Here’s a thought that can really help when you want results in business and life that have been thus far elusive:
You have the absolutely inalienable right to believe anything you choose.
You can choose to believe that the moon is made of cheese. You can choose to believe that this politician is better than that one. You can choose to believe that the economy is getting worse. You can choose to believe that the economy is getting better.
You can choose to believe that the Earth was created in seven days. Or that it wasn’t. You can choose to believe anything anyone has told you or not.
You can even choose to believe that you don’t have the choice to believe anything. 😉
Even if you have believed something for a very long time, you can always absolutely choose to believe its opposite.
Don’t believe me? Try it. Write down a belief you have. (e.g. “The moon is not made of cheese.”) Now write down its opposite. (“The moon is made of cheese.”) You should have two opposing statements on your paper. Then say out loud that you believe the second statement. (“VERILY I SAY, THE MOON IS MADE OF CHEESE.”) Then notice what happens.
What happened? Did the world end? Did the
Cheesy Moon Society call to welcome you? Did the Rocky Moon Association string TP through the trees outside your home?
If you’re like most, the most you may have noticed was a little odd feeling in your belly or chest.
So you do get to believe anything you choose. And if you’re worried about the bathroom-tissue-in-the-trees treatment, don’t tell anyone your new belief.
This reminder of your freedom to choose comes with a bonus: a way to make practical use of it.
Once you know it is true–that you can choose to believe whatever you want–you can use it to help be, do, or have something you want.
Let’s say you would like to buy a new house. And let’s say you currently believe–and have believed for a while– “I’d like to buy a new house but I can’t afford it.”
The opposite belief would be, “I can afford it.” Even if your bank account and mortgage broker are telling you otherwise, you can choose to believe that you can afford it.
Believing you can afford it may not magically deposit the needed funds in your bank account. If it does, great! 🙂 And you may say it’s silly to believe something where the evidence clearly proves the opposite belief is true.
But consider this question: which belief, if chosen, will get you closer to what you want?
And consider this: you don’t have to leap all the way to believing that you can afford to buy the house. You can get there in steps. You might, for instance, choose to believe, “I will be able to afford it sooner than I imagined.”
So? What are you waiting for? Go believe something new and useful.