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The Power of Your Beliefs

Throughout recorded time there have been examples of men and women who in the face of incredible odds have succeeded in achieving their dreams Conversely, there are equal numbers of examples of those who have had a relatively easy time and what seemed to be a straight path to success and yet failed to realize their aspirations. It seems that the thing that made the most significant difference was the strength of their belief. Our beliefs are powerful. An being diagnosed with a terminal disease a doctor may give a patient six months to live and sure enough six month later they die. You may argue that the disease simply ran its course but there have been countless of others who refused to take the doctor’s pronunciation as a death sentence and have gone on o live for many years later. In cultures that practice voodoo or witch craft, (in my own, we call it

Reality is in the eye of the beholder

If the potency of our beliefs has such powers over our physical realities can you imagine the effect it has on our mind, how we perceive things and ultimately our ability to succeed

? As human beings we can see wavelengths of light only between about 400 and 700 millionths of a millimeter. This represents only a tiny portion of the vast band of electromagnetic waves to include X-rays, infra red, microwave, radio wave and so on. This means that most electromagnetic information simply passes us by. In addition to our senses we also see the world through our personal history and our innate prejudices. We cannot help how we see things. However it is how to chose to interpret what we see that in end determine what we believe.

Self-fulfilling prophecy

Our selective interpretation of the past and our selective views of the present both support our beliefs. As Dr.Richard Gillet writes:

Belief creates action

Action creates reaction or results

Reaction or results confirm belief

If youbelieve that someone doesn’t like you or doesn’t care you will take the action of keeping away from that person or at least severely restricting any involvement you may have with them. More than likely they will react by keeping away from you as well. Subsequently your belief that the person doesn’t like you is confirmed.

Maybe your belief is that “


Change your beliefs, change your life I am unlucky”, “bad things always happen to me”, “I cannot seem to find a job I really like”, ” I am no good at business”, the list goes on. If they are strong enough, you will subconsciously act in ways and seek evidence to support them and they will eventually hey will materialize.

William Shakespeare said:

But thinking makes it so

We may not be able to always determine the things we see and experience but we can always chose how we perceive them and ultimately what we believe. That is the beauty of being human. Unlike any other animal in the kingdom we have the power of choice. This means that you have the power to change the disempowering beliefs that are preventing you from living the life of your dreams. Here is a simple three-step process to change your beliefs and thus change your life:

1. Identify the limiting belief. Let’s say that you are a salesman but you are shy. It is clear that this belief is going to leave your children starving and barefooted.


2. Imagine yourself as a confident person engaged in a friendly, comfortable situation. See yourself sitting with a prospect as you skillfully tell him about your product. Imagine this scene in vivid detail, not as it has happened in the past but as if it were true and


actually happening now. As William Blake said ” What is now proved was once only imagined”


3. After you have practiced your imagination and fully experienced your new belief within, it is time to practice it in the real world. Failing to take action will mean that our practice in imagination would have been a complete waste of time. Your first steps of converting your imagined experience into real world experience can be filled with trepidation but do it anyway. Feel the butterflies buzzing around in your stomach, the weakness in your limb, the sweaty palms and DO IT! That is what they call courage-acting inspite of the fear. In the case of our shy salesman I would not suggest that he set an appointment to land that big account that he has always wanted. They key is to set small easily achievable goals. You deliberately do this s that you can guarantee success. Each little success along the way will strengthen your belief.

As Brian Tracy said “the potential of the average human is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good”. One of the keys to unlocking that potential is understanding the power of your beliefs. By rejecting limiting, disempowering beliefs and embracing powerful ones you will be able to go as far as you can imagine.For there is nothing good or bad ”

Keep on pushing!

Although we may not realize it because the work is done automatically, it is much harder to maintain our beliefs than it is to maintain a car. Once we hold a belief to be true we hold onto it for the rest of our lives with the tenacity of a bulldog unless we challenge it. Our individuality and our sense of power are so wrapped up in our beliefs that we will do almost anything to hold on to them.

About the author

Devon Harris

Devon Harris was a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team and competed in three Winter Olympics; he later joined the army and attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. Born on Christmas Day, 1964 and raised in a violent ghetto environment in Kingston, Jamaica, the greatest gift Devon Harris ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a never say die philosophy would carry him farther than a sense of injustice and a heart filled with anger.A graduate of the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England, Devon received a Queen’s Commission in December 1985 and served in the officer corps of the Jamaica Defence Force until December 1992 when he retired as a Captain.At the heart of Devon’s message are the lessons he has learned of the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live one's best life. His mission is to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as personal lives.Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team which competed in the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie Cool Runnings. Devon also competed in and was captain of the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France and the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.The Keep On Pushing Foundation which he founded in 2006 aims to support and enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities around the globe by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated.Through the Keep on Pushing Foundation, Devon also works with Right to Play as an athlete ambassador, supporting Right to Play’s efforts in using sports and play in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity.As an ex-serviceman, Devon understands the commitment, sense of duty and sacrifices made by those who volunteer to serve. As a private citizen he is cognizant of the fact that the freedoms he enjoys are paid for by the courage and sacrifice of these men and women. As a result he has also devoted time to visit the troops serving in the Persian Gulf.He is the author of the motivational children’s book, Yes, I Can! and the semi-auto-biographical motivational book Keep On Pushing: Hot Lesson From Cool Runnings.