For several weeks now, I have been asking the question: are there tried and true, timeless, unchanging principles that, if you understand and apply, success must follow? My answer is: yes! The first principle is: there is no such thing as a neutral thought. You are an infinitely creative being and what you have been given to create with is your mind. Every thought you have gets planted in the fertile soil of creativity and produces a result.
The second principle is: your emotions are the fuel that waters the soil. What I call happy, joyful, optimistic and abundant feelings are like putting fertilizer on the soil and what I call unhappy, angry, fearful and scarcity-based feelings are like putting acid on the soil.
If life is that simple, and I assure you it is, what can you do, starting today, to play the games of life and business to win?:
Given the first principle, I said last week that it is critically important that you watch what comes out of your mouth! This week I want to add to that statement that it is also critically important that you watch what you think about, whether it comes out of your mouth or not. This is the really hard part because we have so many limiting beliefs that we’re not even aware of and we really need to flush them all out.
We grew up in a world where we constantly were told what we couldn’t do. Don’t do this, you can’t do that, that’s impossible, nobody does that, are some of the things we grew up hearing. Whether we realize it or not, all of those limiting thoughts are still there and stopping us from having really positive and empowering thoughts. There is no where that this is more prevalent than in the area of money. I literally have a list of 66 thoughts about money that people actually believe are true when they are not.
Here’s just a few: no pain no gain; money is limited; it doesn’t grow on trees; you have to work hard; it takes money to make money; you’re too old, young, or a woman; you can only do what the economy lets you do; the pie is only so big; too much competition; getting rich takes a lot of work and struggle; and money isn’t really that important, or could cause you a lot of problems, or it will never make you happy. Have you heard any of them? Most of them? All of them?
The problem is that there are so many beliefs like that and we are mostly unaware of them. Which is why, in our work with our clients, we take them through the entire list of 66 to see which ones are active in their thoughts. You have no idea how one or just a few limiting beliefs can stop you from having the success you desire. Remember: there is no such thing as a neutral thought. All thoughts create on some level.
I wish there was an easy way to get rid of all the negative, limiting, and disempowering beliefs you have. There isn’t. It takes a lot of work. I suspect that this is one of the reasons why coaching has become so popular. I have used and continue to use my coach to help me identify and eliminate my negative beliefs and we continue to provide this service to our clients. If we can help you with this, please give us a call. But you do have to find a way to flush out your limiting beliefs.