“What a man can conceive, and believe, he can achieve”. This quote by W. Clement Stone is a popular one for all manifesters, but many people forget that whatever they believe is WHAT they achieve. If you believe that it is impossible to make a living as (fill in the blank), you will never make any money at it, no matter how hard you try or whatever else you do. If you believe you are destined to be alone, that you are a screw-up, that you are somehow lacking, guess what? You are.
Changing a belief requires that you realize you have a belief. The teachings of the Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes speaks of transparent beliefs–those which you live through but cannot see. How do you find those transparent beliefs so that you can change them?
One way to do that is to listen to what you say about yourself. If you constantly put yourself down and say negative things about yourself, you are revealing that you believe these things to be true, even if you are being funny. How do you think your weight-loss program will work if you describe yourself as “fat and sassy” or if you say to yourself or others, “I could not live without (fill in the blank)“?
Beliefs are just thoughts that you think all the time. If you constantly think or say, “Nothing ever works out for me” or “Everything I do is wrong,” you will soon see that these become true and accurate statements because you believe them. You filter every experience you have through these beliefs and only see the evidence that fits these patterns. Neither is true until you make it so.
First, both are lies. If nothing ever worked out for you, you would be dead. Second, if everything you did was wrong, you would be a miracle of new solutions to old problems, or at least a source of new problems. But as you say these things to yourself, and thereby program them into your subconscious, you create a belief that you then live by.
How much more productive would it be to say to yourself, “I’m getting better at this today” or “This turned out better than I expected”? Could you praise your efforts in acheiving what you have, instead of beating yourself over the head (wet noodles optional) for not doing more better faster? This is how affirmations work: As you repeat them, they change your belief system, as long as you don’t just go right behind yourself and say something else to cancel them out.
If you can change your beliefs, you can change your life. Isn’t that what fairy godmothers do?