You encounter a situation in your life. In order to deal with the situation you need to give it meaning and perspective.
The meaning and perspective you give the situation is based upon your beliefs.
Beliefs which you have inherited from outside sources like mom, dad, teacher, pastor, employer, co-worker, uncle, neighbor, the kid down the street. From the news, television, Internet, magazines and movies.
Often you are give current situations in your life meaning based on beliefs you inherited 30, 40, 50 years ago. Outdated, old and stale beliefs which mostly likely didn’t work for the person who gave them to you.
You also give these situations meaning based on the beliefs you have come with on your own during past experiences. For example: at age 21 you started a business. The business was a flop and you lost a large amount of money. Fresh in the disappointment and upset of that venture you came to snap decisions and conclusions in your mind about yourself, your ability to make money, about being an entrepreneur and about money itself.
Beliefs such as: its hard to be in business. I’m a failure. People take advantage of me. Taking a risk is bad. I’m not good enough. People don’t want what I have to offer. The world is against me.
These beliefs become the filters through which you see and experience yourself, life, other people and the world.
You begin to believe that these thoughts are real and the truth. You begin to believe that your situation is THE WAY IT IS.
And then those same beliefs begin to shape and form your reality and you create a life, a reality based on faulty, old, negative and limiting beliefs.
Don’t like what you see in your life? Then you need to create a new reality.
The only way to create a new reality is to make deep change at the root which are the beliefs you hold consciously and subconsciously.
This is why it is important to discover, explore and assess your beliefs. The ones you have been holding onto for a long time and new ones which are coming into your experience.
Always ask yourself, “Does this belief work for me? Does it support what I want? Is it my belief or someone else’s and did that belief even work for them? Is this an up to date belief or something old and stale? Is this belief positive and uplifting or negative?”
Want to change your situation? Change your beliefs.