You’ve set some goals for the New Year, now what?
You’ve probably heard the saying “You’ll never go beyond where you believe you can go.”
Or maybe you even heard this quote from Earl Nightingale “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” So are your beliefs getting in your way?
Life is a creative act. An invention. And our defining moments often occur during the most uncertain times, the most challenging times. We then either retract in fear and go back to our comfort zone or we find enough strength in our purpose, our vision and push forward.
How many times have you hesitated doing something, questioned yourself – wondering what you should do? How many times did you go back to your comfort zone because it was so much easier than doing something uncomfortable, something that stretched you a little further yet could set you free on the path to your goal?
All successful people experience fear at one point in time, because you need to step out of your comfort zone.
It’s time for a little introspection: What limits have you pushed or failed to push in the past 12 months? A lot of that has to do with your beliefs, including your self-image. We may believe on a conscious level that we can do something, that we are capable of achieving something yet on the subconscious level, a different belief has been engrained, and that’s the one that’s running the show, that’s the one that is really controlling our behavior. Have you ever noticed that at times your behavior is not in harmony with your beliefs? For example, you may believe you can be successful at something, yet your behavior indicates that you don’t truly believe it, because the actions you take, or lack thereof, are in line with someone who doesn’t really believe. All of that is deeply tied to your self-image as well.
As you get yourself ready for the New Year, set goals, ask yourself:
- What beliefs are not serving me?
- What beliefs do I truly want to have?
- What actions am I taking that are not in harmony with the beliefs I want to have based on my goals?
- What actions should I be taking if I truly believed what I want to believe?
- What image do I have of myself? How do I see myself? Does it need to change to be in harmony with my goal?
Napoleon stated in Think and Grow Rich: “There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.”
Belief is essential to your success.
Ask yourself in a very objective and honest manner: Have you been wishing and hoping? Or have you developed a belief on the gut level? If you have been wishing, then you know where the work needs to happen.
As you set out some clear intentions for the New Year, go beyond mere hope or wish. Nurture the belief you need to make it happen.
To close this out, remember what William James (American philosopher and psychologist) stated so simply and perfectly: “Believe and your belief will create the fact.” Then take action – because without action, you are still just wishing. When you take action, make sure your actions are in harmony with the beliefs you want to embrace.
Happy New Year everyone! May it be filled with love, happiness, success, abundance, health and anything else you desire.
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Lu Tandazo is a Mindset Coach - Proctor Gallagher Consultant.