Our beliefs shape our world, it is how we view people, places, situations and events in our life. As the name suggests, limiting beliefs, limit us; these are the constantly repeating thoughts that we come to believe as truth – the “I’m not good enough”, “Why does this always happen to me”, “I’m scared”, “I don’t know how”, “I can’t do this” thoughts that stop us doing and achieving.
“I can’t do this” is a common and popular limiting belief that most or if not all of us have had at least once in our lives. I’ve had it many times in my life and it has stopped me doing many things that I was inspired or wanted to do in my life. Think for a moment the changes in our life that would be possible if we believed “I can do this”.
Whenever I present the SEJ to clients I always use the example of Sir Roger Bannister and the four-minute mile. Prior to Sir Roger running the 4-minute mile on the 6th May 1954, the generally held belief was that it was impossible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. I’ve even heard a story that members of the medical profession believed that the human body would combust if that person were to use the energy and speed required to break the 4-minute mile. How true that is, I don’t know – but never the less everyone believed that “It can’t be done”. Sir Roger ran a time of 3:59.4 that day, and from that moment on everyone now believed “It CAN be done”. 46 days later Sir Roger’s record was broken and to this day over 1400 runners have run a sub 4-minute mile.
One person’s action rippled out to the rest of the athletics world and changed people’s beliefs!
Just think on a daily basis how our limiting beliefs can have a negative ripple effect on our world; our families, our work colleagues, our team mates, even people we meet in the street. We’ve all experienced first-hand how just one person at your work, or in a team can make everyone around them unhappy.
Now imagine how the process of changing our limiting beliefs to true life affirming positive beliefs such as “I can do this” could have the same ripple effect to everyone around us. I first became aware of the power of the ripple effect after attending a powerful SEJ Webinar, and copy of this recording is available via the members page at the following link here
Sometimes it might not be possible yet to see the ripple effect that our positive beliefs can have on others, so I’ll leave you with a wonderful example of this, that you may have seen in the news recently:
Herman Gordon, the cleaner at Bristol University:
“In his sunny presence, the world suddenly seems a better, jollier and altogether less complicated and frightening place”
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Live in Joy!