“What’s your story? What do you believe about your lot in life? Are those beliefs empowering you or preventing you from living a happy, fulfilled life?”
Most of us do not make a conscious decision about what we believe. Rather, our beliefs are based on generalizations we make about our past. And unfortunately, many of us are wired to hone in on the painful experiences and form pessimistic beliefs about what that means for our current state of affairs and the potential for our future.
How many times have you heard someone say “that’s just my luck” when something bad happens? Or make grandiose statements, claiming that bad things “always” happen or that it would take a miracle for their misfortune to change?
No matter how much good transpires, we give the bad more attention, and, in turn, give the story of pain and struggle power. And we are uniquely skilled at finding more specific experiences to back those stories up. Because the more references we have to support our beliefs, the more valid they become for us.
Yet this personal narrative prevents us from reaching our true potential and transforming the quality of our lives. Because limiting beliefs affect how much action we take, which then affects the results we get, which, in turn, reinforces our limiting beliefs. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in which we are our own worst enemy.
If you continue to tell yourself the same story, it will continue to be true. But when you change your story, you can change your life — a lesson actor Hugh Jackman recently learned at a recent Unleash the Power Within event:
With an empowering story, individuals tend to find effective strategies, and effective strategies yield real results. But to find that empowering story, we first have to deal with our limiting beliefs. And that begins with addressing one of the most important elements of all — our state.
The psychological and emotional state we are experiencing at any given moment tends to shape our story. We all develop emotional habits, or patterns, that influence how we perceive our lives. And the states that we are in most often become the most powerful filter of all, determining whether or not we find the strategies necessary to succeed or whether or not we create stories that empower us.
So how do we break our negative states? How do we make the shift towards positive thought and feeling patterns?
It all comes down to making the conscious decision to recondition your mind with empowering beliefs. Empowering beliefs help you transition into a new state of being where you have absolute certainty — you don’t just believe that your are capable of achieving great things, you know it. And when you have a mindset that what you’re doing is going to work, no matter what, you can propel yourself to accomplish virtually anything. Because when you’re certain about your potential, you take massive action. And when you take massive action, you get massive results, reinforcing the belief that you are not only capable of, but are destined for greatness.
By reconditioning your mind, you will be making a conscious effort to transition into a new state of being that will eventually change your world. Instead of being ruled by fear or doubt, you will feel empowered by confidence and positivity. You have the desire. You want a bigger and better life. You want to live up to your full potential. So isn’t it time you let yourself?
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” — Tony Robbins