Limiting beliefs are one of the biggest hinderers of making progress towards our goals, and thus achieving sustained happiness in life.
Belief systems are of course useful if they are positive (e.g. “I am confident”) or they keep us safe (e.g. “cobras are harmful, don’t pick one up”), however the issue is that the majority of beliefs for many of us either have been passed on them via their social surroundings (parents, friends, school, work etc), no longer serve us, or simply were never true in the first place.
Let me ask you a question – what do you believe is the tallest mountain in the world? “Mount Everest” I hear you say, most likely thinking what a silly/easy question to answer. In actual fact, Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the tallest! Everest stands 29,035 feet above sea level. Mauna Kea only stands 13,796 feet above sea level, but the mountain extends about 19,700 feet below the Pacific Ocean. Over half of it is submerged. That puts the total height of Mauna Kea at about 33,500 feet - nearly a mile taller than Everest.
So if we can be wrong about something that you are so certain of, what other beliefs do we have that we take forward as being true, without actually questioning them?!
The main moral to this story is to always question things and “Know For Yourself”. By doing so, you will be much better informed and be able to make more empowered decisions that are not based on mis-information.
· Tell yourself “I can’t…”, “I won’t…”, “I shouldn’t…”, “I’m unable…” etc…
· Are fed information by others whether it be via the news, social media, your family, friends, mentors, teachers…
· Come across a situation that you feel you can’t overcome because of some “fact”…
…Question it! Probe it! Scrutinize it!
· Where this belief/information came from originally?
· Can you be 100% certain it’s true?
· How do you react, what happens when you believe this thought/information?
· Who would you be without this thought? What could you achieve?
· Find 3 reasons why the opposite of the belief is true.
Sometimes beliefs and pieces of information are true, many times they are not. By examining more closely and “knowing for yourself” you will always be acting and making decisions based upon the best information available, thus better preparing you for success, achievement and happiness.
Don’t be a sheep, and don’t be a slave to the media nor anyone else’s thoughts and beliefs…always “know for yourself”.