Can You Believe That?
If a belief is not realized immediately in open deeds, it is stored up for the guidance of the future.
—William Kingdon Clifford
Uncovering Core Beliefs
Understanding how to achieve our ideal body condition is often a struggle because we:
- Haven't properly clarified the specific details we want our body to exhibit
- Are unsure that we can even attain that ideal body
- Are not deliberately controlling our thoughts about our body condition
- Primarily focus on what we don’t want or want to avoid regarding our body
- Doubt our worthiness or ability to deserve a strong, healthy, trim and attractive body
Many of these beliefs are not conscious to us, however they run us as if they are fact and reality. Our expectations hit a glass ceiling as to what we really feel we deserve or can obtain. In the next three Plays, you will uncover these beliefs and dispel misconceptions about what you want and learn new, powerful processes for being more conscious and deliberate about your beliefs. You will take charge of your thinking and apply intentional focus, allowing inspired action to help you move closer to your ideal and enjoy the journey toward experiencing your perfect body.
Retraining the Mind
It's time to retrain your mind to focus on what you do want and away from what you don’t want in your ideal body. You are going to practice intentional thinking, a method of consciously directing thought that not only makes you feel better, but aligns you with the results you want in getting that fantastic body so you can do more and live your life the way you want.
In the beginning, there is desire. You shape and adjust your desires based on personal preferences, both consciously and unconsciously. This thought process awakens certain beliefs about achieving your perfect body, and those beliefs are held as your personal truth. This set of beliefs orients your focus to whether or not you can attain your ideal state of physical well being, and as we covered in an earlier lesson, those beliefs are metered by your emotions.
For example, you have desires about how you want your body to feel and look, and you have your beliefs about your ideal body as well. When you doubt that you'll achieve that ideal body—for whatever reason—the beliefs driving that doubt give rise to negative emotions such as depression, frustration and resignation. With beliefs that bring about negative emotion, there is a tendency to dwell on excuses, shortcomings, lack of commitment, inability to solve how to get there, feelings of "not good enough," thus spiraling down into more of what you don’t want: failure of attaining the body that's right for you. Sound familiar?
People who foster positive beliefs around their desire attract inspired action which results in the achievement of their ideal. You know these people. They are the success stories, the healthy and vibrant centenarians, the couples who look amazing, the toned and strong people who seem to have great genetics on their side. To their core, they truly believe that their ideal body condition was the natural and logical next step. As a result, it’s easy for them to focus on experiencing prime physical well being because they believe their ideal is possible.
The key here is focus. Most of us don’t realize we can change our beliefs by changing our thinking.
But what are beliefs?
They are ideas, concepts or notions we agree or disagree with and hold as a personal truth until we say otherwise.
But what are ideas, concepts or notions?
Hence, if beliefs are really just thoughts we’ve chosen to agree or disagree with, we can change them.
See how we’re really the ones in control here?
When we intentionally focus on what we want, we feel better. We are excited. We are eager. And, with trust, we learn to enjoy the journey there more profoundly. We open ourselves to insights that inspire us to action. And when we achieve our goal, there’s nothing more satisfying because we know deep down that we were the creators from the very beginning. This is what Compass does for you: it gives you the framework to creatively shift your thinking so that it supports and pulls you toward what you want.
Belief Barrier Play
In this Play, you're going to learn a powerful process to uncover the limiting beliefs you have around obtaining your ideal body. In the next lesson, you'll do two more Plays that will help you reframe your limiting beliefs and write a new story that opens up the pathways to getting the body you want.
- Create a mind map of the negative beliefs and/or doubts that arise when you think about attaining your ideal body. Consider these questions to uncover your limiting beliefs:
- Why do I think I can't have my ideal body?
- What do I think I should look like based on my age?
- What are the conditions or challenges I face in attaining my ideal body?
- What am I saying about myself that is keeping me stuck?
- What am I saying about my ideal body condition that is keeping me stuck?
- Pay attention to what feelings come up as you do this Play.
- So you don't let the energy you stirred put you in a negative frame of thinking until you get the next lesson (which will do serious damage to the above limiting beliefs), take a few moments to read this Belief Promise from Compass (but do this AFTER you've completed this Belief Barrier Play.):
We promise that you will find your center. That you will realize that by taking the steps you are taking here in this Course and in this work, you are finally ready to elevate your outlook on regarding your ideal body. That you will become more excited, engaged and enthusiastic about what is ahead. That you will begin to feel better and experience signs of real relief that where you stand today is only temporary.
That you have learned so much about yourself, health and wellness, physiology, natural foods, healthy exercise, nutrients, and body image. That you truly feel self love and love your body right where it is right now, and that you understand that you are on a journey that is unfolding in perfect time and in a perfect way. All will be revealed to you, and you will realize very soon that where you are is a blessed place of learning and being.