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The Sheer Power Of Beliefs

May 11, 2008
It does not matter whether our beliefs are true or not. The question you must ask is, "Are the beliefs you have useful in empowering you to take action?" Or, "Are your beliefs holding you back?"

So how do we form the beliefs we have today? Why do we have empowering beliefs? And why do we also have some limiting beliefs?

Beliefs always begin as an idea that come from someone else or ourselves.
What happens is as we begin to experience supporting evidences of that same idea; the idea slowly solidifies with all these new evidences and become beliefs.

Most of our beliefs come from modeling the significant people around us, like our parents, our teachers and our friends. We tend to take on similar beliefs to those people who are most influential in our lives.

If our parents believe that they can never be rich, you are likely to take on the same beliefs in yourself. If many of your friends believed that studying sucked and it was a waste of time, you would probably have that belief as well.

And that is when they become unquestionable commands to our brain and begin to determine how we live our life.

Some of these beliefs empower us, and some will also limit us at the same time.

Example of limiting beliefs are, I am bad at mathematics, I am a slow learner, I am too old, I am too young, I am not a good speaker, I am shy.

Many of our beliefs also come from our past experiences. But the beliefs we have are nothing but generalizations, and misinterpretations we make about our past experiences.

The problem is, after a while, we tend to forget that they are just generalizations and we begin to accept them as absolute truths.

A very know fact is that the growth of some cancers can be controlled by a person's immune system. If you can improve your immune system, you can cure that cancer.

The belief in a cure can actually activate a person's immune system, mobilizing his blood system with such efficiency that the toxic fluids and waste products that keep feeding on the cancer are removed.

Many similar cases have been reported on the area of spontaneous recovery in accidents because of a strong belief system from the patient.

In 1981, insurance boss, Morris Goodman, was a victim of a plane crash which he was piloting. His injuries were so severe, so extreme, so much so that his neck was broken in two places, his diaphragm was crushed and his nerves were damaged very badly. His wife was told by the doctor that he would be paralyzed from the neck down for life. She was also told that he was not able to breathe on his own without the use of a respirator.

However, Morris Goodman believed so much in the belief that whatever he set his mind to, he could achieve.

Within a period of six months, he walked out of the hospital without any medical aid, without any mechanical aid. His doctors were shocked, and Morris Goodman was later named, "The Miracle Man."

This example clearly illustrates the power of beliefs.

So, let me ask you this question, if our beliefs have such a great impact on the quality of our lives and even our own physical health, this will lead us to the important question, "Are the beliefs we have true?" "Are they true?" The answer is, Yes! They are true, but guess what? Only to you.

This is because whatever you believe becomes your reality. However, you must understand that beliefs are not fact. They are never always true. They are never true for everyone else.

So choose your beliefs wisely. It will determine what we will or not achieve in life.
About the Author
Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and a self-made millionaire by the age of 26. Discover his million dollar secrets and claim your FREE bonus report 'Ultimate Success Formula' at Patterns Of Excellence.
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