Guest Post by Heart and Soul Health Coach Mike Fenton
The thoughts, ideas and emotions we hold onto consciously or unconsciously effect our life daily. How we react, when we react, and what we react to can be traced back to feelings and beliefs we have buried deep within ourselves. It’s important to examine how we react to what life throws our way and ask ourselves, why do I feel this way? Why do I react the way I do in certain situations?
Once we identify the root cause of our reaction it is important to decide if these thoughts and beliefs are still practical for who we are today. Sometimes the root cause of our problem(s) can be traced all the way back to childhood. Something that happened to us as a child certainly may not be applicable today and at this point is nothing more than a self-limiting belief.
Self-limiting beliefs are thoughts, feelings and beliefs we hold on to from past experiences that can prevent us from living life to its full potential. We hold to a belief that took place at some part in our life and it continually affects how we view things and how we react in certain situations. It is so important to evaluate what we are holding on to. Yesterday’s events should not dictate today’s business. We can learn from them (and should) but not let them become a self-limiting belief.
The beliefs we hold onto can also affect our energy level because it takes energy to keep negative beliefs suppressed. When we let go of negative beliefs we have more energy, positive energy, to do the things in life that gives us pleasure, to be more productive.
As it’s written in Proverbs 2:11 “Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe”. Making wise choices in what we think, feel and believe can help us to let go of negative emotions and in turn we are happier, and those around us are happier too. As we read in Proverbs 15:13 “A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit”. Living with negative beliefs crushes our zest for life. It affects everything from productivity to our relationships with others.
When we enter into advanced states of awareness we become enlightened to things we never knew or thought about before. Life takes on new meaning and we find our true purpose. We have a renewed zest for life.