'The creative imagination is so powerful that it makes you believe, or disbelieve, anything you confirm to be 'true' in your mind.'

We are all governed by our beliefs; the ones we have about ourselves and the world around us, and they are useful. You can be sure that if you put your hand in a fire you'll get burned or if you fall off a two hundred foot cliff it's unlikely you'll survive. But if you're told you can't get that new job or promotion, that you can't win that tournament or trophy, then that's more opinion than fact.

Changing beliefs about yourself or your situation involves challenging them. You have to decide whether or not they are fact or opinion and there's a huge difference. Similarly, there's a huge difference between optimism and delusion, so by basing your beliefs on facts rather than opinion, you create the foundation neccesary to build the reality you want.

If you're told that the sun will rise tomorrow you can be pretty sure that's a fact. But if you're told, or if you tell yourself things like 'I'll never hit my target,''I can't lose weight,' or 'I just don't have the confidence,' then challenging these opinions can induce powerful change.

'Human beings always act and feel and perform in accordance with what they imagine to be true about themselves and their environment.' - Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Our beliefs help create our self-image, the image we have of the world around us and our place in it. They are born through years of programming we get from our parents, teachers, friends, the media and any other bits of information we've picked up along the way.

Although some beliefs are important, not all of them are. In fact, the reason that we can feel stuck is because we have limiting beliefs that tell us we can't do the thing we really want to do.

Feeling 'stuck' can cause all manner of negative feelings like frustration, depression, anger and stress. So it's important to recognise what's going on, find out how to correct course and set some new goals that inspire you to move forward.

 

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