Hopefully you have read part 1 and 2 and now you are ready to start the process of believing new things.
Have you ever thought about what makes us believe what we believe? Two things, practice and repetition. You might be thinking, what about evidence? Read on…
I had practiced my thought of “I don’t read and comprehend well” all of my life. What is important to understand is that there was mountains of evidence to prove that thought was not true and yet, I believed it. It was “who I am,” it became “just what I have to deal with.”
I had done well in school, I had taken several insurance licensing tests, security tests, Real Estate tests, my CRCM etc…I had tons of evidence that I could read and comprehend very well.
So really think about this, just because you think it, does not make it true, it just means that you think it is true!
So right now, grab that old belief that you want to dismantle and let’s get started.
- Write out the old belief in a narrative. For example, “I don’t read and comprehend well.”
- Decide what you want to believe instead. Write that out very clearly. For example, “I read and comprehend complex material and I know how to apply it.”
Note: I even added a level of thought to my new belief. I up-leveled my thinking.
Don’t worry if you don’t think it is true right now. Remember, practice and repetition is how you get there. You may not feel good thinking the new thought, you may even feel like it’s a lie. Don’t worry, it’s just your brain trying to make sense of your new thoughts.
Most people give up believing the new thought too soon.
Even though we don’t like the old thought or belief, it’s familiar, we have learned to live with it, we may even be emotionally attached to it. You may have fallen for the line, “It’s just how I am.”
The new thought may not have anything to back it up right now and that’s OK. Remember, your brain wants to prove your thoughts true. As soon as you decide to believe in your new thought, you will start seeing evidence that it is true. I promise.
In the next blog, I am going to talk about what to do with your new thought. For now, just be with it. Right down what bubbles up for you when you think it.
Write it all down, don’t try to do this in your head, it won’t work.
Now, go be a goal setting, goal getting, goal digger!