You are what you believe

The subject I want to cover today is your belief system. I want to speak about a very specific aspect of beliefs and this is really the cycle of how we build beliefs—how we start off as children.

You know, day one, we’re perfect, sort of this blank slate. We can be anything we want to be. Day two comes around and we’re already being taught limiting beliefs. As we grow up we hear them from our parents, our teachers, our friends, and the news media.

Then all of a sudden, we find ourselves reinforcing negative cycles of belief. Sometimes we try things and we don’t get the results we want. So we draw the wrong conclusions, all based on these wrong beliefs that disempower us.

The right conclusion is that maybe I didn’t have the right skills or the right training or the right guidance to be successful at what I wanted to accomplish. The wrong conclusion would be that I just suck at this task. I wasn’t born to be a closer. I wasn’t born to play a musical instrument. I wasn’t born to be a math whiz.

This cycle of beliefs really is that integral thing, that core of every human being, that really sets us up to succeed at something or not. Chances are, if you’re not succeeding at selling right now, and you’re still struggling, you can attribute this to a deep-seated belief. The cycle of beliefs has reinforced a limiting belief in you, until it almost becomes a self-limiting conviction.

How’d that happen?

The first element to breaking a limiting belief is to understand how it got there in the first place. Then we identify your personal limiting beliefs. Once we do that, it sets you up for the next stage, which is to break those limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs.

This really starts with understanding how that cycle begins, how you reinforce it through your own activities, then, how you short-circuit that limiting process and start a new process, which is laying down an empowering belief that’s going to serve you, that’s going to allow you to achieve what you want to achieve, become what you want to become, allow you to empower the people around you, feel connected, feel powerful.

This issue is intimate to every person, because we all have a very different set of experiences as children and adolescents. That’s really where our beliefs get laid down, that ultimately create the person we are today.

Look inside … look back

Take the time to search your own memory. Ask yourself, “How did this cycle affect me. How did this really start the process of me becoming the person I believe I am today.” And by the way, that’s an important point. It’s not about who you are. It’s about who you believe you are.

Whatever is holding you back, you can break that. You can replace who you believe you are with a far more powerful you. Remember that.

You’re not set in stone. Your psychology is malleable. You can change yourself. You can better yourself. You can rewrite any destiny you want. You can create a future that serves you, that aligns with your vision, that protects you and will allow you to retire with pride and dignity.

And finally, you can create a future that will protect the people around you—your family, your children—and really empower them to achieve the lives they want as well.

All the best,