In Part 2 of the Incredible Power of Beliefs, William Horton continues to tell us that your belief system is so important it can determine whether you make it or break it in life. So…what will it be? Will you believe in YOU or will you leave it all to fate?
The Incredible Power Of Beliefs: Part II
by William Horton, Psy. D.
In Part One of “The Incredible Power of Beliefs” it was uncovered that there are many behaviors, processes and thinking that go into success. Individuals must believe that they can exceed as well as rate their personal potential at a high level. In the second part, we will expand on these ideas and give even more for individuals to understand the process of thinking for success and achieving it as well.
Reaching the Mind with Visualization
Visualization is a very important aspect in human behavior as touched on in part I. With the power of visualization individuals can see themselves in successful positions, imagine breaking limitations and boundaries that are holding them back. To see the power of visualization here is an exercise:
- Pointing your finger forward, turn your body in a clockwise motion as far as you can. Make a mental note of this position.
- Close your eyes and visualize yourself in the above exercise. Now with your eyes closed continue, but stretch yourself a little further (in your mind). Imagine yourself another three feet from the position that you were in with your “closed eye” experience.
- Now open your eyes and do the same, you went further than the first time, huh?
You get past your mental limits and boundaries that you set for yourself. That is because you imagine that you can, and you do! Success is just a visualization away!
Eliminate Limiting Beliefs
Most people strive to a record and never seek a higher goal for themselves. Now you may think, what does that mean? What it means is that if you only strive for something that has already been accomplished you may never fulfill a higher goal. Take running for example. Prior to the early 1950’s no one had ever run a mile in less than four minutes. After Roger Bannister, a college student, ran the mile in less than four minutes it was much longer before others followed his lead. Why is this? Because people fail to reach for what they think is unobtainable. Amazingly after Bannister broke the record, thirty seven other runners broke the same record that year. What does this tell us? Basically never take the “top goal” and quit. Strive for more and reach for the unthinkable.
Your Limiting Beliefs are Never Absolutes
Beliefs are sometimes true, but often times they are only an opinion or personal perception of a situation. Did you ever stop to think that someone that is feeling down, would have a different belief about a situation than he/she would when they were feeling better? People have beliefs about a variety of things everyday, but this does not make it set in stone or a rule to live by. Sometimes perceptions are wrong, off or misguided by faulty information. Think about the game that you played in elementary when you whispered a secret in the ear of a person standing next to you. By the end of the line the details changed, stories were different and perceptions were certainly different. See how things can become distorted? That is how it works.
You must come to understand that no matter what the belief, you must realize that it could change. When we have a belief about something it must be evaluated. Evaluated and determined whether or not it is true for everyone or tainted by some other motive that may inhibit ability. Asking yourself if the belief will hold you back or empower you is the best way to understand whether the belief is positive or negative. Most successful individuals share the belief that all things happen for a reason and not because of fate. The belief that fate or blessings provide a successful outcome can cause distress and frustration. Success does not fall in the lap of anyone, they have to make it happen!
Your Beliefs become True
Saying that beliefs are not always true is simply a fact, but the individual having the belief finds that often the belief comes true. Over and over it has been taught that what individuals believe and think is their fate. We are a product of our internal belief system. No matter how faulty a belief the person that has it will inevitably live it.
People become what they believe because it is how they perceive the opportunity and environment around them. People do not perceive reality, but they do perceive their perception of reality. Read that sentence again, it is a mind boggling theory, but one that is unbelievably true. A good example of this theory can be seen when two people have a verbal argument. Both parties are angry and will recall different things. The mind will take in parts of the altercation, changing, deleting and even distorting the information.
People have the tendency of remembering a negative expression or action much longer than a positive one. For parents it may be that their child has done a host of things correct, but the one time they mess up, they have trouble living it down. If the child does something again the parents will automatically return to the negative experience.
People have self fulfilling prophecies not by accident, but because they set themselves up for the situation. A nagging, suspicious wife can drive a husband away with the constant negativity. The strong and passionate beliefs can often times become true, because we keep on with them until they are a reality. So be careful with your beliefs, unless they are positive, because you may just create a self fulfilling prophecy that you don’t want.
Perceptual Blind Spot
Sometimes the brain will delete something because of a belief system. Have you ever been looking for something searching high and low for it? All the time you were telling yourself that you hate looking for things and will not be able to find it because you are so terrible at finding things. Someone else comes along and grabs whatever you were looking for, in a place that you had already looked two or three times. What is going on? Are you having trouble with your sight? No, this phenomenon is known as a perceptual blind spot. Because you are so busy telling yourself that you are terrible at finding things, your eyes scan right across the item with a lack of detection. This is a negative visual hallucination, this idea can be expanded into “blind” spots about success, health, wealth, and all other facets of our experience!
Beliefs can cause your success to be the same way. If you believe that there are no opportunities and you will never be successful, you will miss opportunity right under your nose.
The Famous and Intelligent Proven Wrong
Large companies and those seeking advertisements look to those that are famous or intelligent to promote their product. This happens because the public has a positive regard for the individual allowing them to believe what they say. But, what if they are wrong? Bill Gates once promoted the fact that no computer needed more than 250k of ram. Dr. Lee D Forest claimed that man would never reach the moon no matter how many scientific advances came along. The head of the US Patent office said in 1905, everything that can be invented has been invented and suggested closing the patent office! So, those that are intelligent, educated, and/or famous do not always know best. Never take limitations as whole truths, always strive for one step better. The four minute mile, cell phones, and even the internet were once considered impossible! (Now imagine living without them) What if no one had ever promoted these new idea’s, our computers would not have the memory they now have, or no one would walk on the moon, and we all have cell phones and “need” the internet. (I could not have written this without the internet) Dreams are what makes success come true. Dream and dream big!
Eliminate Limiting Beliefs & Create Empowering Beliefs
Beliefs come from experiences and individuals around us. Beliefs are drawn from friends, family members, educators and the local hero. These perceptions and beliefs are important and make us who we are, but one must remember that they are only as good as the perceptions of the individual. Beliefs are never absolute truths and should be treated as such. Evaluating beliefs to ensure that they are not holding you back is of the utmost importance. Beliefs become embedded into our brains and become our behaviors which are our lives!