Most of your thoughts, and your responses to the events and people of your life, are determined by your basic premises. These are the ideas, beliefs, opinions and conclusions you have come to as the result of inputs and experiences starting in childhood.
They constitute not only your self-concept, but also your philosophy of life. The more adamant and convinced you are of your basic premises, the more they predict and control everything you do, say, and feel (like a tree with deep roots)
If you believe yourself to be an excellent person, loaded with talent and ability, friendly and popular, healthy and energetic, curious and creative, and destined to have a wonderful life, these basic premises will lead you to set goals, work hard, develop yourself, treat others well, bounce back from adversity, and ultimately succeed. Nothing will be able to stop you in the long run.
It is not what happens to you in life that is important. It is only how you respond to what happens. It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from either. All that really matters is where you are going. And where you are going is limited only by your own imagination.
And since your imagination is unlimited, your future is unlimited as well. These are the basic premises and beliefs you need to fulfill your potential.
Dissolving The Myths
Unfortunately, there are several myths that we accept as we grow up that can sabotage our hopes for success, joy and fulfilment later in life. Let’s look at these self-limiting beliefs one at a time.
The first and worst is summarized in the feeling, “I’m not good enough.” This is the basic premise that causes feelings of inferiority and inadequacy. We assume that other people are better than we are just because, at the moment, they are doing better than we are.
We feel that they must be worth more than us. Therefore, we must be worth less than them. This feeling of worthlessness sits deep in the psyche and causes us to sell ourselves short. We settle for less than we are truly capable of. Rather than to fail at a new goal, we don’t set it in the first place.
The correct basic premise for you to develop, or belief for you to have, is that you are not only good enough, but you have the ability to be excellent in any area that is important to you.
You have unlimited potential to be, do and have more than you have ever achieved up to now. As Shakespeare said, “All past is merely prelude.” Whatever you have accomplished in the past is only a hint of what you can do in the future.
Over the weekend I spent some time with my mastermind community looking at belief systems and how to overcome them, in the next blog i will share some of those strategies with you. In the meantime get a copy of my Blueprint “7 Secrets of Success”.