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Challenging Your Own Beliefs – Your Responsibility

It is an uphill battle

Challenging Your Own Beliefs – Your Responsibility

A man is what he thinks about all day

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Each day, we go about out day in the same general way.  We give little thought to what goes into our brains.  Our thoughts are what program our subconscious mind.  Our subconscious mind is the center of all our emotions.  When our subconscious accepts an idea, it immediately begins to execute it.  And then our subconscious uses our ideas, knowledge, energy and wisdom to find a solution.  Sometimes, that can occur in an instant, sometimes, it may take days, weeks, or even months to find a solution.  Your mind will continue to work on finding a solution.

What we think programs our mind.  Our subconscious mind will always accept what we program it to think.  Bottom line is that we are what we think about and we have the power to choose what we think.

Ask yourself these questions:  What is my dominate thought?  What specific thoughts should I deliberately place in my mind?  What thoughts are sabotaging my success?  How can I encourage actions to happen from my thoughts?  How can my rational, conscious thought come together with my emotions to complement and strengthen one another?

Closely related to directing our thoughts is our belief system.  Just as airplanes have guidance systems to direct them; we have systems guiding and shaping what we think, believe and do.

What many of us don’t realize is that we are tuned into multiple control systems at the same time.  For instance, many of your beliefs have come from your parents, spouse, and close friends, and the rules of the community, society, and even religion.  Many of these influences may conflict with one another, so we have to prioritize who or what dictates our belief system.  Without synchronizing these influences, we wander through life, always missing the target.

Here are examples of some general conflicts of interest:

The pursuit of wealth         Money is the root of all evil

Job Security                          Entrepreneurial Freedom

Spontaneous                          Planned

You only live once               Plan for the future

Spiritual                                 Grounded

Can you identify conflicts of interest in your life?  After you identify which beliefs contribute to your life, your next step is to determine which beliefs are personal truths for you and which ones may be left over, unresolved beliefs of others.

In order to truly change, grow and prosper, we need to be consciously aware of the rules we’ve made for ourselves, where they have come from, and what they’re based on.  Do they all serve your purpose? Are they sabotaging you and what you want for your life?  It is time to throw out what isn’t working for you and take ownership of YOUR beliefs.

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