The 4 Step Process to Hacking Your Beliefs and Getting the Results You Want In Your Life
Are you happy with the results you have had in your life?
There was a time when I wasn’t experiencing any of the results I wanted. I was 70 pounds overweight and working in a career that didn’t serve me, but I didn’t know how to make money doing what I loved. I didn’t know what to do but I knew there had to be more. There had to be a way to create the results I wanted. Thankfully, I discovered how to do just that.
At the heart of getting the results I wanted—including losing the 70 pounds and becoming the highest paid female life coach in the world—I was learning how to change my belief systems. I realized that my beliefs had led to the results I experienced. When I learned how to change those beliefs, I was able to transform my future to create the exact results I wanted.
It all starts with understanding how beliefs work and then learning how to change them, so they produce the results you want.
I’ll explain the belief hacking process below, but before I do, click the box below to get exclusive access to my free mini training, where I show you exactly how to hack your beliefs.
What Is a Belief?
A belief is simply a thought you have had so often that it has become unconscious. Your brain likes to be efficient. It doesn’t want to think about thinking every time it has a thought. When you learn a new skill, concept, or thought, your brain thinks it a few times before delegating it to your unconscious brain. That way, you don’t have to think it every time you want to use that thought. The thought becomes automatic.
For example, when you drive to work, you don’t have to think, “Pick up right foot,” or “Put your foot on the gas pedal.” Driving to work is automatic for you because you’ve done it so many times. That type of thinking and automation is amazing when you use your mind for things you want to do (like drive) and for beliefs that serve you.
The problem is when you have negative belief systems that don’t serve you. Negative thought patterns become belief systems when you have trained your mind to believe things that don’t serve you. Just like driving, those ways of thinking can become thought patterns that you repeat unconsciously despite their negative consequences.
When you have unsupportive belief systems, they will produce emotions, actions, and results that you don’t want.
Beliefs Determine the Results You Have
Beliefs determine how you think, feel, and act as well as the results you have.
For example, if you believe you are an amazingly confident person, you will have thoughts like “I can do this,” “This is easy,” and “I can figure this out.” Such sentences will cause you to feel confident, capable, and excited. When you feel those emotions, you will be willing to take risks, put yourself out there, and pursue what you want most. As a result, you will have more accomplishments because you will be willing to do more things that create more confidence.
The opposite is also true.
If you have a negative belief system that says you’re neither confident nor capable and can’t get anything right, you’re going to think thoughts like “Don’t do that,” “It’ll never work,” “You should be ashamed,” and “You should stay home.” Those thoughts will make you feel insecure and scared. When you feel that way, you won’t take action or risks, and you’ll have fewer positive results.
Whether you have a positive or negative belief system programmed in your brain determines your future.
How to Know Whether Your Belief System Supports You
If you want to know whether you have a negative or positive belief system, all you need to do is look at the results in your life.
Do you like those results? Are they what you want? Do you see new results this year compared to last year? Or have you been repeating your past for the last few years?
If you have many negative results, there’s a good chance that you have an unsupportive, negative belief system. Conversely, if you have had new, positive results in your life, there’s a really good chance it’s because you have a supportive, positive belief system.
This is what I help my students with in Self Coaching Scholars, my monthly coaching program.
We work to reprogram belief systems, so getting results is not only possible, but as close as you can get to guaranteed.
Examples of Negative Belief Systems
I often hear negative beliefs from my students. Here are some of my students’ most commonly held unsupportive belief systems:
● I’m not good enough.
● There’s something wrong with me.
● I’m damaged.
● I’m bad.
● I’m undeserving.
● No one knows me.
● No one likes me.
● I’m ugly.
Those are sentences that many people repeat to themselves to the point that they become unconscious belief systems.
If you harbor any of those beliefs (or similarly unsupportive beliefs), I want you to take them seriously. I want you to do a little belief hacking.
The Belief Hacking Formula
To change your unsupportive and negative belief system into one that supports your life and is positive, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Find the thought.
Find the thought causing the negative belief system. There will be one thought that you’re repeating so much that it’s an unsupportive belief. Don’t let yourself off the hook without finding and identifying the specific thought that forms the foundation for the negative belief system.
Many students in Self Coaching Scholars begin this process and say they don’t know what the thought is they’re thinking. I coach them to dig deeper until they find exactly what they’re thinking.
The first step is to become aware of your negative belief system that is responsible for your negative results. Awareness is the first step toward change.
Step 2: Notice its impact.
Once you have identified the thought, notice its impact on your life.
You’ll probably be surprised to see how often you repeat this thought in several areas.
This one unsupportive, negative thought is the root cause for how you feel and act as well as for the results you have.
If you aren’t experiencing the results you want, it’s because of your unsupportive belief system.
Step 3: Decide what you want to believe instead.
Next, decide what you want to believe instead. For example, if you believe you’re not good enough, you might decide to believe you’re amazing instead.
You can believe anything you want, but whatever your belief is, it should be the positive, supportive belief that you wish you believed and that you want to believe for your future.
Step 4: Create a bridge thought and practice it.
Because most people can’t jump from a negative thought to a positive one simply by repeating the latter, you’ll need to create a “bridge thought” between the negative and positive thoughts.
Your thoughts become beliefs only if you believe them. If you repeat thoughts that you don’t believe, they won’t affect your feelings, actions, or results. So to make real change to your belief systems, you’ll have to practice new thoughts that you believe.
That is where bridge thoughts come into play. A bridge thought is the thought between the negative and positive thoughts. It’s a thought that is neutral and believable.
Using the example above, if the negative thought is “I’m not good enough” and the positive thought is “I’m amazing,” the bridge thought could be a sentence like “I am open to the idea that I am good enough.”
There is no one right answer to what your bridge thought should be. It should simply be a sentence that is more neutral than either the negative or positive thought.
Once you decide on your bridge thought, practice it. The more you practice your bridge thought, the more it will become the default thought for your brain to think. Eventually, you’ll reprogram your brain to default to that new thought.
Over time, transition to more positive thoughts. The goal is to condition your brain incrementally to newer thoughts without shooting for rainbows and daisies too quickly.
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