• Power of positive thinkingMy competitors are better than me.
  • I’m not as smart as my colleagues.
  • People won’t want to pay for the services I offer.

If you’ve ever found yourself thinking thoughts like this, you’ve been the victim of perceptions you have about yourself that may or may not be true.

“What you’ve been taught to believe can be empowering or disempowering,” says Lisa Layden. At a meeting of the Communicators Connection this week, Lisa told the group that we create our lives based on these embedded thoughts. That’s usually not a good thing.

Lisa showed a diagram of the circular Thought-to-Action Cycle, where the beliefs we hold (like “Small business owners never make any money”) that come from our immediate circle feed into our mindsets (“People won’t want to pay for what I offer”). These feed into the emotions we feel (“I’m afraid to charge X”) and our fleeting conscious thoughts (“I’d better not risk it”), which lead to action or inaction (“I can’t charge enough to stay in business”) that reinforces the original belief.

Lisa advised the group to shift our perception of what we can do to teach our brains new beliefs based on abundance.

“We don’t typically challenge our beliefs, but once you start to take them apart, you can see where there might be a situation where they aren’t true,” she said. Just introducing a possibility like “Small businesses can make money” can teach your brain new ways of thinking.

“You create your own reality with your thoughts,” Lisa stressed. “Be aware of yourself and the words you use, like ‘won’t’ or ‘can’t.’ Once you see your beliefs as the illusion they are, you will have more abundance.”

Find out more about Lisa here, where you can also download her free “getting started” guide, Psst…It’s Time to Wake Up. Note that entering your info also subscribes you to her mailing list.

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