Thursday, September 3, 2009

Belief Blocks: Part 2

So how do you get over belief blocks? The first step is to become aware of them. The second step is to find out what they save you from. Is it the risk of failure? The pain of hard work or discipline? The fear of discomfort or humiliation? Be honest with yourself.

Here are a few ideas on then how to take action. If you have any more, please let me know!

1. Act as if. This technique, borrowed from solution focused therapy is a way of challenging one's intuition and understanding of reality by doing something different. So if you don't think something is possible, act as if it is. If you don't believe that you can find a mate, act as if you could. Or if you are afraid of socializing, act as if you aren't. By acting as if your beliefs aren't true, you can retrain your mind as you begin to do things that you couldn't imagine.

2. Hang out with people who don't have your particular belief blocks. If you want to be wealthy, hang out with people who are. They have already broken their belief blocks! If you want to be a person of faith, hang out with those who live theirs out. If you want to be in shape, hang out with those who weren't in shape but now are. When our doubt and disbelief afflict us, sometimes the only thing needed is to be with someone who has the opposite.

3. Continuously look for and marvel at the things that seem impossible. For instance a little while ago I blogged about a man who survived falling out of a plane (his chute didn't open) and survived the impact by hitting the roof of a building - amazing! Feats of incredibleness open up our minds to expect the unexpected. We become a little less inclined to view things as impossible . . . because maybe they aren't. I take encouragement from stories of spontaneous healings and it reminds me that nothing is impossible.

I like it when someone challenges me to do something that seems impossible. What does it hurt to try? Failure is not the worst thing in the world - not trying is. Attack your belief blocks like you are trying to save your own life. And perhaps you will be . . .

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