I know I do, and I work on identifying them and changing them to more helpful and effective beliefs.
Some of these beliefs are superficial and some run very deep. Most of them don’t even “feel” like beliefs. You just think that is the way the world is.
Here are some examples of stupid beliefs, in my opinion.
I have held all of these beliefs at one time or another!
- Daydreaming is a waste of time.
- Children should act like adults.
- I need to stay busy at all times.
- The world is dangerous and I need to protect myself at all times.
- I should never fail.
- Success should be immediate.
- If I get injured, that area of my body will always be weaker.
- The “x” diet is the perfect diet and everyone should eat that way.
You can always find “evidence” that a particular belief is “true”.
I think it’s much more realistic and helpful in your life to ask whether a belief is “effective” for you. Does that belief bring you joy? Or does that belief cause you frustration, disappointment, and resentment?
I go so far as to choose beliefs that are effective for me, even if they may not technically be “true”. I choose to believe that I can figure out anything and accomplish anything I want. Now, actually there are probably some things that I can’t figure out how to do, but I still think it’s more useful to keep my belief.
Another belief I choose to hold is that my body is strong and I recover completely from any injury or illness. I know lots of people who say, “Yes, I sprained this ankle 18 years ago and it’s never been the same since.” That is their belief. I choose to believe differently.
We also have beliefs about what other people should do.
Sometimes I’ve been “stuck” and insistent that another person should be doing this, or doing that. I don’t feel good when I’m stuck like that. Try to recognize that “stuck” and yucky feeling. You may think that the only way to change that feeling is for the other person to do what you want them to do. Actually, the quickest way is to change your belief, and it can be done!
Changing your stupid beliefs to more effective beliefs does take work.
It’s not easy. Wallace Wattles, the author of The Science of Getting Rich, said that sustained mental effort is the very hardest work there is. This is why so few people actually do it! Especially in these days of movies, TV, and video games, many of us are mentally undisciplined.
It can really help to write down your thoughts and beliefs on a sheet of paper. Writing clarifies your thought. One of the best ways to identify your beliefs is to first identify your emotion, and then backtrack to the belief. You will most often notice the strong negative emotion first. Engage in the mental work to identify what your belief is, that is causing your emotion.
In doing this work, you will be happier and healthier. If you have children, they will learn from your example how to question beliefs and choose helpful ones.
Bio: Christopher is the author of “I Create Reality: How to Use Holographic Creation to Manifest Your Desires”. He loves to read, write, create websites, and run up mountains for fun. Click here for a video on Nine Manifesting Secrets and Tools
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