Beliefs – Believe in better

On the Hypnotherapy and NLP course I ran introduced the subject of beliefs and how Hypnotherapy and NLP can make significant impact on changing limiting beliefs to empowering ones. Many interesting points were raised by the delegates and one was: “If it was as simple as doing a technique to change a long held limiting belief and hence creates a more fruitful life then why doesn’t everyone do it?”

This is what I think: Any technique or insight to a limiting behaviour and its alternative, positive one can only be a part of the cure. The truth is that people tend hold onto their limiting beliefs with tenacity even in the face of evidence to the contrary.

Whatever the technique, strategy or insight there are two other qualities that are essential for change.

  1. Motivation has to be high – Just wishing for something isn’t enough. In my one to one work I may use scaling to accurately gauge this. On a scale of 0 to 10 and 1 signifies you would ‘quite like it’ and 10 means you would give your ‘back teeth’; how important is it to you, right now?
  2. Action has to be taken – However small. An insight into a better way of doing things is actually only the beginning. This understanding can’t just remain ‘intellectual’ but has to be adsorbed into the very texture of our daily behaviour. After all, most patterns of behaviour are driven by beliefs have been years in the making and reinforced daily.

I suggest that people who achieve successful change do this by taking advantage of the beneficial insight, creating a plan of action and finding ways of maintaining motivation.

Do the same thing and you will get the same result. Do something different and you get a different result. The plan of action can be as simple as considering the smallest alteration to our usual way of doing things and noticing the consequence. Noticing what is better. Noticing what has the potential to lead further. The emphasis is not about what’s not possible it’s about what is possible.

Remember Roger Bannister and the 4 minute mile? No one had (been recorded) as running faster than 4 minutes. The eminent doctors of the time said it wasn’t possible… At 4 minutes the heart would explode and the shins would fracture as the human body was not equipped to do it. Bannister proved that wasn’t true when he ran the first sub 4 minute mile. And then what happened next? All over the planet at race meetings athletes began breaking the 4 minute mile barrier. How come? Same ability and fitness – What had changed was their belief in what’s possible.

Much love,



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