In order to successfully create and maintain a healthy lifestyle, we need be aware of our beliefs. The beliefs you hold about life, yourself and people is what’s responsible for who you are, how you behave and who you will become. Our beliefs come from our parents, teachers, past experiences, culture and environment and they affect us, both negatively and positively, in a powerful ways. Most researchers agree that before the age of 10(!), a person has a pretty solid idea of what they believe to be right and wrong, fair and unfair, good and bad. Amazingly, these beliefs, formed so early, are not likely to change much throughout our life.
How do beliefs affect us?
From our beliefs, we construct a narrative about ourselves, others and the world. Beliefs are the engine that drives our experience. Can you imagine how the experiences of someone may be if they held one of the following beliefs:
Beliefs drive our actions at work, in relationships, as parents, as friends, as citizens, as consumers – every choice and decision we make is the result of the patterns of our belief system. Think about it – a person cannot be successful if subconsciously he believes that rich people are mean or that money is the root of all evil. What message does this person send to the subconscious mind over and over again?
Our brain continually scans every experience, searching for anything that could possibly match up with our existing beliefs. When a match is identified, the brain collects it and accepts it as truth; information that doesn't fit is distorted or deleted.
Limiting or mistaken beliefs are nurtured and verified in the same way as good or helpful beliefs. If you believe, "I don't deserve happiness," then life will always seem to put happiness out of reach. Positive beliefs offer opposite results, where life seems to be handing out 'good luck'. Life is doing nothing more than giving us what we believe, our beliefs are creating good or bad 'luck' by getting us to notice the information that matches our belief and discounting the rest. Our beliefs create our reality, so basically we are creating our own 'luck'.
Your mind can be your best asset or your biggest enemy. If you've drawn inaccurate conclusions about yourself, your self-limiting beliefs could prevent you from reaching your greatest potential. To discover your self-limiting beliefs, spend some time thinking about you want and assessing the assumptions you make about yourself that keep you from living your dreams. It's likely that your beliefs, rather than your lack of ability, are the biggest hurdle standing between the life you're living and type of life you want to live. But the good news is, with a little time and extra effort, you can develop the mental strength you need to overcome the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back in life.