Our beliefs are not truths. They are simply thoughts we have thought over and over again until we have forgotten there are other ways of viewing ourselves and the world. Here are 12 powerful beliefs to help you succeed in life.
12 Powerful Beliefs To Help You Succeed In Life
1. I am enough.
Many people mistakenly believe that they have to earn or prove their worth by achieving a certain number of external goals, like having an impressive career, large house and acceptable body shape.
The truth is you were born inherently worthy and enough. You will never truly be happy or successful if you go after goals because you feel incomplete. Step one of a successful life is loving yourself and feeling whole and complete just as you are.
2. Everything is my teacher.
The world is a reflection of you. Everything in front of you is a sacred messenger teaching you what is going on inside of you. Life is constantly bringing you the people and events you need to grow and transform into the magnificent person you were born to be. If you become too busy complaining about or resisting what is happening, you will miss the message and opportunity for growth. As you learn each lesson, your whole life will begin to change.
3. I can do this.
Norman Vincent Peale once said: “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things”.
The difference between people who are successfully creating their dreams and those who are not does not come down to talent or skill alone; it comes down to self-belief. The moment you are willing to swap your story of “I can’t” for “I can” you will discover an abundance of inner powers, ideas, inspiration, energy, strength and courage that you didn’t know you had.
4. My vulnerability is my strength.
We spend so much time and energy trying to hide our flaws and fears from other people. The truth is when you embrace and accept all that you are and show your true self to the world, the world no longer has power over you because you have nothing to hide. You also become powerful and magnetic because vulnerability touches and moves people far more than keeping a brave face or putting on a social mask to impress others.
5. Every moment is equally important.
Most of us put our happiness on hold until Friday; until the weekend; until the holidays; until we win the lottery. The truth is happiness is not found in external possessions or events; happiness is found within us, and we can bring this happiness to every moment of our lives.
How? Begin by bringing the same sense of presence, gratitude and awe you have on weekends or holidays to everyday events, like washing the dishes, eating your lunch, walking through the park or listening to a friend. Wow, life. It truly is amazing when you stop to notice.
6. I am responsible for my life.
Where are you playing the victim instead of taking responsibility for your life? Too often we blame our unfulfilled goals and dreams on external factors, when if we were radically honest with ourselves we would admit that we have not done everything within our power to make our dreams a reality. Begin by taking responsibility for your mindset and attitude which will have a flow on effect to your actions and choices.
7. I am willing to be bad to be good.
People who are succeeding in life have one strange and essential trait; a willingness to fail. Many of us postpone taking action on our goals and dreams because we’re afraid our performance might be underwhelming. This is probably true! But you have to be bad to be good. The more you write terrible poems the more you will begin to write beautiful ones. The more you bring your business ideas to life the more you will learn what works and doesn’t. The more you go on dates the more you will increase your confidence and relationship skills. The more you show up to life and give it your all, the more you will gain out of life.
8. There is no right way to live my life.
Many people are terrified of change because they don’t know the right way to do things. They don’t know the right way to take action on their dreams. They don’t know the right way to choose a career. They don’t know the right way to travel the world. They don’t know the right way to live. There is no such thing as right or wrong — instead, there are infinite possibilities for how you approach your life and your dreams. None of them are “wrong” but some of them will be more effective or less effective than others. The sooner you take action the sooner you will discover what works for you.
9. My opinion is the one that matters most.
Rita Mae Brown once said: “The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.”
You will never get everyone in your life agreeing with and supporting your choices and actions — let alone the entire world. Given that the person you spend the most time with in your life is you, your opinion should matter to you the most. You are the one who has to live with your choices more than anyone else. You need to be able to love yourself and your life.
10. I colour in the meaning of events.
Events are neutral — we colour in the meaning. People who are living happy and successful lives empower themselves by choosing perspectives on life that empower them. For example, you can see your past mistakes in life as things to be ashamed of, or you can see them as important lessons. You can see your failures as embarrassing missteps, or you can see them as steps on the road to success. You can see your weaknesses as personality flaws, or you can see them as opportunities for growth.
11. I can learn as I go along.
If you wait until you feel ready to go after what you most want in life, you are likely to be waiting forever. Have you ever heard of imposter syndrome? It turns out that many successful people still feel inadequate or unqualified for their role in life, despite all the evidence to the contrary. One of the secrets to moving forward in life is to start before you feel ready; to take the leap and learn as you go along. After all, necessity is the mother of all invention.
12. By giving myself permission to shine I light up the world.
Many of us are scared to love and believe in ourselves, express our true feelings, and go after our goals and dreams, because we are trying not to stand out. We are trying to fit in with the ruling paradigm which says life is hard, dreams are naive and self-love is somehow selfish or arrogant. The truth is the world needs your light more than ever, because when you shine, you give other people inspiration and permission to do the same. As Gandi famously said: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.
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