Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford
As Ford so correctly stated, your beliefs can limit or boost your potential. Whether you start off with “I don’t think I could do that”, or with “If it can be done, then I can do it”, that’s your choice; but it will impact directly in your potential, and consequently, in your results.
There is a cyclic relationship between beliefs, potential, action, and results.
Your beliefs control the way you tap into your potential; this potential will determine the intensity of your actions, your actions then will determine your results, and those results will add to your beliefs.
No matter the task at hand, you get what you expect.
Success breeds success, and failure breeds more failure.
If you expect failure, you limit yourself and what you can do right from the start, you’re telling your brain to expect failure, thus signaling your nervous system to respond in a certain way; you limit your potential by limiting your capability to take action – you won’t try hard enough…
You might say “I’ll try, but I don’t think it’s going to work”…
Forget about that, the “I’ll try” It’s the battle cry of the wimp.
Your actions will be uncertain, weak, incongruent, and hesitant, thus limiting your beliefs even more.
You limit your frame of reference, and you limit your ability to learn and grow and to realize your full potential.
It’s a classic downward spiral.
The opposite is also true. You can start with great expectations so w you e can amplify our ability to create great results; so instead of limiting yourself, you empower yourself.
When you believe with every beat of our heart that you will succeed, you tap into a good deal of potential, so you’re excited, energized, you’re full of high expectations; so your actions and results will be great too. Each success creates more belief and momentum to succeed on a greater scale each turn of the cycle!
That doesn’t mean you won’t screw up from time to time, but if you can learn to bounce back up every time, you would become more resourceful, and you will rig the game in our favor.
If you can maintain empowering belief systems no matter what, you will keep coming back with enough action and resourcefulness, eventually, you will succeed.
What is one challenge in your life where, if you chose to adopt a new belief about it, you could dramatically change your results?
Think about it…