I believe affirmations to be truly powerful. They are a great way to feel good and boost your confidence. But, I also recognize that affirmations don’t work for everyone. They are also kind of “woo woo” if you know what I mean. So, lately, I have been embarking on a new practice that blows affirmations out of the park. My new practice is meditating on my beliefs. In this post, I am going to sure how beliefs are way more powerful than affirmations.
Not too long ago I hired a business coach who emphasized the importance of reciting my beliefs daily. It actually took some time for me to pick up this practice. I am often pretty skeptical when it comes to trying new things. What made it click for me was realizing that beliefs are a form of mindset practice. When we talk about thinking of positive things what we are trying to do is install new beliefs. Bringing it home, beliefs are basically the thoughts that are on repeat in our minds. It is the things we tell ourselves over and over again. And when we truly believe something to be true our actions reflect that.
So if you truly believe you are a princess, you are going to act like a princess. You may dress in a certain way, you carry yourself with a regal attitude, and you have high standards for yourself. If you believe you are unworthy of love, you are probably going to be really hard on yourself and may shut relationships down before they even get started. When you believe in something, you know it to be true, you may trust it and have confidence that what you believe is true. Your beliefs can work for you or against you, it all depends on how you think.
The belief model directly relates to the “Thinking, Feeling, Doing Model.” What you think, affects how you feel, and what you do. This is the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy, a model that I practice daily. What this means is that if you think negative things your feelings and actions will reflect that. These feelings and actions will begin to reinforce those same thoughts thus, creating a vicious cycle. It works in the opposite direction though. If you think positive things, your feelings and actions will reflect that as well. Those feelings and actions reinforce the positive thoughts creating new beliefs.
Beliefs are more powerful than affirmations because with beliefs you are working with a system your brain is already using. When installing new beliefs you are taking the information you already have to draw conclusions. With affirmations, you are often attempting to establish a new fact to be true. With beliefs, you have to learn how to rework your thinking to get the full benefits. However, unlike affirmations, once you conquer the skill of installing a positive belief your whole mindset shifts.
Over the next few weeks, I will be talking a lot about this topic and how they could benefit you! I am very excited to share how you can start nourishing your soul the right way! For today, I want you to share if you use beliefs or affirmations. Have you used either practice on your journey to life adoration? Like, comment and share. For resources on how to use affirmations or the thinking-feeling doing model, sign up to the resource library below.
Until Next time…