Negative beliefs, and how to overcome them

IT’S a hoary cliché that the mind is the most powerful part of the body, which is great when applied for our own highest good, but it can also be destructive, depending on our beliefs and how we apply them to our everyday lives.

We all believe in something things – ranging from Father Christmas as children to a god, religion or philosophy as we reach adulthood. And our beliefs shape our decisions on a daily basis.

But there are also other beliefs – around relationships, friends, food and our lifestyles that don’t always work for us. But until we become aware of them and how they are affecting our lives, we can never change them… or improve the quality of our lives.

In today’s blog we are looking at three – our beliefs around ourselves, our food choices and fitness levels.

  1. Self Beliefs

What do you believe about yourself? Do you believe you can achieve anything in your life or believe you have limited capacity and opportunity? Maybe you believe “money does not grow on trees” or that “kids should be seen and not heard”. Some of these are beliefs have been passed down from our parents, maybe from their grandparents…..and may not even be true!  But we still believe them because it’s “all we know” and learnt behavior. These self beliefs, if not uncovered and attended to, can have daily consequences on your life and the decisions you make – on a moment to moment basis.

  1. Food Beliefs

Do you believe that food is only for pleasure? Or maybe you believe food is medicine and can be indeed delicious and nutritious, as we believe The Body Camp ( here on Ibiza! Maybe you think that food is only for comfort and should be used for things like keeping you warmer in the colder months of winter or getting over a painful break-up? Another belief some people may have is eating animals is okay. Some people believe by reducing the amount of diary products consumed, they will have a more positive impact on the environment and the body.

  1. Fitness Level Beliefs

What you you believe about how fit and strong you are? Do you believe that you will never be able to run a marathon? Or maybe you think you are weak, unhealthy and unfit? Some people truly believe they are very overweight and fat – even whens it’s sometimes not true! However there beliefs are simply dictating the path of someone’s life.

So make time today and write down for each area listed above a new simple belief below. Here are some examples below:

  1. A GOOD Self belief – “I am enough, I love myself and value my life”
  2. A GOOD food belief – “I love to enjoy all foods in moderation, eat as natural as possible and only on occasion, I drink alcohol in moderation.”
  3. A GOOD fitness belief – “When I put the effort into my fitness for 10 minutes a day, I always feel the benefits and am happy I took action – instead of neglecting the body”.

My personal belief about YOU – reading this blog. You have all you need within you now to improve your life quality. So what do you believe?

Rick Parcell

Strategic Intervention Health Coach