As there is so much speculation about beliefs, I thought I’d show you an easy way to form your OWN opinions about beliefs — by experiencing your own core beliefs first hand.
Beliefs are necessary for anyone to function in this world, even children. You see, core beliefs are your rules of life. They tell you about yourself, what is so, what to expect, what you can and can’t do, how to behave in certain situations, and even what you can and cannot have.
I am going to ask you some questions. The answer you automatically hear in your mind is your core belief’s response.
“Are you lucky?” Listen for a spontaneous yes or no type answer.
What if we take this further and see how this particular core belief influences your behaviors?
If you believe that you are lucky, you are probably likely to do things that are determined by luck. Can you think of one thing you’ve done because you think that you are a lucky person? And on the flip side. If you hold the core belief that you are not lucky, you probably don’t rely on luck. Can you think of one important thing you have done because you didn’t want luck to be the determining factor?
Now, if we take this even further, we can see how your core beliefs determine your expectations.
While you can easily hear an answer by merely asking this question, your true core belief will show itself if you go out and physically experience this scenario. All you have to do is ask the question and listen..
You are at the store buying a lotto ticket. The question is “Do you expect to win this lotto draw?”
I am not talking about hoping and seeing what happens, or even realizing the fact that someone has to win, so it could be anyone, including you. I am talking about the spontaneous information that came into your mind while lined up to buy a lotto ticket when you asked “Is winning this lotto draw a certainty?”
You will see that your answer to the second question matched your answer to the first. Therefore, your core belief about luck, influences your behavior, and what you expect to happen. This is true for all core beliefs — they are your rules to life after all.
Lets look at one of your core beliefs about money. The question “Is there plenty of money?” Listen for a yes or no answer.
Some people will discover they hold the core belief that there is plenty of money, while others believe there is insufficient money.
Try this. If you discovered that you believe that there is sufficient money, tell yourself that there is not sufficient money, and listen for your internal response. Likewise, if you discovered that you believe that there isn’t sufficient money, tell yourself that there is sufficient money, and listen for your internal response.
You can’t accept it can you? Your core belief is your truth about life. And you can’t imagine how someone could hold a different core belief about this topic. But they do, and those beliefs determine that persons life experience, just like your beliefs determine your life experience.
Beliefs about money are good ones to play with, so let’s take a closer look at the components of this belief, and how it forms a theme of core beliefs.
What you believe about money naturally determines your thoughts, actions and reactions to finances. A person who believes there is plenty of money is more likely to spend money without worrying about doing so, while a person who believes there is not plenty of money is more likely to worry about spending money and shuffle the bills to pay the most important ones first.
How do you respond to your belief about sufficient money? Are you happy to spend it, or worry about doing so? This is in line with your base belief of sufficiency, correct?
When a bill comes in the mail, do you simply pay it immediately, or go into a worry frenzy about how you are going to pay it? Do you buy what you need, when you need it — or put it off until you have to have it? When the telephone rings, do you jump to answer it, or cringe because it could be a debt collector?
If we break it down even further, you can see that ‘how you are feeling throughout the day‘ is also determined by your beliefs.
Take the phone call for instance. How you feel when you hear the telephone ring has no direct link to money. Yet your body goes into shock, and you have an emotional reaction — just because of your belief.
You could, in fact, feel more and more terror as the unanswered phone calls continue all day long. Then, when you finally get the nerve to answer, feeling the stress in your body, hear a voice on the other end saying “Hey Sue. This is Jenny. Wanted to see if you’d like to come over for dinner tonight. I was getting worried when you didn’t answer my calls today.”
The calls you have allowed to destroy your entire day were from a friend and not the debt collector like you feared.
Simple, everyday actions become huge stressors — because of the impact of the core beliefs that we hold.
Something to think about.