Wrong beliefs affect your health, mind, achievement, progress and success. A belief anchors your understanding of the world around you; it is the state of mind in which you think something to be the case. It’s an assumption and conviction that you hold to be true regarding concepts, events, people, and things. Beliefs can be empowering, inspire action, turn a desperate situation around, catapult you to the pinnacle of success, and cause you to achieve massive success. A lot of people are struggling in life because they have allowed themselves to be manipulated by a wrong belief system. A lot of the excuses and challenges I heard from participants in my seminars are as a result of crippling belief systems. People attend courses, get inspired, are exposed to what they need to change, develop strategies and goals to change the situation, but they don’t do it. Why? The answer lies in a new word I found called PRAXIS. Praxis is the integrating of belief with behavior, meaning that if your beliefs are sound and you integrate this belief into your behavior and take massive action, you create what you want.
You will never do more than the beliefs you hold. Beliefs influence action or inaction. I have met countless people who believed that something can be done when the rest of the world said it cannot be done. I have also come across people who the doctors said will never be able to walk again and yet they did. I have consulted with businesses where the shareholders felt the business had no chance of surviving but it did with a few people who believed they could fix the problem. Who are you listening to? What books are you reading? What are you watching on a daily basis? What are you telling yourself? Who is influencing your mind? Beliefs are powerful and your beliefs will create the fact!
I have a relative who I will call John for the purpose of this story. This young man is an A-student, very brilliant in his academic work, and was given bursaries for his brilliance in school. He was doing great until he started spending so much time on the internet. To his parents, John was researching academic stuff on the internet to enhance or progress his academic life. The parents started seeing a shift in behavior after a while; John wanted to be alone rather than socialize with friends and family members. The parents were concerned about the changes so they probed to see what might be happening. To their surprise, John was not searching for resources on the internet to enhance his academics but rather got hooked to a religious group that had greatly influenced and manipulated his belief system to the point that he now felt that going to school was a waste of time; that the world would soon end and money would lose its value, and banks would collapse. With this belief, John went and borrowed lots of money from the banks, got into significant debt, and is not able to pay it back up to this present day. He still believed that the world would be ending soon and all his woes would be over. At the time of writing this chapter, John stays at home watching YouTube and waiting for things to change, not knowing that when he changes his erroneous beliefs he will change his results and current conditions. What happened to this brilliant boy? His new beliefs are creating the fact and reality he is living with. We all need to discard our wrong beliefs. Jim Rohn said “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.”
Are your beliefs enabling you to move in the direction of your dreams or are they creating conflict in your mind? Are your beliefs empowering you to be more, do more and leave a legacy of hope, inspiration, massive action, and massive results, or are your beliefs causing you to do the basic minimum? Get rid of wrong beliefs and you’ll achieve massive success. See you at the pinnacle of success!