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Your Belief System Affects Your Reality More Than You Can Imagine
The Secret, The Law of Attraction, and other such movements all advocate one thing – that your inner beliefs create your reality. While it may just seem like New Age mumbo-jumbo to some, it is actually not as far-fetched as it sounds. In fact, this is a dogma that is well within the realm of logic. Basically, what it all boils down to is mind power – and oh, you will be very surprised with what your mind can do, indeed!
Now, you might wonder how an organ such as the mind – which is only one of many organs in our body, when you really think about – can do so much to affect our physical reality. Well, here’s the thing – the world of our mind and imagination is a virtual reality that feels and even appears real, especially when it comes to emotions. So if you are seeking happiness and greater fulfillment in your physical reality, the changes toward that end in the virtual reality that exists in your mind will inevitably make a more lasting impact than anything that you can possibly do in your physical world. So let us break it down as such.
“The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.” ―
What You Believe To Be True
The fact of the matter is how you view and live your life is highly dependent on your perceptions and personal beliefs. This is the framework that dictates your failures and successes; thereby, providing you with a structured process that allows you to honestly evaluate the goings-on in your life.
Now, these personal beliefs are largely based on all the things that you have ever observed and experienced throughout your life. It is safe to surmise, therefore, that your beliefs, perceptions, and prejudices all have a logical component and an emotional aspect to them. Which brings us to the next point…
Logic And Emotions
Basically, beliefs are built upon a mix of emotions and logic. At first, a belief is nothing more than just a theory. Throughout time, however, your logical deductions and observations start to contribute to making a belief a reality. Add the emotions that stem from everything that you experience, and you have built a belief.
Knowing these two major components that make up the belief structure, you will then be able to make better sense of your own personal reality. More importantly, this knowledge will give you a considerable measure of control, as well, when it comes to your reality.
Beliefs As Facts
More often than not, as soon as we establish certain beliefs, we invariably see them as facts and rarely, if ever, scrutinize them. Basically, everything that we see, think, and experience moving forward is adjusted to fit those beliefs. Now, while this is not generally a conscious process, this can be quite debilitating when it comes to facing new circumstances.
An Upgrade Is In Order
The fact of the matter is certain beliefs outlive their usefulness and are rather irrelevant as you go through life. By upgrading your belief system, therefore, you will find yourself better able to evaluate your life. In turn, you will be substantially better equipped to affect your reality.
Reframe Your Perceptions For Positive Beliefs
A positive beliefs create a positive outcome. A negative beliefs create a negative outcome. Now it is up to you how do you want to live life – to win or to lose, the choice is yours.
You might not know it, but how you see the world and perceive the people, things, and situations around you contribute a lot to whether you will succeed or fail in realizing your goals. This is because throughout your life, your brain is hardwired to respond to specific stimuli a certain way – all based on the beliefs and prejudices that you acquire throughout your lifetime.
More often than not, this is rife with a good measure of negativity, which could be holding you back from reaching your full potential. It is, therefore, a good idea to reboot and change how you perceive the world by reframing your thought processes.
In a nutshell, reframing is a tool that allows you to consciously change the boundaries – or frames – that limit you, in order to support your desired behaviors and outcomes. Basically, it works by interrupting unhelpful thought patterns with fresh new perspectives that are more in tune with your goals. It all boils down to mindsets, and here are the five great yet simple mindsets that will help you reframe:
“People tend to accept information that confirms their existing beliefs and feelings, and reject information that contradicts them. This is called “motivated reasoning,” and it means that providing people with corrective information often does not work and may even strengthen their original beliefs. This also means that when people receive new information, their existing beliefs and feelings may have more influence over whether they believe or reject this information than rational reasoning.” ― Rachel Hilary Brown
You have to stop thinking that people are out to get you, that they are inherently evil, and that they only want to get something out of you. They are not. Instead, see the positive in people. Generally, there is always a positive intention behind every behavior, so think about this before assuming the worst out of everyone.
Think Challenges Instead Of Problems
When you look at everything that does not go your way as a “problem”, you are invariably giving it more gravitas. This is a very inefficient and counterproductive way of looking at any given situation. Instead, look at these setbacks as “challenges,” or better yet, “opportunities.” This way, you can fill your life with challenges and opportunities, which will make you more motivated and a lot more focused.
Nothing Is Impossible
It is easy enough to get overwhelmed when confronted with a seemingly gargantuan task – so much so that the usual knee-jerk reaction is to think that something is impossible, or unachievable. Again, this does not help matters at all. So rather than thinking and invariably believing that something can’t be done, ask yourself the question, “How can I most easily do this?” By looking at the situation from this perspective, you are gearing yourself up to finding solutions, giving yourself a laser-sharp focus that will inevitably get things done.
Learning Opportunities > Failure
As clichéd as it may sound, to the well-adjusted mind, there is no such thing as failure. This is because no matter how badly you crash and burn, you will always be left with nuggets of wisdom that will serve you in the future. So instead of losing heart if something does not turn out as well as expected, look for the lessons. This will keep you motivated, more productive, and always moving forward.
Face Your Fears
There is nothing more exhilarating than facing your fears head on, and winning. It is a major boost of confidence when you find yourself doing something that you were afraid to do in the first place. Truth be told, nothing feels as good as ‘badass’ feels. So always take whatever opportunity you can to face your fears. You will eat discomfort for breakfast.