Your Personal Beliefs

Years ago I succumbed to peer pressure and went to the theater to see The Help . I have to agree with my friends, this was a movie to not miss, especially for someone like me who grew up in the south during the 60’s.  Sadly, there were parts that were oh, so familiar.   But then again, I saw such power in these women who would not give up their own humanity.   The courage shown by the characters of Aibileen, Minny and others which allowed them to break away from old limiting beliefs to tell their stories is admirable.

But one small part of the movie in particular touched me:  Aibileen teaching the child in her care to respect and love herself.

” You is smart, you is kind, you is important”

Watch the clip below:

What a wonderful gift Aibileen gave to this child! It will serve her well throughout her adult life.

Every one of us has our own set of subconscious beliefs which begin forming at our birth. Most researchers agree that by age six, a person’s belief system is fairly well formed. By age six, youngsters have a pretty solid idea of what they believe to be right and wrong, fair and unfair, good and bad. Frequently these beliefs are holding us back from meeting our goals, whether they be health, weight loss or business goals.

Is there anything in your life that you’ve always wanted to change but haven’t?

Is there one bad habit you want to kick or major goal you want to achieve?

When challenged by life, what comes out? Typically we act upon our core beliefs. And although we “know” what we should do to make a change, we usually fall back on the familiar, kicking ourselves in the process.

Fortunately, human beings can make changes to belief systems, but it’s not a simple matter of identifying the unwanted belief and believing something different. The new, alternative belief literally needs to be built in the same fashion as the old one – one thought at a time. As new thoughts are registered and embedded in memory, the fledgling alternative belief begins to grow and take root. Given enough time, patience and persistence, eventually the new belief garners enough size and momentum to rival the old.  We can accelerate the process by consciously thinking the new thought repeatedly.

One way to do this is by listing 10 or 20 statements or images of goals, attitudes, or even material desires. Write them down! I use individual index cards for each one, and sort them into categories. (Can you tell that I am very analytical?) I then memorize the statements, often imagining a visual picture in my head. Then as I go about my daily tasks, I repeatedly visualize these images. Over the years I have changed many of my own limiting beliefs, allowing me to reach way out of my own comfort zone and start living towards my potential with passion and purpose.

Live Well,


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