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The Power in Your Beliefs with Brenda R. Bryan

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Your beliefs are the compass and the maps that guide you toward your goals. Perhaps, we can use them a bit more effectively to help get us where we want to go.

 

Do you realize how important your beliefs are? There is no more powerful directing force in human behavior than belief. The people who have changed history - Columbus, Copernicus, Einstein, Edison, Christ, Mohammed, and others like them - have been the people who have changed our beliefs. In many ways, the power that beliefs have over our lives defies the logical models most of us have. However, it is clear that powerful beliefs can affect us in equally powerful ways. 

 

Studies conducted by Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard-educated physician, have shown that the experiences of drug users correspond almost exactly to their expectations. People who were given sedatives, but were told that they were stimulants, behaved as if stimulated.  People who were given stimulants, but were told that they were sedatives, behaved as if sedated. This totally contradicted the specific designs of the medications, well beyond the already studied "placebo effect."

 

When you were a child, you didn't have much choice about your beliefs. Now that you are grown, it is a different story. So ask yourself, "What do I choose to believe? Do I choose beliefs that limit or support me? Do my beliefs turn on or shut off possibilities? Do they move me toward failure or success?"

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