Many years ago the great Zumrati completed the tightrope walk, a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain. An enthusiastic supporter met ‘The Great Zumbrati’. This man urged him to make a return trip — this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.
The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions. But the supporter pressed him, "You can do it - I know you can," he urged.
"You really believe I can do it?" asked Zumbrati.
"Yes - definitely - you can do it." the supporter gushed.
"Okay," said Zumbrati, "Get in the wheelbarrow." (Author unknown)
You probably don't sit around every day thinking about what you believe to be true about areas of life. But I challenge you here, in this moment to consider just how vital your BELIEFS are to every area of your life. Are they useful or not?
Our beliefs are a huge part of how we respond to almost anything. They are accessed at key moments of decision making and have a huge influence on how we will respond. Most of these beliefs are stored away in the unconcious mind and accessed only when needed, often without awareness of the belief itself.
What we believe deeply, affects what we think and how we act.
They can be both an obstacle and a cheerleader.
As an obstacle, your beliefs can hold you back from taking the next action step towards something. They may stir emotions, or even memories, and sometimes they will leave us feeling fearful, without knowing why. We just know our gut is telling us that whatever is presented goes against our belief.
Sometimes, we create a belief in the moment, trusting our gut to guide us. If the outcome is acceptable, we store the belief with a checkmark in our unconscious to be accessed again when needed. Beliefs can simply our best guess at the time.
They can also act as a cheerleader, leaving you feeling positive and upbeat. They can keep you on the right path towards a desired result. Beliefs can keep you out of harms way or from making bad decisions for your life, relationships, finances, health or business.
Sometimes what we DO and what we BELIEVE do not match. This creates internal conflicts that challenge you on a far deeper level. In such circumstances, achieving the right desired outcome may become a challenge in itself because of this internal conflict.
Beliefs may be placed upon us
If you hear something often enough or if you are influenced over a period of time with someone else's belief, chances are you will adopt this belief for yourself. Family does this, education systems do this, and even relationships such as marriage can influence our belief systems.
Beliefs influence who we hang out with.
Like attracts like. Think about your circle of friends. Do you have similar beliefs? Maybe not all, but if you were to start taking notes, you will surely find enough similar beliefs to realize that you agree in many areas that you might otherwise question amongst an entirely different set of people. We attract people who are like us.
Beliefs can be limiting
Recently a colleague shared a story about a teenage girl who was waiting on her mother to return home from a friends house in the next town. The teen needed important papers signed for a new job she had after school the next day and that only her mom could complete them. Her mom wouldn't answer her calls or text messages.
She called my colleague in tears. She didn't know what to do or when her mom would return home and it was getting late, so she needed to get to bed for an early school day.
Every suggestion that was offered was met with one of the following statement types:
I can't ... followed by an excuse
She won't ... followed by an excuse
It's not possible...followed by an excuse
There's no way ...followed by an excuse
These are limiting beliefs. Rather then listening to the great suggestions being offered and making a decision on which action to take, she was caught up in the endless swirl of limiting belief statements. WHY? This wasn't the first phone call. She had been in this position too many times to count. Despite making it through each and every episode, she still held on to her limiting beliefs, stored in her unconscious.
Our mind, body and spirit meet in our beliefs.
What we think, how we store thoughts, how we react to our environment or circumstances, and how we feel at any given moment are all guided through our belief system. Beliefs are found in every person, in every culture, in every area of the world. They are a natural part of who we are and how we do things.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR BELIEFS???
WHAT ACTIONS FLOW FROM THERE?
Take a look at your beliefs and understand how they serve you.
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