So, just what are beliefs?

- Tracey Hancock, REALiving Coaching

It's common for people to think that beliefs are facts, that they're the absolute truth. But put simply; they're not.

Beliefs are statements about what you believe to be true.


Where your beliefs come from

Your beliefs are influenced by the environment you’ve grown up in and the people you surround yourself with. It's your family, culture, religion, peers, where you live, your job and so on, that have helped shape the beliefs you have.

But you don't need to accept those beliefs.

You create your own beliefs. So if you’ve got a belief that’s not serving you well, you can change it.

Let me say that really important point again …

YOU create your beliefs. So if you’ve got a belief that’s not serving you, you can change it.

What are your beliefs?

It's important to be aware of your own beliefs as they will either serve you well or hold you back.

When you start to listen out for them, you'll realise just how many you've got and here's the biggy ... how they're impacting on your life.

Now it can be overwhelming and hard to know where to start with identifying your own beliefs, so here's a tip ... think about a goal you're trying to achieve; maybe it's to start meditating regularly.

Beliefs that will help you achieve this goal might include I can learn, I can meditate, I have time to sit quietly, I am patient and so on.

But. Throw in beliefs like I can't learn, I'll never learn how to meditate, I'll never find the time, others are always better than me, I'm no good at sitting still ... and what do you think will happen?

I'm sure you guessed. You won't meditate, or you might try it for a while and then flag it as being too hard.

So, thinking about a goal you want to achieve, write down the beliefs you have now that will help you achieve it. Then write down the ones that will limit you or stop you from achieving the goal.

Your choice...

Remember you get to choose your beliefs.

Yes, you've got beliefs and if they're working well for you, rock on. But if they're holding you back, keeping you playing small or stopping you from achieving a goal, then it's time to take a close look at.

Give yourself permission

Go ahead and give your permission to review and reflect on your beliefs. Now promise me (and more importantly, promise yourself) that you'll do this with kindness and patience.

If you have beliefs that no longer serve you well, let them go.


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Tracey Hancock is a coach and mentor passionately committed to helping people live well. Drawing on her own life experience and the lessons she's learnt trying to be and do what she thought was expected of her, Tracey will guide you to reconnect with yourself, putting you and your health at the heart of everything you do in life and business. If you know it's time to be you and live your real life, contact Tracey to learn more about the REALiving approach today.