Have you ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” Well, the same principle applies to what you think. Thoughts are one of the most powerful forces in the universe and beliefs play a vital role in life. A problem occurs because much of the time people struggle to control their thought life. There are many things that influence the kinds of thoughts people have; for example, public opinion, friends, family, enemies, the media, and more. Keep in mind that there is nothing necessarily wrong with beliefs, but false beliefs can literally cripple the superman or superwoman within.
It is here that a prominent question arises: Why do beliefs retain such power? How can two people with the same background, environment, and opportunities come to a place in life where one can be so happy and peaceful and the other can be so unhappy and full of fear?
Source of Power
First of all, try not to confuse thoughts with beliefs. The latter is directly connected to emotion, not thoughts. A belief is simply a thought you keep thinking. What you think about yourself and what others think about you can be triggers to emotion. For example, if somebody humiliates you by telling you that you are not attractive, one of many emotions can surface. You can either feel ugly and ashamed, angry, or completely indifferent. If you feel ugly, then your core belief is that you resemble what that person said. If you get angry, then it’s because you believe it’s not true and you strongly disagree. If you feel indifferent then you know that person is and simply being mean and immature and the comment is not relevant. What that person said triggered an emotion, which represents your belief.
It’s easy to wake up in the morning and think, “I’m very attractive”, but this doesn’t mean you believe it. Unfortunately it’s not that easy to change a belief, because it develops over time through internal and external dialogue, experiences, and interactions. This is another reason why beliefs are so powerful, as they can stop you from applying for a better position, asking for a raise, keep you from socializing, or having fun. More importantly, they can keep you from reaching success and happiness.
Changing Your Perspective
In order to find out whether your beliefs are helping or hurting you, you need to do some reflection. False beliefs can be very dangerous and can lead to negative actions, so it’s crucial to separate the good from the bad. Emotions that lead to happiness, self-confidence and success are primarily positive and not something you should worry about. However, beliefs that keep you from feeling happy or confident should be given attention.
Take some time to begin monitoring your thoughts and beliefs. Whether you realize it or not, you have thoughts running through your mind almost continually. Even when you are engaged in a project or even having a conversation, your subconscious mind has beliefs programmed into it that oftentimes play like a CD over and over. If you’re not aware that this CD is playing a negative tune, your life could be suffering unnecessarily. For this reason, it is important to become aware of your thought life and mindset.
For this you need to find the source of your beliefs. Every belief has an origin, whether it originates from childhood or it started to develop as you got older. A simple example is physical attractiveness. Many people were told from a very young age they looked ugly, and this seeps into their lives as the years continue. Needless to say this is difficult to change, but changing your perspective is the first step in getting rid of any false belief. If you find yourself thinking you’re not attractive, replace that thought with “I am beautiful inside and out” and mentally and verbally recite that thought as many times as you can throughout the day. Repetition is key when it comes to changing your belief system.
In the end, beliefs can be good or beliefs can be bad and many people fail to realize just how important they are. The power of false beliefs should never be underestimated because they can hurt you in various ways. False beliefs keep people in jobs they detest. False beliefs keep people in relationships where they are miserable. False beliefs keep people depressed, anxious, and scared. False beliefs are enemies within and they get stronger based on mere perception, so it’s time to make some changes to your thought life and adopt a positive perspective. As you do, watch your life bloom in ways you never even imagined.