Several of your present beliefs were established at a time when you didn’t have the resources to resist their influence.
Perhaps it’s time to reflect on how well some of them are serving you today.
Let’s say you can identify a number of limiting beliefs you have.
If you write them down – this incidentally loosens their grip, you would be able to consciously read a few of them out loud in a minute.
But these thoughts unconsciously loop through your mind countless times a day, not just a few times.
They become unconsciously automatic.
They are soon entrenched to form your unconscious programming.
Beliefs and your set of rules are now established.
This is the challenge of change and change essentially begins with an assessment of the rules you have about yourself – your beliefs.
Why is it such a struggle to change a belief?
The 2nd law of Thermodynamics states that things, if left to themselves, tend towards increased entropy.
This leads to the disorganization of a system.
The second law asserts that all of nature is on a one-way ticket to disorder and decay.
However, the notion of entropy is slippery.
It is next to impossible, to pin it down as a measure of disorder in a person.
Everywhere in nature we see patterns.
Some are orderly, some disorderly.
Nature reveals numerous instances of disorganisation and decay, but there is always growth.
Nature through the seasons reflects this.
A living cell itself is a self-organising system.
This perhaps explains why interventions such as tapping can be highly effective.
Epigenetic medicine is becoming more popular.
In spite of conflicting tendencies, people are more than capable of spontaneous self-organisation and growth.
Our thoughts, emotions, behavior, interactions with others, creativity, ideas, inventiveness, and so on, are almost never “left to themselves.
Everything affects everything else.
This is the nature of a human being.
Empowering beliefs and limiting beliefs are bound together.
In so many of us, they are inseparable.
So, if your beliefs become your rules, why not reassess their value?
It’s your rule book, it belongs to you, only you can control it.
Go ahead and consider one of your limiting beliefs.
Check its true validity right now in your life.
Ask whether you want to retain the belief.
If you decide it has outlived its usefulness you are primed for change.
In the previous part I mentioned you can use a reframe to challenge a limiting belief.
A more powerful way of using reframes is to be creative and combine the statements with a simple linking mechanism.
Play around with your own statements and come up with a challenge that combines several reframes.
I’ll bring up the first five statements again and come up with something.
You can go ahead and play with similar ideas.
“How tough can it be to alter just one belief, given you don’t even have to learn a new belief, you only need to be open to the possibility it can be done, and if you refuse to give it a go, you will never know how adaptable you can be, so why not give yourself permission to discover a skill you may be unaware you have, in the same way you have probably done so at times in the past?”
“Why not give it a go, then you will know whether it’s true, since altering just one belief will be more than possible for you, which means you will be able to discover a useful ability, and realize just how adaptable you can be.”
After using three or more reframes the conscious mind begins to get overloaded and people give up trying to process the information.
In this state a person is more likely to accept what is being said.