here is the key – allow yourself to imagine that you believe something – not that you are doing it. It starts with imagining the belief first. Then you can visualize yourself doing it, having it and then you can begin to practice believing it.
For example, let’s say that you believe that you are not a good recruiter or that you are not good at hiring. You might not be able to immediately believe that you are a great recruiter or great at hiring. Our brain does not like to have two conflicting thoughts at the same time. This is called cognitive dissonance. This is where you have to realize that your brain is going to tell you that the new belief is not possible. Our brain wants to keep believing what it already believes.
Once you are aware of the belief you want to change and notice cognitive dissonance you can start to practice new thoughts. Practicing new thoughts can be like practicing a part in a play. A new thought for recruiting|hiring, might be, “I am capable of hiring and recruiting great people.”
Visualize yourself believing what you want to believe in order to get the results you want. What will you need to think and feel in order to get that result? For example, can you see how the thought that you are capable of hiring and recruiting great people produces a different feeling than the thought that you are not good at hiring? In order to be a great recruiter, what do you need to think, feel and do? Keep visualizing this and rehearsing it.
Remember, your brain is going to find evidence based on your thoughts. If you think are not good at recruiting, your brain will find evidence that you are not good at it. If you think, you are capable of finding and hiring great people, your brain will find evidence of that. You can choose to believe that you are good at something and your brain will support you. Think about it, when you choose to want to believe something on purpose then your brain will start scanning for evidence.
The last thing that will help us cement our new belief is to take massive action. When you start to believe something and take action in support of that belief then the action starts to build. When you start to think you are good at recruiting and hiring, and you have a few good interviews, your belief that you are good at it increases. You keep practicing and getting new results.
In order to start to believe something new, I have an exercise that you can practice daily for 30-days to help you get new results. Do the following:
- Commit to one sentence you want to believe. Visualize it and write it down.
- Write down all of the positive thoughts you have about the sentence daily.
- Practice the sentence daily for 30-days.
This exercise can be used for anything in life or business. I would recommend picking one thing and practicing it for 30-days. Once you notice the results then you can pick another belief and begin to create more and more new beliefs. Before you know it, you will have new ways of thinking and acting that support your future. It’s as easy as noticing the belief that is not serving you, visualizing a new belief, practicing believing it daily and then acting from that belief.
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