The Power of Belief
Do you ever think about your thoughts? Hopefully, after reading this article, you'll become keenly aware of your thoughts and the impact they have on your life. As I was preparing this article I began to get excited, inspired, and sometimes overwhelmed. I felt like a great search light was sweeping through my innermost being, exposing how my life has been, how it is currently, and how I want it to be. My thoughts are the key factor in all of it!
Beliefs are basically a thought, or thoughts that have been grouped together, and there is perhaps no greater driving force in human behavior. An example of the power of belief that I have often heard, and one that helps illustrate this power, is the story of the four-minute mile. For many years people believed that it was impossible for a human being to run a mile in less than four minutes. An Englishman by the name of Roger Banister proved that belief wrong in 1954 when he ran the mile in 3:59.4, setting a new world record. That record did not stand long as dozens of other athletes began accomplishing the same feat and today the four-minute mile is routinely broken. See the power of belief at work here? For many years it was believed to be impossible. Roger Banister believed it was possible and proved it, after which others soon followed because once they had seen it could be done, they believed they could do it also. This example also shows how much influence one person can have on the rest of the world!
"You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that
you can't have it"
-Dr Robert Anthony
Each and every day your beliefs are creating your life. Moment by moment, every minute of every hour, every hour of every day and every day of every week you are literally creating your life, right down to the smallest detail. Recently, I was reading an article about Quantum Physics and it blew me away! It was a very in-depth article and much too long to go into here, but it discussed how some scientists were studying subatomic energy waves and these waves responded to, transmuted and appeared as particles (solid objects) based on the individual thoughts of the scientist who was studying it! The energy that was being studied began taking on form almost immediately based on the thoughts of the scientist who was observing it! I think it is incredible to realize that the energy produced by our thoughts have a direct effect on the world around us! See what I mean about the power of our thoughts?
Your life, A Reflection of Your Beliefs
The life you live will be determined by your beliefs. Anything you wish to accomplish you can, so long as you believe
you can. This is the foundation of all the successes you have ever, or will ever experience. Nothing can stand in your way if you possess the belief that you will succeed.
truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say
to this mountain; 'Move from here to there' and it shall move; nothing
will be impossible to you"
– The Bible. Matthew 17:20
In another article, I read about Dr Bernie Siegel and his study of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). He discovered that not only were there psychological aspects to MPD but that actual physiological changes took place as well. There were patients whose eye color would change from brown to blue. Marks on their bodies would disappear and reappear. Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure would come and go depending on the patients' belief as to the personality they were manifesting! Thus is the power of BELIEF!
It is important to note that beliefs aren't so much a matter of "right" and "wrong" as they are a matter of empowering or disempowering. Sometimes, all it takes to change your life in a significant way, is to adopt empowering beliefs. One example of an empowering belief is the belief that ones life is the result (or manifestation) of what one thinks, more so than what one does. Empower your thoughts and the "to do's" pretty much take care of themselves.
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve"
– Napoleon Hill
Remember, belief will always yield a result. Whether you have the belief of "I can" or "I cannot" the result will manifest. You will always get the result that you believe you will get! You are a mind with a body. Direct your thoughts, control your emotions and you will create the destiny you desire. The subconscious mind will take these thoughts and will set about manifesting them into reality. It will do this with either approach; belief or unbelief, it does not matter. So take care with the thoughts that dominate your mind and form your beliefs.
What beliefs do you hold about your life? How are these beliefs shaping your life right now? What do you want your life to be like? Who do you wish to influence? Whatever your desire, remember that you are what you think yourself to be. If you believe you can, you will.