By Kathryn Corbin
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Mohammed Ali
Belief and expectation are emotions that add power to your desire. Belief and expectation kick it up a notch, as Chef Emeril would say. Your thoughts and feelings come from your beliefs about how life works. It all starts with your belief system. If you believe the purpose of life is joy, your life will be filled with joy. If you believe life is hard, it will be filled with hardship. To transform a mediocre life into a meteoric life, expand what you believe is possible.
What is a belief, anyway? A belief is nothing more than a thought you keep thinking, which means you can transform your beliefs by choosing different thoughts. The feeling of empowerment is a practiced thought as is the feeling of powerlessness. And you can change limiting beliefs to empowering beliefs by choosing thoughts that feel good.
So, if everything is determined by what you believe, how do you get yourself to believe something you don’t currently believe? Start with a clear, strong, passionate desire and talk yourself into believing you can have it. Set your intentions. Employ the power of dreaming, imagining, and visualizing. Start small. Start with something that you have less resistance about. Keep taking the next step – I did this, so I bet I can do that. When you have confidence in one area, keep building on that until you get yourself to believe that you CAN be and do and have whatever you desire.
If you have believed that life is about limitations, lack, and struggle – if you have been persuaded by others that life is hard and you can’t really have what you want – if you’ve been taught to settle, to accept less than you really want, you can change all that. Repeat to yourself – I can do this. I can have this. I can be this. I will not settle for less than I want.
Do you really believe you can attain your goal? If the answer is no or maybe or I’m not sure, use these three steps to amp up your belief and expectation and convince yourself that it is possible for you to attain your goal:
(1) Make a list of other things you have accomplished. For example, the degree you earned; the project you completed at work; the house you bought; the vacation you took; the spelling bee you won in 5th grade. This exercise will help you get to the feeling, the vibration of success.
(2) Feel a strong desire to attain your goal. Get excited about it. Strong desire amps up belief and expectation.
(3) Make a list of the reasons why you deserve to attain your goal. For example, because I want it, because I’m a good person, because other people have it so why not me, because I’ve wanted it for such a long time. This exercise will raise your belief that you deserve to attain your goal.
Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your thoughts become beliefs and your reality reflects back to you what you believe. By amping up your belief and expectation, you expand what is possible for you. Decide absolutely that you will attain your goal. Deeply desire it. Know you deserve it. Believe it and expect it and it is on its way to you.