Yes, you can! - The power of believing in yourself.

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Henry Ford once said that “whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right.” If you don’t think you can, you may be your own biggest roadblock to achieving what you want in life!

Our belief system (aka mindset) can either motivate us to achieve what we want in life or discourage us from even trying. Most of our beliefs have been shaped in the early ages of our lives based on what we learned from our parents, friends, teachers or society. But we also continue to adopt new beliefs throughout our lives based on the experiences and influences we absorb from our family members, friends, coworkers, media etc.

Unfortunately, the majority of people have a very negative mindset and subconsciously repeat the same negative messages in their mind and in their daily life. What we believe, think, or say creates our reality, therefore it is extremely important that we teach ourselves and our minds to speak and think words and thoughts that motivate, empower and inspire us, so we can bring positive experiences into our lives.

The latest science gives us plenty of evidence that we can “program” our minds for success. The concept of neuroplasticity gives us a scientific proof that through persistent work we can create new “mental habits” inside of our brains. We can change how we think, how we see the world, and how we assess our own capabilities to succeed. That means that even though your current belief system may be sabotaging all of your potential achievements (telling you that you are not good enough, not pretty enough, too old, too young, or that you don’t have enough time, money, education, motivation, etc.), you can train your mind to support you in getting anything you want in life.

As the leadership expert Robin Sharma said: “the mind is a great servant but a terrible master.” We have the power to steer our mind in a way that will serve us as we move forward with creating new positive habits in our lives and accomplishing even the loftiest goals we set for ourselves.

A lot of my coaching work focuses on helping my clients identify their limiting beliefs, fears, and worries so they can see how they’re subconsciously holding themselves back and playing small in their lives. Many of us spent decades playing the same negative mantras in our brains, so we have to give ourselves some time and adequate support to implement new mental habits and create a positive and empowering mindset.

Here is a simple exercise you can begin practicing right away to start creating a new and empowering belief system: next time you catch yourself plotting the “worst case scenarios” in your mind, stop and instead try to imagine the most desirable outcome. What would be the ideal situation? How would you feel if things turned out exactly how you want them to be? What would you do right away if you knew you couldn’t fail?

When you think positive thoughts you automatically feel better on a mental and physical level. When you feel better you can do better! In addition, when you start believing that you can achieve what you want, you start focusing your time and energy on opportunities and solutions rather than coming up with pointless scenarios of why things can’t be the way you want them to be. Remember, what you focus on is what you get!

Joanna Echols (MS, MA, PBC, RYT200), Career & Wellness Coach

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