I woke up extra early today. I couldn’t sleep. I had a lot on my mind and I felt this excitement about all the amazing things I have been learning through my research online. There are many experts out there giving valuable information! I somehow felt like there was something I needed to find today and I think I found it. I had to share it with you, so I wrote my article right away.
Reading through various enewsletters in my inbox, a word kept popping up through a series of unrelated emails: BELIEF.
Belief seems to be a core element in the development of our life. Our beliefs determine how things happen. Beliefs are the determining factor in how we act, how we feel, whether we succeed or not. This is obviously extremely important in the search for happiness. Your belief system may be helping you reach TheNewHappyMe, or not.
Digging deep to find out what your beliefs are is a process. This cannot be done in one step. Writing in your journal though is a great way to start. Try this simple exercise to see what your pen comes up with… write the date and as a header ask a question that starts with: I believe that… Now what will happen will possibly surprise you. I now it surprised me when I tried it. I wrote “I believe that I have the power to do anything I want”. Then I started writing. To my disbelief, the words that followed were: “Who am I kidding??”
Basically, deep inside, I have a set of beliefs that prevent me from moving forward. One of these beliefs is that as a mother, particularly as a single mother, I have many restrictions. Believing that these restrictions are paralysing to some extent causes enormous stress in my life. This stress in turn prevents me from truly believing that I have the power to do anything I want. These false beliefs are possibly set on bad experiences that do not need to dictate the rest of my life. Hence the importance of re-evaluating them to see where they came from and why they need to be changed.
Writing in my journal brings up these false beliefs and allows me to start dealing with them. It will obviously take pages and pages of writing to break down the false beliefs, to find strength in all my life experiences and to grow. It is well worth the time and effort.
I lied when I said the exercise is a simple one… it actually sounds simpler than it is. It will take a lot out of you but the outcome is tremendously rejuvenating. A must try!