Trans4mind Home Page
~ A Journey of Self-Discovery ~

Beliefs - The Hidden Force that Creates Your Reality

By Roger Ellerton

Beliefs are views, guiding principles, judgments and decisions about ourselves, people close to us, our community and how the world functions. Your beliefs filter what you see, hear and feel in the world around you and as a result determine the meaning you associate with an event. Beliefs act as self-fulfilling prophecies. Your beliefs, whether they are limiting or empowering, determine your actions, which in turn verify your beliefs to be true. Over time, as you generate more evidence, your beliefs become increasingly entrenched and more real.

Beliefs operate at the deep structure level and influence the surface structure of our thoughts and behaviors. While we are aware of many of our beliefs, in general, our most influential beliefs operate outside of our conscious awareness. There are some beliefs that we view as absolute truths and never question - that is just the way the world is! A change in our beliefs can have a major impact on how we live our lives and the behaviors we manifest.

Once we believe in something, we tend to ignore counter-examples and accept only those events that reinforce that belief.

If you believe you can or believe you can't, you're right." --Henry Ford

Beliefs can have a significant effect on your life, particularly your health. In their book NLP and Health, (Thorsons, 1996), Ian McDermott and Joseph O Connor illustrate this very well with numerous references to medical cases. For example, in a typical clinical situation, about thirty-five percent of all cases receive as much pain relief from a placebo as from morphine - simply because the recipients believe it will work.

Do your beliefs limit you?
At one time, most people believed the world was flat, and there may still be some today who believe this. To verify this belief, just look at the ground below you - it's flat. In the distance you may see a few hills and valleys, but these are just ripples on an otherwise flat surface. All of the land is bounded by water and it is well known that if you sail far enough, you will fall off the edge of the world. This is certainly verified by those sailors who set sail and never return. For those who do return, they just didn't sail far enough.

In its time, this flat-world belief was very useful in explaining and predicting phenomena in a very localized area and most importantly, it kept people comfortable and safe. However, by encouraging people not to venture too far, it was also very limiting. In the preceding paragraph, notice how the belief can be used to explain certain occurrences and in so doing prove its own validity.

For society to advance, it was necessary for brave souls such as Christopher Columbus to challenge this belief and put his life, as he knew it, at risk. Thanks to Columbus, we were able to let go of the limiting belief of a flat world and explore other possibilities that eventually led us to entertain new and more expansive scientific theories (beliefs) of planets and galaxies, which future generations may view as equally limiting as the flat-world belief.

Do you have flat-world beliefs that keep you comfortable and safe and that prevent you from exploring your true potential? Do you choose to acknowledge only those events that are predicted by your limiting beliefs and then use these observations as proof that your limiting beliefs are indeed true? Is it time to step out of your comfort zone and set sail into the unknown? To push the boundaries of what you think you know and discover new lands and opportunities - a new reality?

Where do our beliefs come from?
Most of our beliefs originate from the time we were children. They are not based on fact, but on our perception of events at the time they were formed. We modeled people who played a significant role in our lives - parents, teachers, religious leaders, older siblings. We made generalizations based on single traumatic experiences or through trial and error, accepting those beliefs that brought us pleasure, avoided pain or provided safety. We accepted what we were told about ourselves "you are stupid and incompetent" or "you can achieve whatever you choose."

Many of our limiting beliefs are based on misinterpretations of past events. As children we did not have all of the resources we have today or an awareness of all the facts. Instead, we took things personally and accepted responsibility for our parent's actions and often vowed, "Never do that again!"

To illustrate how easy it is to establish a core belief, consider how elephants are trained. You often see elephants restrained by only a light rope and stake. Why is it that these massive animals don't just walk away, since they could easily break the rope or pull out the stake? Simply, they have been conditioned to accept that they cannot. If they had the ability to reason, we would simply say they believe they cannot!

When elephants are young, they are tied up with a very heavy rope and stake that they are unable to budge or break. After many futile attempts, they accept that no matter what they do, they cannot break free. Although not real, this limitation restricts their mobility, even in the face of danger.

Just as the elephants have done, what boundaries did you accept when you were a child that now limit how you live your life - and therefore your dreams and aspirations?

Changing beliefs
The first step to changing a belief is to become consciously aware of the belief and its impact on your life. Beliefs can be changed in a number of ways:

  • We change or modify beliefs all the time as we receive and assess new information. At one time, you may have believed in Santa Claus - a very powerful belief that had a major impact on your behaviors around Christmas time. People may even have taken advantage of your belief to encourage you to behave in certain ways or "Santa won't come."

    Assuming you are not still holding steadfastly to this belief, how did you change it? I would imagine that you gathered information from your friends and parents and gradually questioned the belief until you realized that you could let it go and still get the positive benefits (gifts) and avoid the negative ones - the teasing of your friends.

  • Live Your Dreams You can also install a new belief by simply choosing it, consciously following it, and noticing its positive effects until it becomes a way of life. At first, you may find it difficult to achieve the results you want. However, if you stick with it, you will find that it becomes easier and your performance improves.

  • NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) techniques are also very effective in changing beliefs. Much more about this on my site and the book...

About the author: Roger Ellerton is a certified NLP trainer, certified management consultant and the founder and managing partner of Renewal Technologies Inc. This article is an extract from his book 'Live Your Dreams - Let Reality Catch Up: NLP and Common Sense for Coaches, Managers and You'.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

Good info on many topics:

Want to renew your life?

Our online, interactive video workshops present the most effective methods of holistic personal development...
Start off with a Free Life Assessment and a Free Consultation...

Have a question about Trans4mind Training?

Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Our Fees?
Email Peter Shepherd

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Get a free Hypnosis Download at Facebook

Hypnosis is the key to unlocking your creativity, focusing your energy and understanding yourself

Hypnosis has a long history of helping human beings be the very best they can be. It can be used to control anything controlled by the unconscious mind - pain, blood pressure, fear, confidence levels, mood, sex drive... the list goes on:

  1. You'll become highly productive without getting stressed
  2. Tap into your creative energies instantly
  3. Really understand yourself and others
  4. You'll learn how to stay calm in high pressure or uncomfortable situations
  5. Develop laser-like levels of focus and concentration

Lean more... Uncommon Hypnosis Course

Welcome to the New Wave in Meditation Technology

Click here to learn more about the iAwake Profound Meditation Program
The iAwake Profound Meditation Program
is a way of enhancing your meditation practice, making meditation not only easier and more enjoyable, but also more efficient and effective.
Profound Meditation provides the smoothest, deepest, richest, most profound meditation experience available anywhere...
Here is a link to a free 20-minute track from iAwake Technologies - a sample of the type of tools that will deepen your meditation immediately and help you quickly become a successful meditator. It's the opening track of iAwake's flagship product, the Profound Meditation Program, called the iAwake Experience...
Learn More and Download the iAwake Experience
We think you'll find this technology a tremendous aid on your transformative journey of becoming your best and most creative self - and you can get started today!
And here's a fantastic resource for self-education...

The World of Inspiration eLibrary

World of Inspiration
A treasure trove of personal development wisdom

Step inside. Just like a real library, there are thousands of quality eBooks presented on three "floors" and in different "rooms." To purchase your $15 Lifetime Membership to the World of Inspiration eLibrary, click the following button:

Payment is made through our secure transaction agent, PayPal.
The transaction is in the language and currency of your choice.
"I want to just say 'WOW!' This collection is probably the best money I ever spent! I've already received many times over in personal enrichment after just 9 days. I've had a past metaphysical background, but even newcomers to this material will really benefit. Thanks again." ~ J.S. (Pennsylvania, USA)
"The collection is everything which you promised. And more! A superb contribution to the good of the world. Many thanks indeed." ~ R.P. (Georgia, USA)
"Just a short note of thanks for the library. I've only had membership for several days now but I already feel this is perhaps the most interesting compilation I have yet seen. Worth far more than the price of admission. The browser linked structure works well and makes it easy to manage such a large storehouse of information. It is rarely that I find something I like as much as this or that I feel strongly enough to write a note like this." ~ P.W. (Minnesota, USA)
Copyright © 1997-2017 Trans4mind Ltd