How Your Beliefs Can Limit or Enhance Your Level of Wellbeing

There are many different types of beliefs that influence our health, fitness and well-being. In effect, beliefs we hold about ourselves as individuals, and about health, fitness and well-being in general are the major driving force behind our overall well-being. Our daily thoughts and attitudes either maintain and improve our well-being or undermines our wellbeing unintentionally. AWARENESS is the first step towards a positive change. The second step is CLARITY about what you want instead, the third taking steps towards TRANSFORMATION.

Where do these Beliefs come from?

Beliefs we hold about ourselves or about life in general, often stem from our upbringing, cultural norms, friends, working and living environment, teachers, and meanings we made of past events. They are found in our subconscious mind which Is our roadmap. We make up our mind and act upon using, most of the time, our past life experiences, acquired knowledge and sometimes of our "gut feel". The influence of the subconscious mind is subtle.

We only realise we may hold certain beliefs when we look at the results we are getting (or not getting) consistently.

Our Wellbeing related Beliefs fall into three main categories:

They can be

Type 1: Supporting & Nurturing

provide a motivating springboard from which to maintain and increase levels of well-being

make it easy and effortless to look after our wellbeing and feel great every day

Type 2: Obstructing & Stagnating

act as an impenetrable glass-ceiling that keeps us struggling to maintain our well-being levels

provide a seemingly fixed set point, that we have not been able to exceed

Type 3: Sabotaging & Demotivating

cause us to feel we are fighting a losing battle against ever deteriorating well-being levels

make us feel demotivated even thinking about taking steps towards improving well-being levels

Some people only hold Type 1 beliefs with regard to their well-being. Well-being is part of their daily routine and they enjoy doing well-being supporting activities.

Most people, though, tend to have a collection of beliefs around well-being drawn from all three Types, or only from Type 2 and Type 3. Luckily for us, our subconscious minds and cell memory can be changed.

Beliefs can be changed!

Often people are able to change these beliefs over a period of time using different approaches:

Proven self-help processes and tools such as NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), Self-Hypnosis, role modelling, Vision Board, Visualisation, Meditation and Affirmations.

Looking for a group of like minded people to motivate each other and to use as a support network

Working with a wellbeing coach at your own pace and using the coach as a sounding board To get you started, here is a three step process that can help you identify the beliefs you hold about your well-being:

Step 1: Awareness

Becoming aware is often enough to change a belief we have. By noticing and observing

the words we use with regard to health, fitness and well-being

the thoughts we think. For example, "I don't have time" "It's too cold to go jogging"

the feelings that we have in relation to health, fitness and well-being challenges such as "Diabetes has been running in the family so it's normal that I am prone to it"

the judgements we pass on others "She is a fitness freak" "He does not take care of what he eats" How do you feel about them? Are these positive or negative? Are these enabling or disabling? Are they empowering or disempowering? Are these motivating or de-motivating?

Step 2: Desired Belief

Once you know which belief is not working for you, you can identify a belief or statement that you wish to have about yourself or about health, fitness or well-being (or anything related).

Write down the belief you want using present tense and positive words.

Start by something easily achievable to have quick wins. Once you start making small gains, your subconscious mind gradually changes to include your new habits as part of your routine. You can gradually set bigger gains.

To review your progress, you can record your observations in a journal as you start on building new beliefs and work with the journal when you reframe and state your desired belief(s).

Step 3: Transformation

Now that you know what you want, you can use a number of effective techniques to change to replace your old belief with the desired one:

Affirmations - repeat the belief statement as often as possible. The trick with affirmations is to really make it full body experience - see them, hear them, say them, and feel them. If the statement does not feel true to you, add an 'I choose to... ' before the statement. A picture or an object representing your desired outcome can be used as a positive reminder and act as a motivational tool to encourage along the way.

Evidence - Very few beliefs are always 100% true in any situation - find evidence for where that old belief was not true for you, and evidence where your new belief has been and is true. What would be the gain or loss that you will receive when you embrace this new belief? And what would you lose or benefit if you hold on to your existing belief?

Take Action - take at least one -the smallest step you can take - towards that new belief, and then another one, and another one... before long that belief will have become embodied.

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