As a man approaching fifty, we have a well-established window of the world. We have developed beliefs across the decades of life. Creating new beliefs doesn’t come naturally. The world we view has been that way for a long time, right? Well, no. The way we view the world is just our own viewpoint. There are many other viewpoints.
If we look at creating new beliefs, then the world around us can change. Believing we can’t do something becomes a habit. When we are young, we are told we can do anything and be anything we want. In fact, we tell the kids this all the time too. But as we get older, we stop feeling like this. We decide that we can’t do things. We fill our life with limiting beliefs. And a belief possesses our every action, our every move.
Take the 4-minute mile for instance. It was said back in the 1950’s that it was impossible. Scientists were telling runners that their heart couldn’t take running that quickly. Roger Bannister didn’t believe this. He pictured himself running the mile in under 4 minutes. He was, of course, the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. In the next few years, there were dozens of runners that did the same thing. Bannister had created a new belief. This was a belief that went against the previously held belief that running a 4 minute mile wasn’t humanly possible. Once people knew it was possible, they just went out there and did it.
Creating New Beliefs In Your Life
There are a few techniques that can help you create new beliefs to change your life. Our mind is the most powerful muscle in the body. But, like any other muscle, if we don’t exercise it then it gets lazy. Here is a great way of creating new beliefs –
- Think about a limiting belief you have. It may be that you’re not worthy of success. Think big here. What is holding you back?
- Now turn that into a positive. Tell yourself several times per day that you are worthy, that you can succeed. Have set times of the day where you repeat this to yourself. The start and end of the day are great times to do this.
- Make it a habit to picture yourself being successful at this in the future. This visualisation is incredibly powerful.
- Reframe the times in the past where you felt like you didn’t acheive this. Look at the positives from that situation, focus on what you did right – push what went wrong to the very back of your mind.
Once you apply a different meaning to your experiences, then you feel much better about your abilities. All of the experiences of the past are learning points for who we are now and in the future. View them as part of building your character – not destroying it. We get better at what we do all the time. Accept that and let it go.
As a man approaching fifty, we tend to think that creating new beliefs is for those younger than ourselves. That’s not the case. Use the simple technique above to stride forward. If you want more reading, then Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is a great guide to creating new beliefs.