Empowering Belief Systems

empowering beliefs

What kind of belief systems are truly empowering?  Which ones will help us to reach our goals and succeed in improving the quality of our life?

The answer is simple really, belief systems that empower us to make positive changes.  This would include beliefs that allow us to change how we feel about things, and those that allow us to change our own behavior.

Belief systems and perception

Feelings and behavior define who we are as a person.  Most of the time our behavior is just the outward manifestation of our feelings, and our feelings are a reflection of how we view things through the window of our beliefs.

Is the glass half full or half empty?  Was that person trying to insult me or are they just running low on resources?  Is this challenge a bummer or an opportunity?  The answers really depend upon how we choose to sort information and view circumstances through the filters of our belief systems.

If we are empowered by our beliefs then we would have an optimistic feeling about the first question, a compassionate view of the second question, and think of possibilities in regard to the third question.  Both our feelings and our behavior, in relation to these 3 questions, would show that our beliefs actually empower us.

The belief and behavior connection

One of the easiest ways to nudge our belief systems in a more positive direction is to use reverse neuro-conditioning.  This is a system where we change our behavior to produce a positive effect on our feelings.  As our feelings become more positive so does the structure of our belief systems about who we are and what we are capable of.

Here’s an example of how I have used this simple technique in my own life with great results.  Years ago when people would ask me; “how are you?” I thought it was humorous to answer, “pretty good for an old guy.”  One day I stopped to consider the consequences of that reply on my nervous system.  I recognized that I could actually be programming myself for premature aging.  So I changed.

Now when someone asks me; “how are you?” my reply is, “absolutely fantastic.”  Every time I use that reply I reinforce my internal viewpoint about how I feel, and the truth is I feel fantastic. Normally our feelings are a reflection of our beliefs and our behavior is a reflection of our feelings.  I chose to reverse this process. I conditioned my feelings and altered my belief systems using my behavior.

Behavior, the fast track to feelings

This is actually a very simple process with its scientific basis in quantum physics.  Our words create a vibration, which affects our thoughts and feelings.  If we continue to generate that vibration our internal programming will rearrange itself accordingly.  Or we could just call it the power of positive suggestion.

I encourage you to try this simple technique in any area of your life.  Use empowering words, thoughts and feelings to create empowering belief systems. It’s easy, it’s fun and you can start immediately.

Does this sound too simple?
Have you ever tried this approach?
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  1. Matty August 24, 2010 Reply

    Right on Jonathan! You are re-programming your subconscious every time you reframe what you say in that positive way. I was just thinking about that “how are you” quote recently and though it was funny that the two standard answers are: 1. Fine, how are you? (in return) 2. good! It has become the same as saying hello. most of us just glide right by it and give those words no meaning with those two responses. What do you think? Is it just me or is the same everywhere in the world? -Matty Patterson.

    • Jonathan March 4, 2011 Reply

      Unfortunately, the percentage of people who fully comprehend the significance of the words and actions on their belief system is very small. That’s why I am such a cheerleader in this area.

  2. Rocket Bunny March 4, 2011 Reply

    I think we all have had family,friends and society affect our decisions which is sad because it wont make you happy.
    I have a very good support group but I have learned what is good for them may not be the same for me.

    I go with my gut and a leave a lot up to a higher power.I am safe in his hands.

    • Jonathan March 4, 2011 Reply

      Hi Bunny, that’s actually a very important realization – recognizing that we can respect the opinions and decisions of others while also being aware that the right choice for us is not the same as theirs. Mutual respect is not the same as everyone making the same choice.

  3. Sean March 4, 2011 Reply

    Pretty interesting stuff Jonathan!

    I have numerous thoughts and beliefs that I know if I were to just change them into a more positive thought, would produce some awesome results.

    Sometimes it can be difficult because those thoughts can be on auto-pilot.

    But if you get good at catching them in the moment and reversing them, it can do wonders in reprogramming your beliefs and consciousness.

    I like the term “reverse neuro-conditioning” pretty neat way to look at it! :)


    • Jonathan March 4, 2011 Reply

      Hey Sean, yes, those limiting beliefs can be stealthy little operatives flying below our awareness radar. In my book TRUE SELF there are a number of exercises designed to expose, dismantle, and replace limiting beliefs with empowering ones. These are skills that anyone can learn and benefit from.

  4. Steven Aitchison March 4, 2011 Reply

    Hey Jonathan, one of my favourite topics. I totally agree with what you’re saying.

    Some beliefs can be changed overnight, however long standing beliefs we have held about ourselves for years can take a while to change. Your suggestion of planting beliefs by changing our feelings and our everyday language is a great suggestion for planting the seeds and watching it grow everyday.

    I honestly believe the realization that we can change our beliefs is one of the greatest psychological breakthroughs the world has ever seen, sounds very dramatic, but I really do believe that.

    • Jonathan March 4, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Steve, certainly this realization has incredible personal and real world value for anyone who is willing to implement it. What amazes me is how relatively simple the whole process can be. As you mentioned, deeply entrenched beliefs may take a little time to change, but that doesn’t mean that the process is difficult. The transition from an outdated belief to one that serves us, like a seed, just needs a little care along the way.

      Thanks for stopping by Steve, it’s always a pleasure. And congratulations on Mind Alchemy, what an amazing project you created. Absolutely amazing!

  5. Carolee March 4, 2011 Reply

    lol- I noticed one day that every time I got out of the car, up off the floor, etc… I groaned like an old person, and I am well under 50……

    I made a conscious effort not to groan and I swear it’s easier to get out of the car and up from the floor and such…

    Just my experience!

    Have a grand day!

    • Jonathan March 4, 2011 Reply

      Hi Carolee, that’s funny, but I totally believe it. Even changing something as seemingly insignificant as a groan will modify the signals we send to our brain. After I turned 59 I made a goal to get in the best shape of my life by 60 and it is amazing how my body has responded. They’re called empowering beliefs for a reason!

  6. Galen Pearl March 4, 2011 Reply

    I so agree with this. We can literally speak our destiny. Words are so powerful. Thank you for the reminder to use them wisely.

  7. Nancy March 6, 2011 Reply

    Another great post from you! I did a little research in the subject of thoughts and did you know that a thought particle travels faster than the speed of light….so YES you are right on with this article – put out positive affirmations and thoughts into the universe……
    In love and light,

    • Jonathan March 6, 2011 Reply

      Hi Nancy, I think that there is a rising awareness regarding the power of thought and several different branches of the scientific community are getting really interested. Not that we need their approval to benefit, but it is extremely interesting to see what is being discovered.

  8. Nea March 6, 2011 Reply

    This is a great idea. You know, there is so much theoretical information available on the need to change our thoughts and beliefs. But what many people forget is that action steps are required. Maybe there are some people out there who can magically change the way they think/feel without any effort, but most people require some practical advice on how to get started. You’ve done well with that.

    • Jonathan March 6, 2011 Reply

      Thank you so much Nea, for me it’s always been about the practical side. The mind, body, and emotions are all wired together in a very complex system of feedback loops. Working with holistic approach just seems the most reasonable approach.

  9. Dandy March 6, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathan,
    This absolutely works. Years ago a therapist told me about this. Once I implemented it I found that things were changing for me in good ways. Even when I feel exhausted, dragged down, depleted – I change my thoughts to more positive ones and I feel so much better. We have a lot more control than we gives ourselves credit for. Thanks Jonathan!

    • Jonathan March 6, 2011 Reply

      Greetings Dandy, yes, we certainly do have a lot more control than we gives ourselves credit for. The role of the mind and our beliefs about what it is capable of has always fascinated me.

  10. David Stevens March 7, 2011 Reply

    Thanks Johnathan,
    Certainly the power of positive suggestion via verbalising positive thoughts does work. I have always been amazed at people’s responses to “How are you?”….commonly “not too bad”, “could be worse”. Put a little ‘pep’ in to your response e.g “I’m great” (my favourite), “feeling fantastic” etc,and it gives you a lift and creates/re inforces a positive behaviour. On the ‘beliefs’, many that we hold are out of date, no longer serve us. The need to do a periodic audit of our beliefs is a must.
    Be good to yourself

  11. Kevin March 1, 2012 Reply

    Thank you for including inspired action for changing belief systems! So often, all I read about is setting new intentions or changing thought patterns. While I agree that both are very useful, sometimes the body needs to show the mind how to be. When we use our awareness, through the present moment, often times we receive intuitive guidance or hunches on what we should do to affect change. Inspired action is important because it demonstrates our beliefs in a very tangible way.
    Thanks again,

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