Belief Systems are mental constructs of a multitude of similar thoughts. As humans we literally stream thousands of thoughts per day. Our Subconscious Mind is wired to keep us safe and alive, so all those thoughts are being filtered to keep us on track to live another day.
Safe and Alive means familiar. Familiar means “same ol’ same ol’.” Secure. Safe. No surprises.
The inherent problem, is that there is a part of you that desires growth, new knowledge, exploration, creativity, and new experiences. All of that, however, is outside of the realm of “familiar.”
That means when we go gallivanting into a new experience we may gain some headway temporarily, but then the inevitable happens. We find ourselves back where we started, or maybe a little ahead, but not where we wanted to be. As much as we’d love to point fingers and allow our thousands of thoughts to generate self-validating excuses, it’s usually all self-inflicted. We tend to be the limited factor, the barrier to growth. Because growth is change, and change can be scary! It all comes down to FEAR. Fear of the unknown, fear of leaving certainty for uncertainty. Fear of leaving “safe and alive” for “a blank canvas.”
Ahhh, but the blank canvas sounds inviting! What if you allowed yourself to dream a little bit?
You know deep down you were meant for more.
If you are ready to paint on that blank canvas, then you are be ready for a belief system detox.
It’s simple…but simple doesn’t necessarily mean “easy.”
1. Start with an idea, a dream, a new experience you’d love to have in your life.
2. Write out all your fears, all your worries, all your concerns. See what is valid and what needs to be tossed out like the trash. It’s usually completely unfounded fears that occupy a lot of our headspace, causing a snowball of other thoughts to justify why we are just fine where we are living out our “safe and alive,” familiar, and secure life.
3. Once you get all the junk out, ask yourself, “Is there anyone I know that could help me?” “Is there anyone living that “new experience” that I could visit with?
4. Then immerse your environment with sights/ sounds/ new thoughts and conversations with SUPPORTIVE friends about your new idea.
5. When you are ready to take inspired action… (this is the most important part), be ready for old ingrained belief systems to come up. They’ll throw thoughts at you like, “Who do you think you are?” “You are crazy!” “You don’t have what it takes, you’ve never done this before!” That’s the OLD FAMILIAR TALKING. Old belief systems die hard. YOU’VE GOT TO TALK YOURSELF THROUGH TAKING ACTION AND KNOW YOU’LL REMAIN SAFE AND ALIVE THROUGH THE PROCESS AND ON THE OTHER SIDE.
When you get to the other side, you’ll notice the old belief system gets upgraded software. You’ll achieve a new, higher level of Familiar with a new experience under your belt and you’ll be gaining momentum to keep going for your dreams.
I can’t begin to tell you how important this is. I’ve seen and heard countless stories of people working jobs they hate, and they stay put because it’s “safe and secure,” only to retire and die young. And I’ve
seen people do the opposite: Live their dreams and implement inspired action over time so work blends into doing what they love and loving what they do. You have limited hours of life experience. Make the most of it.
Be BOLD and COURAGEOUS and willing to go through a BELIEF SYSTEM DETOX.