A Final Word

The power of belief is in action within you continuously and is constantly being manifested as quickly as you can think. If you find your current results displeasing today, you only need to put the power of positive belief to work for you and change those beliefs from your past which made today your reality, to empowering achievement-oriented beliefs and you will be well on your way to success.

When your beliefs are positive it is important to take a stand for what you believe in. It is important, also, to be proactive about what sparks your vision, fuels your choices and instils your ‘can do’ spirit with a sense of purpose, meaning and focus. When you control and use your belief system, not only for your own success but also for the support and uplifting of those around you, you will find yourself well rewarded.

Beliefs That Have Changed The World

The power of belief is the most impressive part of man and the most highly developed; the source of greatest energy. Man is unique because of his ability to believe and often, those beliefs have changed the course of humanity.

All the people who follow challenged the existing beliefs and accepted standards of their day and many made enemies among the influential people of their time. The strengths of their beliefs and ideals, however, gave these men sufficient fortitude to endure and overcome their many hardships and difficulties.

Socrates (Greek Philosopher, lived 469-399BC)
He questioned conventional assumptions about morality, justice and other social concepts and he faced a death sentence with equanimity because of his unshakable belief in his own philosophy of life. His philosophies were taught around the world for the next 2,000 years.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Galileo was born into a poor but noble family in Italy and at university was fascinated by a wide range of subjects. He became a mathematics professor in Pisa but his beliefs against and strident criticisms of Aristotle’s teachings left him isolated by his contemporaries. During the next 18 years he pursued his interests in astronomy and mechanics and made important discoveries about gravity, inertia and the laws of motion. It was in astronomy, however, that Galileo became famous. He came to the same belief as Copernicus that the sun was the centre of the universe and not the earth. Such beliefs brought about the opposition of the church leaders of the day and his teachings were forbidden. In 1623 a new pope allowed him to publish his works on astronomy; however, after publication Galileo was arrested and imprisoned for several months. He was convicted of heresy and made to recant his beliefs. He spent the remaining years of his life under house arrest but despite censure of his works by the church, he continued to believe in himself and make discoveries until his death in 1642.

Christopher Columbus
Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, and as a young man went to sea. He became an experienced sailor and moved to Lisbon in Portugal to try and gain support for a radical new journey he was planning. He visited the courts of the kings and queens of Europe asking for help and money. Finally, after many refusals, Ferdinand and Isabella, the King and Queen of Spain, agreed to fund his voyage into unknown territory. At that time the Europeans wanted to find sea routes to the East and Columbus believed he could find a route to the Far East by sailing west. He spent ten years trying to get people to agree that it could be done.

He believed the world to be round, although he thought it was much smaller than it was, and he firmly held on to that belief despite opposition and the many rejections he received over the years. Finally he was able to sail west and he found what is now known as the West Indies; although he always remained convinced he had come to an area of the Far East. Columbus made four journeys across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. His belief had fuelled his determination until it became a reality and in doing so he opened up new lands for exploration.

Albert Einstein
Born in 1879 in Germany, Albert Einstein was to become the most celebrated scientist of the twentieth century and his theories were to lay the framework for new branches of physics. He taught himself maths but did not do well at school because he had no interest in other subjects. On leaving school he became a maths teacher to support him in his studies of maths and physics. Einstein’s belief that light doesn’t just travel as waves but as electric currents (his Quantum Theory) was not immediately accepted, neither was his special Theory of Relativity. Like all new theories, it took time for others to come around to agree with his beliefs. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

Martin Luther King
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1929, Martin Luther King was one of America’s most influential civil rights activists because he believed that all people were born equal. His passionate, but non-violent protests helped to raise awareness of racial inequalities in America, leading to significant political change. He captured the imagination and hearts of people, both black and white. A turning point in his life was the Montgomery Bus Boycott which he helped to promote. His boycott also became a turning point in the civil rights struggle – attracting national press for his cause. The boycott, caused by a black lady refusing to give up her seat on a bus although it was in a white only area, was won after lasting for several months, when it was finally brought to the Supreme Court who declared the segregation as unconstitutional. Martin Luther King offered a vision of hope to an oppressed people although he remained committed to the ideals of non-violent struggle. In 1963 Martin Luther King was named as Man of the Year by Time magazine and the following year was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work toward social justice. Unfortunately he made many enemies along the way and on 4 April, 1968 he was assassinated. He remains symbolic of America’s fight for justice and racial equality.

All these people, and the many more who have not been mentioned, had a powerful and positive belief in themselves and the world around them and refused to be intimidated by those who refused to expand their minds to something new.

Self-Promotion in Business

How many people feel comfortable promoting themselves and their business? From surveys carried out around the world there are very few. A large percentage of business people had a very limited belief system about selfpromotion; they were not comfortable about promoting themselves and avoided it most of the time.

Self-promotion should not be about egotism. Strangely, perhaps, it is about serving others and giving help and support when needed. It is about being sincere, reliable and trustworthy in all your dealings. When you effectively promote yourself and your business and show a passion for what you are doing, more prospects will want to do business with you.

If you are beginning to see that the beliefs you hold are limiting your journey to success, the good news is that you can change those beliefs and move away from a negative lifestyle. Instead, believe what is true, based on your own positive experiences and what you believe to be true will become your reality.

The Five Pillars of Belief

Success in business comes as a direct result of confidence and confidence is built on the pillars of your beliefs. Thus a positive belief in yourself comes from:

FIRST PILLAR – Skills and Knowledge
An in-depth knowledge of your ‘tools of trade’ is vital. You must learn all you can from available resources and always remain teachable.

SECOND PILLAR – A Positive Mental Attitude
Be confident in your own ability to believe that you can succeed at what you are doing. Look for opportunities everywhere and act upon them quickly. Decide you are going to be the best in your field and get excited about it. Raising the bar activates your mind and allows you to unlock the resources of your greater potential.

THIRD PILLAR – Past Success
Remember your past successes and build on them. Look at your past failures but only for the purpose of finding out where you went wrong and learning from your mistakes. Focus on the positives and start building and reinforcing your beliefs in this area to produce confidence in your abilities.

FOURTH PILLAR – Your Environment
This can have a powerful effect on your beliefs. The influences you come into contact with every day will produce either positivity or negativity. Some of your contacts can even cause conflict between you and your goal so be aware of the influences you are picking up both inside and outside your work environment. Instead, remember you should always ‘increase by association’, so associate with people who are positive and already successful or at least working hard towards success in their own lives.

FIFTH PILLAR – Taking Action
Believe in your own capacity to take action to produce the results you want in your life. You can only act appropriately if your belief system is switched to positive.

How the Power of Belief can Work in your Favour

You cannot escape the power of belief but you can control it. Practice being aware of all your thought processes in various situations and use the power of belief to your advantage, don’t let it control you. Whatever you dream you can achieve if you strongly believe you can achieve it. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy; you get what you expect.

By believing that a desire you have will not come to pass or be fulfilled, whether consciously or unconsciously, what is created happens as a result of your disbelief and the outcome produced is more of what you did not want.

Conversely, if you were to have a firm and positively decisive desire and were to hold fast to your belief that your desire will become reality, it must manifest exactly as you ‘believe’ that it will. It Must! Any other outcome would go against the laws of creation. That is how important and powerful the power of belief really is. It is through and due to the power of belief that an outcome is, and always must be, created.
We have already established that the basis of our belief system was taught to us as children. It does not stop there; however, as throughout our lives we receive input from a huge number of sources such as friends, books, business associates, media influences, etc. In fact the sources of knowledge and information that form our current beliefs are virtually unlimited.

So how do you establish a new and powerful belief system? The only way is to change your thinking habits and to input new information. Unless you change what you know, you will continue to believe and act in a manner contrary to your best interests. You need to objectively look at your beliefs up to the present and find out which beliefs led to failures in the past. We learn from failure as well as success. Past failures should prompt you to change the conduct that led to it or your future will play out the same way as your past. Learn also from other people’s experiences; their failures and their successes. Both success and failure involve future consequences so it is wise to gain the knowledge you need to avoid problems that may arise.

You will find that success comes to you when you have been able to build an inner knowing that you can do anything you set your mind to. That process must always begin at the level of your consciousness which is why it is so important for those desiring a greater quality of life, to develop and begin consciously to utilise their mind power. Refuse to listen to the voice of negativity but determine to listen to the quiet voice of success which often has to struggle to be heard. You will learn to know the right voice to listen to because if it is not leading toward the achievement of your goal then you will know it is the voice to ignore. Discipline yourself, also, to change your attitude to one of positive and affirming commitment to success until that attitude is firmly settled into your subconscious mind. Continue to commit to change any aspect of your current belief system that has the capacity to come between you and your dreams.

Other ways of expanding your belief system for success are to be a good observer and a good listener. All events affect us and if we are sensitive to what is going on around us we can capitalise on opportunities that present themselves to those who are constantly alert. When new ideas come your way, be prepared to listen and weigh them up against your checks and balances to determine what you should do about them. Whatever level of action you deem to be correct will ultimately decide your beliefs. There is a saying, “You change your beliefs when you allow yourself the luxury of critical thinking.”

It is often a good idea, also, to learn from the successes of others by making a study of people who do well. The truly assured people have a belief in themselves, i.e. a faith in their ability, their worth and their talents.

All of these basic activities can lead to a feeling of achievement as you develop new and positive beliefs which lead to a life of happiness and success.

Choose to Change

As already mentioned, the foundation of your life is made up of what you believe about the world around you and your place in it. The great thing is that you get to choose. Beliefs are powerful because we can choose what we want to believe. Certainly, we have the beliefs we were taught as children; however, as adults we can consciously choose to hold on to those beliefs that are valid and change the rest. Choose your beliefs carefully, however, and base them on reality, not faulty perceptions from the past. Take care to choose beliefs that are non-limiting to allow you to work toward your potential. Just as the sum total of our past decisions has led us to where we are today, the decisions we make today will lead us to the rewards or the regrets of the future. If we want to make wise choices we must control our thoughts. Jim Rohn says, “What we think determines what we believe; what we believe influences what we choose; what we choose defines what we are; and what we are attracts what we have.”

Right now your brain is full of a number of beliefs and feelings about yourself, all of which influence your day-to-day outcomes. Become aware, therefore, what your current beliefs are and examine how they might be affecting the level of confidence being displayed in your outward actions. If you want to change, stop thinking about and believing that you are a product of your past and start acting and behaving like the person you want to be. Nothing ever changes if you don’t do anything different. If you recognise your belief system to be limiting, make it your intention to take action for change. Don’t listen to what other people believe you to be. Listen to your own spirit deep within you; it has the answers to all your questions.

We were not born with our belief systems in place. We put them there and if we put them there, we can change them. They weren’t established immediately, so it may take some time to replace them, but it can be done with consistent effort. To change a limiting belief, it is most effective to work backwards from your desired result. Ask yourself questions about what outcome you want and what is holding you back. Be truthful with yourself. Become aware of the negative beliefs and make a list. Examine the beliefs and write another list accentuating all the things you did well in your past, as well as the people you have helped. Check your thoughts and the words you speak and make an effort to change them. Becoming aware of the changes that need to be made is the first step toward a positive outlook. When you change your belief system your emotions and actions also change. Stay consistent and you will win.

Self Talk

In addition to watching your thought processes, take note of what comes out of your mouth. Take time to observe and listen to your own self-talk. Listen for repetition and patterns. This is so important to know, because what you say to yourself creates a chemical in your brain that is dispersed throughout your body and you feel exactly how you tell yourself you feel. Are you empowering yourself or are you poisoning yourself?

What you say is, also, a good indication of your belief system. Have you ever noticed what people with a poverty belief system talk about? They talk about lack, time and time again. Words and observations enter through the realm of the subconscious and when words come to mind a decision must be made as to whether those words should be uttered or rejected. If you accept them they will eventually enter the heart (the deep recesses of your spirit) and either strengthen a negative spoken reaction or strengthen the positive comment. Your heart can be sad or it can be happy. A great determination of what is in your heart is by whether you accept words of defeat or victory.

This can be illustrated by a trick often played on others, particularly in schools. Some friends randomly select a student and each of them, throughout the day while passing that student in the hall or in the playground, tell him that he doesn’t look well. At first the student rejects the comment by saying something like “I feel okay”. After a few hours of several different people saying the same thing, the chosen student would be in the school clinic asking if he could go home because he didn’t feel well.

This is not a nice thing to do to anyone, but it does prove a principle. If you listen to a lie repeatedly and allow it to enter your heart (spirit), you will eventually believe the lie yourself and act on it. You may say things you don’t believe but if you continue to listen to things that are not right, they will embed themselves into your heart; then you will speak them and they will become reality. As words enter your thought realm, keep the good and positive and reject the negative. Examine every thought and determine its source, especially if it comes from gossip.

When you speak, replace phrases like, “I can’t” with, “I will”; “It won’t ever happen” with, “It is going to happen”; “Nothing ever goes right for me” with, “Everything is going to start going right for me”. It may seem difficult at first, but persevere, because your new, positive thoughts are colliding with your current belief system which in turn is saying, “Oh, no. That’s not how it is”. Stay aggressive with your new positive thoughts and verbalise them to yourself * ZAFFAR SAYS * both silently and out aloud.

Your Thoughts and Your Mind

The conscious mind is quite powerful because what you concentrate on comes back to you multiplied. It is your subconscious mind; however, that is a source of unlimited overflowing abundance. Since the subconscious mind is developed through the conscious mind, choose your thoughts wisely because the subconscious takes control of the majority of your functions throughout the day. Your subconscious mind is a powerful tool but it is not capable of determining what is good or bad for you. For instance, the mind cannot tell the difference between something real (fact) and something unreal (imagined). It will just accept what you tell it and then it will search for the facts to support this decision. For example, if you say “I am going to fall into the water” your subconscious will say, “Let’s make sure that happens so you can be right”. Thus your belief in the possibility or impossibility of a situation determines the outcome. If you believe that you can be successful it’s going to happen because your empowering belief just made it a probability. All our belief systems were built by thoughts so, replacing an old belief system and building a new belief system will also require building new and positive thoughts.

Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between internal and external ‘reality’. Internal reality is made up of our thoughts and external reality is the evidence of our five senses (touch, sight, smell, taste and sound). That explains why the power of belief has such an influence on our lives and why it is important to recognise the power of our thoughts.

Your belief or non-belief of something determines whether you accomplish that thing. Regardless of the outcome, every event, condition or circumstance that you experience in your life is created and comes to fruition based only on a belief. Remember, the subconscious mind can’t take a joke. Whether positive or negative, something will always manifest. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t you are also right. Your belief in and toward something influences your behaviour and actions.

Have you heard of the placebo effect? It is a well-known and documented occurrence that takes place in studies when a portion of participants experience a physical result, usually a measurable medically-related result, without actually being given the ‘cure’ that is actually being tested on those participants. Just because people ‘believe’ there is a chance they will experience a given result, they actually then experience the result of that expectation. So, people who are told a drug will have a certain effect will many times experience that effect even when given a pill without those properties. How can it be that up to one third of people in some studies experience a positive result simply because of their expectations? Because belief is so powerful, it produces physical results. When we begin to recognise how powerfully our subconscious thoughts affect our perceptions, we become more careful in our judgements and more observant of our own thinking. This unveils our unconsciously held belief systems and brings them to the surface where we can observe them, question their validity and make changes where appropriate. When we constantly clean our subconscious filters of perception in this way it enables us to perceive the world differently, make new decisions and reshape our reality.

In life we become what we think about and if you want to know what you believe, look at where you are in your life and what you are experiencing. Your inner world affects your outer world so that, what you focus on in your mind and believe to be true, ultimately affects your life’s outcome. Thus what you create through your thoughts is a belief system. To have everything you want, you need to actualise a mindset rooted in positivity and your attitude to success will determine your degree of success. In other words, your success is measured by the strength of your belief; therefore, get your mind, your thoughts and your mental images on the future.

BELIEFS – LIMITING OR EMPOWERING

The belief system we have created ultimately determines what we value, how we live and the levels of success we achieve in our lives. Our beliefs act as filters and control everything we think, our reactions and our emotions. Whether we like it or not, our beliefs run our lives. As we grow older we tend to reinforce what we believe by surrounding ourselves with people who share our beliefs.

Our present beliefs will determine how much of our potential we will be able to tap into. That is why it is wise to examine some of our beliefs in detail and identify which beliefs we hold are limiting our progress. If we uncovered our beliefs, many of us would be surprised to see them overflowing with negativity and shortcomings. Limiting beliefs are beliefs that cause us to act and react in ways which limit our potential. We can do or be anything if we will let go of our limiting beliefs.

No belief is right or wrong – it is either empowering or limiting; however, our beliefs become habits and we all know how difficult it is to change a habit. No matter how negative, it is easier to hang on to them than to change. Once the limiting beliefs and habits have been identified and acknowledged it will be easier to change a particular behaviour pattern. Knowing this should stimulate us to be the master of our thoughts and beliefs and not a servant to them. Unfortunately, sometimes emotions get in the way and they are a major cause of negative beliefs.

Limiting beliefs can have devastating effects on our lives such as creating poverty, preventing us from getting the job we want and keeping us lonely and feeling unloved. Millions of people believe they are in poverty or have failed because of some strange force over which they believe they have no control. Because of such negative beliefs they have actually created their own misfortunes. The results of a negative, or limited, belief system which says that “success is unattainable and if it’s bad it will happen to me”, causes weakness of spirit and physical illness. Such people do not know how to look after themselves properly and tend to be insular, easily falling into the trap of feeling sorry for themselves. They don’t know how to be confident and affirmative in their dealings with others and because they do all the wrong things, they eventually put themselves in a position where it has a physical effect on their body. All these things happen because of a lack of knowledge. Such beliefs can be changed by determining strongly to substitute a positive belief system for the self-limiting system they have been living by.

We always live the life we believe. If your limiting belief says you are a failure, then you will fail. If, however, you believe you are a successful person, you will succeed. This is not being egotistical. Believing in yourself is to know and accept your weaknesses as well as your strengths and to be prepared to overcome your weaknesses and develop and use your strengths. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “A man is but the product of his thought, what he thinks he becomes.”

I am sure you have heard the story of the four-minute mile. For years people believed that it was impossible for a human being to run a mile in less than four minutes until Roger Bannister proved them wrong in 1954. Within one year, 37 runners broke the belief barrier; and the year after that, 300 more runners did the same thing.

Why is it that people put themselves through the pain and distress of negative and limiting beliefs? It is not necessary to do so and when they realise this it becomes so much easier to turn things around and free themselves to enjoy an empowering life. You owe it to yourself to think only of unlimited and empowering prosperity because abundance is reality.

Commit to attaining mastery of your thoughts by stepping back for a moment and looking at yourself, your actions and your state of mind. Begin verbalising the thoughts that you want to experience. Retrain your brain to focus on thoughts that feel empowering, joyful, gentle and loving. When you incorporate this new thinking habit into your life, positive experiences will become evident every day. There are no limits except what you impose on yourself. Prosperity doesn’t start with someone or something outside you. You success or failure begins and ends with you!

The Source of our Belief System

Our current state in life is the result of that which we have come to believe about ourselves. From before our birth, through childhood, right to the present moment there have been evergrowing layers – the building up of thoughts and actions – which have created the person you identify as ‘you’ today.

As children our belief systems are quite open; therefore, they are non-limiting and nonjudgemental. Depending on the type of home we grow up in, our belief systems are absorbed and can become restricted by the teachings and actions of those closest to us – our parents, family, authority figures, our friends and by the culture and environment around us. We are taught to determine what is “real” by the use of our five senses. As a result we are taught to forget what we want and to think realistically and logically. This latter training, both in the home and through the education system, can limit the potential that the power of belief can provide.

As we grow to maturity, we dream about the kind of life we want for ourselves, but if our dreams are out of the realm of our environment we are told that big dreams are “out of the question”, “impractical” or “impossible” and that such dreams are only for “the fortunate few”. We are told to get a “real job” and work hard for our future. Due to the creative power of belief such programming embeds in our subconscious mind and becomes our reality, providing the evidence that what we have been taught to believe is correct. So, even though we tell ourselves we want to be prosperous, those instilled beliefs that it is out of the question, will stop us in our tracks.

There are some children, however, who grow up in a home where parents know it is important to expand the potential of their children and where those children grow to maturity knowing they can achieve anything and they have the world at their feet. The difference in the belief systems is clearly brought out by Robert Kiyosaki in his book, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”.