Very recently I came across Dr. John Assaraf teaching video “How to set and achieve any goal you have in your life.” And he said that our beliefs have so much impact on whether or not we will achieve our goals we have set to achieve in life. He insisted that our beliefs and behaviors must be in line with achieving our goals to actually achieve them.
Basically according to him, there are two types of beliefs;
- Explicit Beliefs
These are type of beliefs that we usually say to each other; I believe I can achieve that, I believe I deserve success, I believe I can lose weight. They are external beliefs. We declare them, we talk about them, and we tell other people about them. They are the ones that people can see from the outside. But what Dr. Assaraf has found is that, explicit beliefs are not the type of beliefs that drive our habits or behaviors.
- Implicit Beliefs
They are what underneath the surface. Implicit beliefs are those beliefs underneath when we are speaking with our friends or telling other people what we believe on the surface. They are what we think about in secret. They are what we think about is true about ourselves. For examples; Am I smart enough? Am I good enough? Do I deserve success? Do I really know what to do? Can I really do this? What if I try my hardest and fail? All of these are type of implicit beliefs or underneath beliefs.
If we don’t set our implicit beliefs right, we will have doubts about ourselves. We will have doubts in our abilities, in possibilities, and whether we are smart or good enough. We will start questioning whether we are doing things right.
The Bible even mentioned this in the book of Proverbs chapter 23 verse 7, reading from King James Version, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
When our implicit beliefs express doubt, what we believe on the surface will not be enough to drive our habits for instance, when we want to change them. Dr. Assaraf also said that beliefs are fundamental components of what we must change in order to match up with the goals that we have. Beliefs and habits go hand in hand, because our beliefs are what drive the perception on the behaviors called habits.
So, if you have set your goals you want to achieve in your life, but you have a belief that you don’t deserve success, or you have a belief that the harder you try, the harder it is, then you are going to achieve opposite goals because of your opposite beliefs.
He used this example that if your goal is to make $100,000 USD, but your belief is that you only deserve to make $50,000 USD; you are going to be out of sync or out of vibration, or what others call a chaotic vibration. And they will basically end up canceling each other up. You will do a little bit of hard work, and then you will sabotage your success. You will think you can achieve it for a day or two, but then things will happen to cause it not to work as smooth as you would like, and you will give up hope.
Basically, what we believe about ourselves is a combination of what our parents, teachers, family members, Church leaders, and peers have taught us. But also what we have experienced, what we saw all around us. Therefore, patterns in our brains were created, and over time we started to have habits around those beliefs.
Beliefs are nothing more than patterns in our brains of how we have programmed our minds. And the good thing is that we can change our beliefs and re-programming our minds again with new beliefs. We can create new beliefs.
He continued saying, as we create new beliefs such as we are smart enough, we are good enough, we deserve to achieve success, as we tell ourselves about it every day, emotionalize and imagine it every day, as we do that we begin to engrain it to implicit part of our brains, and we will start to believe about it from inside out. And when we start to believe from inside out, we will start to see different things in our physical world. We will start manifesting those things that are in line with what we believe undersurface.
He said for him it started when he decided that every day he was going to sit down on his chair and looked at his goals. He had them laminated, and he would touch them, and imagined in his mind he was achieving those goals and feeling them as if they were already real. He would read all goals everyday with emotions and then closed his eyes and visualized them with emotions. At the beginning, his mind would tell him it’s not true, you are not achieving those goals, you are not smart enough, you are not good enough, you didn’t go to school (remember now he is a doctor), you don’t deserve to achieve these goals, this is a waste of time, who do you think you are? He had all these negative talks for weeks, and months, and then eventually he started behaving differently. He started attracting things, the tools, resources, people, businesses, and money. He also started exercising more, taking better care of himself.
He started with this one good habit of reading and visualizing his goals every day that he set for himself to achieve in his life. And I like the fact that he also laminated them as a way to protect them. What a wonderful story and testimony.
My friends, with God all things are possible, we only limit ourselves. Next time you and I when are having doubts whether we are good enough or it’s possible for us to achieve what we want to achieve, we need to remember about implicit and explicit beliefs, and adjust our beliefs, mindsets, and ourselves accordingly.
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