I was reading a study where people were given the opportunity to buy the exact same pain-killer, but packaged in different ways and costing different amounts of money. They then followed up to see which drugs worked more effectively, and discovered that the more expensive the drug, the better people ‘believed’ it worked.
Think about that. We buy a more expensive version of EXACTLY the same pain-killer, and because we believe it’s better … it is better!
Belief is probably one of the most powerful predictors of success I can think of.
Want to lose weight? If you believe you can do it and believe in a programme, you are half way there.
Want to become a more patient parent? You need to believe you can be more patient.
Want to change a habit? Belief is critical.
You can achieve things you never thought possible.
You just need to believe in yourself.
The issue with belief, is so many of us have stopped believing we can. Which means that we believe we CAN’T, and changing what we believe is incredibly hard. Our self-talk is incredibly powerful.
Often believing comes from small successes, so if you are struggling with belief start by setting a really small, short-term goal (maybe 3 weeks away) and work on it every day.
You will nail it.
I know you will, because I believe in you!