Output is always determined by input.
In other words, your end result will always be determined by what goes into your work. (If you want to create the world's best cupcake, using inferior ingredients will result in an inferior cupcake).
Now that I have you thinking about what goes into the world's greatest cupcake, consider the ingredients (input) that goes into your mind on a daily basis. Whatever you put into your mind (or what has been put there in the past) is the basis for EVERY single choice you make in your life.
Where do the ingredients (input) for what we believe come from? From the time your infant self was brought home from the hospital, everything you believe today is based on what your parents/caregivers taught you. Your beliefs are the ingredients for your success (or lack of success).
Can we blame our lack of success in this lifetime on our parents or caregivers? Yes, you absolutely can blame someone else for where you are in your life, however, blaming will always keep you right where you are. Our parents teach us what was taught to them by their parents and this teaching method goes back every generation before that. The good news is, you can learn to break this cycle of beliefs to create the ingredients you need for your success!
Too often I talk to people who tell me they "want" to make changes in their life but when they discover the changes they desire must start with their beliefs, it’s often difficult for them to accept this reality.
Ask yourself this question, what do I believe about who I am? You don't even have to be able to answer the question because whatever is showing up in your life is your answer. If you’re unhappy with your career, health, relationships, financial success, where you live, spiritual connections, or just an uneasy feeling about your life in general, you will have the answer you seek about who you believe you are. Here is the good news: You have the power to change it all because you have the power to change the ingredients (input).
Stop to think about our daily choices of input: books, TV, social media, movies, music, radio, news, the people you surround yourself with. What was the last book you read? Did it inspire, motivate or empower you to make some desired changes in your life? How do you choose to spend your time; watching the latest TV reality series or spending time in quiet meditation to make a stronger spiritual connection to discover your soul's wants and desires?
What is the first thing you listen to every morning while you are preparing for your day? Do you listen to Constantly Negative News where you have no say about what is being absorbed into your subconscious mind or do you listen to peaceful meditative music meant to inspire, motivate and empower you throughout your day? What is the last thing you listen to before going to sleep at night? The last 20 minutes of mindful thinking will be taken with you into your subconscious mind as you sleep. Are you choosing to listen to something that will inspire, motivate and empower you or something that will leave you with a negative feeling?
Every choice we make about what we listen to, what we watch, who we surround ourselves with, why we chose the career we are in, our geographical location, our level of financial stability, what we eat (or don't eat) is based on what we believe about why we make that choice.
When you can ask yourself, "Is that true? Is what I believe to be true really the truth or is that merely something that was taught to me that I have never thought to question?" When you can answer this question without judgment or emotion, you'll find your beliefs will be put to the test. Should you choose to change your beliefs, thereby changing your current reality, you may soon realize that change can only take place when you change your input (ingredients) of thoughts or beliefs.
Changing any of your beliefs is very difficult to do on your own because we believe what we believe for a reason and we don't know what we don't know. Find someone you trust to work with who will challenge your current beliefs so that you can give yourself permission to change the ingredients you have used in the past to ingredients that you now realize will have a different effect on your level of success.
Whether you are making cupcakes or desire to change your reality, the outcome of both will be determined by the ingredients (input/beliefs) you choose to use.
Nancy Mueller ~ Mastering Your Beliefs Sensei
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