Is Success Created by Luck or A Belief?

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be able to turn everything they touch into gold; while others seem to be doomed to fail even before they begin?  If they succeed, we think that they have all of the luck in the world.  We probably say something like, “You are such a lucky guy!  You certainly have the Midas touch.”  If they don’t succeed exactly as planned, we think that they may not have tried hard enough or planned well enough.  Then our response may be something more like, “That’s too bad! Oh well, try again another time and maybe things will work out.”

Susan_Karim-150x150What do these statements say about us? They show insight into the beliefs that are behind our thoughts. It’s presumed that we have no control over the outcome of any situation; how else can you explain the word “luck”?

Have you ever heard wealthy people say these things? How about CEO’s?  Do you think that they lead their companies by a roll of the dice? I’m sure you would agree that they would be fired immediately if they were discovered to be relying upon sheer luck.

What is it that successful and wealthy people are doing? Upon close examination, you will find there is really only one difference – their beliefs!

If you believe that the outcome of what you are doing depends strictly on luck will lead to exactly that result. Some things will turn out exactly the way you wanted, and some won’t. As a result, you would have “proof” that the results of what you do in your life are dependent upon dumb luck. As long as you believe this “truth”, it will stay that way.

Can a Simple Belief Create Such a Different Reality in Our Lives?

Yes, it can!  And in a most profound way that can be described in modern science as the quantum effect. To understand what is meant by this, let’s take a look into how a belief works.

Exactly What is a Belief?

According to the dictionary a belief is:

1. something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat.
2. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief.
3. confidence; faith; trust: a child’s belief in his parents.
4. a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith.

There are several words in these definitions that merit a closer look in order to understand how beliefs work:

* opinion
* truth
* confidence

Definition #2 gives us good insight:  “confidence in the truth of existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.” In other words, we make an assumption. We assume that something is true long before we have proof.

How Does Something Become the “Truth”?

When you watch or listen to the news, do you believe everything that is reported?  Interestingly enough, each person hears it differently and believes it differently. Some people believe everything they hear or see, some believe only a part of it, and some believe it only when it comes from the mouth of someone they deem to be “trustworthy and reliable”.

How Do We Get The Proof?

Tell me, can you prove that it’s 11:00am? Maybe you look at your watch. If you are not sure if your watch is accurate, you may look at your computer or check your cell phone to verify the time. Does this prove that it’s 11:00am? Not at all, you are just believing it!

The same is true with our beliefs; they become our self-fulfilling prophecies. When you make up a belief, your brain assumes that it is true, without ever having proof.

Now comes the scientific part of it. The moment you generate a belief, your consciousness creates a new set of  probabilities in your life. These new probabilities, in turn, create a set of new realities. It is at this moment, whether consciously or unconsciously, that you have opened a new door that contains the probabilities to manifest exactly what it is that you believe.

Think of it like sending out a new radio frequency and you have to wait until it finds its resonator. The moment the resonator is found it transforms from a possibility into a reality and, like magic, your belief is manifested.

How Does This Translate Into Our Dreams?

At its core, a dream is nothing more than a belief. It’s not bigger or greater than any other belief, just different. To make one of our dreams come true, we must believe in it with our entire being.  If we want to manifest a different outcome in our lives, we need to change our beliefs. How?  By replacing the old beliefs with new ones.

Remember, beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies. You created the belief and it cannot be changed if you don’t claim ownership of it. During the course of your life, you may have opted to take a chance on someone else’s beliefs. Realize, however, that you made the conscious decision at some point or another to make it your own belief. Suddenly, you come to the realization that you just created a new belief, but it’s just as easy to change it. Be proactive and just do it!

Every appliance in our homes comes with an operating manual and troubleshooting guide to help us diagnose or fix any problem we may encounter.  Unfortunately, we don’t come with a human operating manual. We come into this world with no clue whatsoever. Hopefully, this is changing, and soon we will be able to give our children a handbook on how to successfully master life. Even more important, a way to guide and support them so that they can see their dreams turn into reality.

Susan Karim

Time Management and Personal Effectiveness Coach

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