"Imagine if your beliefs guarantee you can never get to where you want to go?" Tony Robbins during his most popular TED Talk, "Why we do what we do."
Our beliefs form what psychologists often term as our mental map of the world. Folks, I don't need a new map, I need a new atlas!
Robbins, in his TED Talk, also said, "The defining factor is never resources, it is resourcefulness." Changing our beliefs and thus transforming our mental maps is the only guarantee that we can change our destination. And, if this is not too corny, changing your destination kind of changes your destiny, doesn't it?
I like the idea of mental maps. I also like the idea of mental software programmes. Approaching 54 this month, I would classify my current mental software as Lex v5.312! It's still got loads of bugs and still crashes most days. Furthermore, I really don't like where I'm getting to in life. So, I really need to improve my maps and update – or even upgrade my software, don't I?
If you are even remotely like me, where shall we start?
Surely our transformation must begin with our beliefs? St Paul talked about a pathway to transformation. He said it was through the renewing of our mind. That sounds like new beliefs and paradigms to me – new patterns of thinking, backed up by new habits of action.
If we see limiting beliefs as software bugs or errors on our map – whichever works best for you - we can also see a way forward. Let's hunt out and challenge those limiting beliefs. Capture them, challenge them, change them.
I know enough of my own limiting beliefs to make a start - and I'm willing to bet that you know some of your own too. I'm not even going to share my dirty washing here! What I am going to do, in privacy, is challenge their validity and then, if they don't stand up well to scrutiny, I'm going to go for a belief upgrade!
Robbins lists the following as examples of resourcefulness:
· Love and Compassion
Even looking at this list, I find helpful. All of these I have experienced in my life and yet some are at a low ebb at the moment. I believe that strengthening my resourcefulness will help. I know I can take action to change the health of those factors in the list that are currently weak. And that is what I have decided to do.
Thus I close with my final Robbins' quote today: "Decision is the ultimate power."
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