The Importance Of Belief Systems
I remember when I first started learning about what it took to become successful, and began studying the people who were a success. One of the first things I noticed was that rich people often started out just like any other normal person.
They did not necessarily come from rich families or have a good education. However, one thing they did have was a belief system that supported their dreams. In this article, I am going to examine our psychological belief systems, and why they are important in achieving success in life.
So What Exactly Is A Belief System Anyway?
Well, put simply, belief systems are things that you regard to be true, or you believe to occur in a particular way. For example, one belief system could be that only lucky people become successful.
These beliefs then edit your reality, by acting like filters in the brain. The world you see around you then becomes shaped by these beliefs. So your beliefs, therefore, have a big effect on how you act, and the things you believe that you can do.
How Do Belief Systems Form?
When you are born, you arrive in the world with no beliefs. You have no idea how it works, or what is possible, and so you have no filters in the brain. At this point, you believe anything is possible, which is why children have such wild imaginations.
However because we have no beliefs, we have to learn them from someone. And because as children we spend most of the time with our parents, our beliefs first come from them.
This means that eventually as we grow older we begin to adopt a mixture of our mother’s and fathers beliefs as to how the world works, and what is possible or impossible to do. Sometimes these can be good beliefs, and sometimes these can be limiting bad beliefs.
So, for example, your parents may have been very optimistic people and believed anything was possible if you really wanted it. When you grew older there would be a strong chance you will also have this belief, and have the same optimistic outlook on life.
Alternatively, your parents could have had very limiting beliefs. They told you that life was hard and nobody except the rich make it in life. You will then adopt this belief and that’s how you live your adult life.
Other Sources Of Beliefs
Another major source that forms belief systems in children is school. For example. One common belief told to children is that if they dont do well at school, and get high grades, then they will never be successful in life.
But if you look at who becomes successful, most highly successful people didnt get good grades at school, and a large percentage of them dropped out early. So obviously this belief isn’t true. But for the people who dont get good grades and then adopt this limiting belief system, it will most likely limit what they believe they can and ultimately will achieve.
Changing Your Belief Systems
So beliefs have a massive influence on our lives and affect not only how we perceive the world, but also how we act in it. However whilst our beliefs may be formed during our childhood, this does not necessarily mean beliefs cant be changed. This is why identifying and removing limiting belief systems is so important, as it could quite literally change your life.