I spend a lot of my time speaking to people about their beliefs.
When we say the word ‘belief’, we often think of big things like; Do you believe in God? Do you believe in yourself? While these big beliefs hold a lot of weight, I find that it is the little beliefs that are really the problem. They are often so small that we have no awareness of them and yet they trip us up every day.
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting James Clear when he spoke at one of our Business School Immersions. James is the author of ‘Atomic Habits’ and his keynote got me thinking about my habits and how they were linked to my beliefs.
One of my most annoying habits is the fact that I never hang my clothes up at the end of each day. I step out of them and into something else. The result of this behaviour is that I often have piles of clothes all over my bedroom which makes things hard to find and very messy.
Eventually, I’ve had enough and spend several hours tidying everything up while telling myself this has got to stop as I do not have time to ‘tidy my room’ like a naughty teenager.
Reading ‘Atomic Habits’ helped me realise that the actual problem behind my large mess is that I do not believe that I am a tidy person. I have always felt like a messy person. This was heavily affirmed for me as a child being constantly told that I was messy. After years of listening to this, I have fully accepted this as a truth – that I am messy and have for years believed my life sentence was a messy bedroom.
Except beliefs can be changed. It is not easy but it definitely can happen.
In the past 5 years, I have come up against so many beliefs – big and small that have needed to be addressed as I grew myself and my practice.
Beliefs about being clever, beliefs about being commercial, beliefs around markets I could and could not work with.
To know if a belief is a problem I love to use Byron Katie’s famous questions from her book ‘Loving What Love Is’.
Are you ready to make
a difference in the world?
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