Beliefs are sneaky. Beliefs influence our ability and restrict opportunities often without us even being aware that we have them. It’s a sound business practice to frequently examine and question your beliefs.
Beliefs can limit flexibility and openness while promoting rigidity. Rigidity tends to limit opportunity. Incredibly we often believe things for which we have no proof, especially when it comes to matters of self-assessment.
Belief is putting regard in something as true. This wide range of synonyms astounded me because they all can be used to describe a belief even though they inspire quite different meaning strength.
Synonyms: acceptance, admission, assent, assumption, assurance, avowal, axiom, certainty, conclusion, confidence, conjecture, conviction, credence, credit, deduction, divination, expectation, faith, fancy, feeling, guess, hope, hypothesis, idea, impression, intuition, judgment, knowledge, mind, mindset, notion, opinion, persuasion, position, postulation, presumption, presupposition, profession, reliance, supposition, surmise, suspicion, theorem, theory, thesis, thinking, trust, understanding, view.
Some beliefs can seem very flimsy, especially when we think of a belief as an assumption, a guess, a notion or merely a feeling.
But that’s how all beliefs take root. We hear someone say something or read it and we assume it to be true. A statement can be made about your own capacity or about business in general and you could lose out because of your belief in that statement.
Anyone and everyone occasionally can get down on herself or himself. The good news is that we don’t have to get down and stay there. Worrying about beliefs is wasteful. It’s far more productive to use language and questioning to challenge our limiting beliefs.
Worry is an abuse of imagination. Steve Chandler
Of course not all beliefs are limiting or negative some can be very inspiring. But even positive beliefs can be limiting. It makes me question whether we’d be better off without beliefs at all. Would it really matter if we just experienced life in the moment as it comes?
Here are some empowering questions to challeneg and refresh your beliefs.
What do I believe that does not serve me well about my business or myself?
Can I point to proof that supports this belief?
What would I rather believe?
What do I want to believe about my business or myself?
What could I do now to create what I want?
What limiting beliefs would I be better off simply letting go?
What one thing am I creating that uplifts me?
How could I increase my willingness to start fresh with a beginners mind and boldly create that thing?