4 Empowering Beliefs to Make Your Success Almost Inevitable
Beliefs can either limit us or enable us.
They influence our behaviors, our decisions, and therefore, our results and our lives.
We can’t choose to don’t believe in anything, but we can choose what to believe in.
Today I will offer you 4 empowering beliefs that you can incorporate to help you succeed and get what you want in your life.
Because most often than not, what stands in our way of getting what we want is our mindset.
As Tony Robbins says:
“Success is 80% psychology and 20% strategy.”
So to utilize your full potential you need the right mindset, the right set of beliefs.
The beliefs I’ll share with you will change your focus from limitations, to what you can do today to make progress on your goals, and help you present your best self at nearly every encounter with reality.
If you choose to adopt at least some of these convictions and use them on a regular basis (while deriving resolute certainty from them) your life can improve remarkably.
So let’s dive in.
The 5 Core Assumptions Around Beliefs
Before we get to the 4 powerful beliefs it’s important that you first understand and accept the 5 core assumptions around beliefs.
Only then you’ll be able to effectively implement any empowering conviction to your advantage.
The 5 assumptions are:
1 – They have a major influence on your results and quality of life – since they affect your behaviors and decisions.
2 – Beliefs are a choice. Even though we form many of our convictions unconsciously, you can still consciously decide what you believe in.
3 – What you hold as true, might be limiting you. Because beliefs come from your interpretation of reality, which can be accurate or inaccurate. So they serve us best as generalizations.
4 – Since we don’t know if our interpretation of reality is correct, your beliefs don’t need to be objectively true, nor to be accurate all the time (at least when it relates to your potential, capacity, and your goals).
5 – Your best strategy is to believe what moves you towards your goals. So choose beliefs that are useful to you and can help you make progress.
It’s worth noting, that if you feel any internal resistance as you’re reading the beliefs below, I suggest going through these assumptions again.
It’s essential that you agree with them to benefit from the 4 beliefs I will share with you next.
The 4 Empowering Beliefs That Will Help You Succeed
Some of the following beliefs may resonate with you, and some may not. Pick and choose.
Above all, make sure to implement at least the ones you think can help you the most. In some ways, they will complement and reinforce each other. Try them out and adapt the best you can.
Just keep in mind to don’t judge them on whether or not they are entirely accurate and objectively true. But rather if they can serve you well.
1º Belief: If I Put Effort Into Something, I Will Be Rewarded
“Once you start believing that your efforts will be rewarded, you will develop enough confidence to don’t be discouraged by the fear of frustration and failure.”
When you don’t believe you can get the result you want, or when you believe you can’t do something, why should you bother?
Whenever you think you won’t be rewarded if you invest time and energy into something, that will stop you from taking action. Or it will influence you to take lousy actions, inconsistently, and get lousy results.
Human beings do not invest consistent energy and massive effort in what they don’t think will yield a desirable result.
That’s why this belief is essential to master.
It’s so easy for us to stop ourselves from starting something important, from being consistent and taking massive action, when we don’t believe it will amount to something.
Tom Bilyeu calls this “The only belief that matters”.
Because once you instill in yourself this conviction, you will be committed to starting, committed to taking action. Willing to learn and find ways to overcome challenges because now you are certain you will be rewarded at the end of the process.
Implicit in this belief, is the obvious fact that it’s not about just any amount of applied effort, time and energy that will yield you a meaningful reward.
But with consistent focus, massive action, and disciplined practice, you can make huge progress on your goals and will get increasingly closer to achieving them.
Once you believe that if you invest time and energy into acquiring new skills, you will acquire them, and become better prepared to achieve your goals because of them, this will drive you to apply consistent effort and execute massively towards your goals. Now that your brain is certain of the reward it will get.
This means that what you don’t know, you can learn. No matter how hard or complicated it may seem.
And once you learn it you begin to develop useful skills, get momentum, and improve.
And that’s how you become more capable of meeting your objective.
2º Belief: I Am the Learner. I Can Learn and Become Good at Anything I Set My Mind to
“Anything you don’t understand yet becomes a challenge, and not a limitation. And that’s a powerful reframing that will help you overcome many obstacles.”
This enables you to focus on what you can learn in any situation.
No matter if you failed miserably, made embarrassing mistakes, or tried something many times and it didn’t work. Once you believe you are The Learner and can learn anything you set your mind to, you can learn from your mistakes and improve greatly.
Anything you don’t understand yet becomes a challenge, and not a limitation. And that’s a powerful reframing that will help you overcome many obstacles.
That also means that just because you’re not good at something now, it doesn’t mean you can’t become good or even great at it. With consistent focus and disciplined practice, you can.
I’m not telling you to simply believe you are the greatest at something, and that’s it. But rather, to develop the unshakable conviction that you can become good at anything you set your mind to.
The reason this conviction is worth developing is that you become acutely aware that you can develop new skills. And those skills will allow you to do things that you weren’t able to do before, things that will move you closer to your outcome.
So with this belief, when you meet adversity, your focus will be on learning new behaviors, habits, skills, and strategies to create new solutions and new results.
Because in essence, any problem or adversity that stands between you and your outcome, is a behavioral problem.
Once you manage to make the necessary adjustments in your behavior, it will consequently affect your results. The goal then is to make those adjustments until the reaction derived from a set of actions, is your final outcome.
I know this may sound a bit simplistic, and it’s not an easy process. What that means, is that once you believe you can learn to behave in ways that will enable you to develop the set of skills you need to accomplish your goal, you will learn those behaviors and create momentum.
Otherwise, you won’t act if you don’t believe your actions will result in meaningful progress or achievements.
So even if something seems impossible, too daunting, too complex, or too uncertain, know that you can learn about it and become good at it — if you are committed to making the necessary sacrifices.
I know I repeated this a few times already, but that’s because is very important to not only understand and agree with all of this but to make it stick in your mind so you can actually use it effectively and benefit from these distinctions.
The added benefit of this conviction is that it’s a statement about your identity.
And identity drives behavior.
Whenever you say or think, or believe something, that can be expressed as “I am…” or “I’m the type of person that…”, you will be conditioning those thoughts and beliefs to be a part of your identity.
One of the innate tendencies human beings have is to act in accordance with our identity — who we believe to be, and who we want to become, for instance. So once you believe you are the learner and that becomes tied to your identity, it will become automatic to act as the learner in most situations.
Believing this also allows you to build your self-esteem around learning and being the learner — instead of being successful, being smarter than someone else, or being the best at something.
Those are things you can’t control, but you can always decide to learn something and improve, no matter what the situation is, or how uncomfortable it is.
Then you’ll be playing a game that you can win.
3º Belief: My Past Is Not My Future. I Create My Future
Maybe you’ve heard this popular allegory of the baby elephant that is tied to a small tree.
It tries to get away from the tree, struggling to break either the tree or the rope, but it fails. After some attempts, it eventually gives up and accepts that as its reality and limitation.
Years pass, and that elephant is now a full-grown elephant, that can easily break that rope and walk away if it wanted to. But even when it’s tied to a small tree it still doesn’t walk away.
Because the elephant is conditioned to believe that it can’t break free, so it stays tied there.
Does that sound familiar?
I’m sure that similar situations have happened to you at some point in your life.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not claiming that you have the intelligence of an elephant. But rather, that human beings work the same way in that regard. This is called learned helplessness.
We all have invisible mental ropes that can hold us back at times.
The environment and circumstances can easily condition us to believe that if we’ve never been able to do something before, it means we can’t do it now.
Or maybe we’ve tried something a few times and continued to don’t get the results we wanted. Eventually, our tendency is to give up and accept that as the limit of our capabilities, as our fate.
But that’s usually not true, and believing that won’t help you — at all.
Choosing to believe that the past does not equal the future, is how you can break free from those self-imposed limitations, from that self-fulfilling prophecy.
You just have to choose to be more intelligent than an elephant.
How is that for making your ego help you break free from the past?
So remember that you don’t have to be like that helpless elephant in your own life.
“Your past can give you valuable distinctions and lessons, but it doesn’t control your present or your future.”
Even if you tried something a moment ago and it didn’t work, don’t give up saying you already tried, that there is nothing left to do, or that it will never work. Try something a little bit new and see if it will work now.
Test new things, learn new skills that can help you. And learn from others who’ve already done what you want to do. Adapt, and keep moving forward — keep learning.
For how long? The answer is simple and definite: Until you succeed.
Your past can give you valuable distinctions and lessons, but it doesn’t control your present or your future. It is just a reference, and not even an accurate one, necessarily. So don’t let it hold you down.
4º Belief: Everything Is My Fault
“Once you take ownership of anything that affects you, you immediately put yourself in a position to do something about it.”
We are so proficient at not taking responsibility for events in our lives. It’s alarming how easy it is to lay blame on others and on circumstances.
But whenever you don’t take responsibility for something that concerns you, you don’t learn and can’t grow.
Once we set out minds to blaming people and events, we can really get creative at finding persuasive excuses to justify our inaction, our helplessness. The thing about excuses though, is that for the most part, they’re valid.
Even if your excuses are valid, they still won’t give you the results you want. Period.
The antidote is to take extreme ownership. Once you believe everything is your fault, you can take responsibility for anything that affects you, and take action to change and improve.
I understand that the word ‘fault’ may have a connotation of guilt and of beating yourself up, but that’s not what I mean.
Believing everything is your fault doesn’t mean trying to solve every problem on earth. Neither torturing yourself over every problem too.
The level of intensity and harshness instilled in the phrasing is intended to help you become resolute when it comes to taking responsibility on all aspects of your life. Because once you set a high standard for that, the benefits are endless.
So you have to make a decision:
Do you want the comfort of excuses OR do you want the progress? Because you can’t have both.
And real progress only comes from lifting the heavy burden of responsibility.
Once you take ownership of anything that affects you, you immediately put yourself in a position to do something about it.
This means taking ownership of your problems, of your mistakes, of anything that went wrong for any reason.
No matter how many other people were involved, and how much of an influence they might’ve had on it. And it means taking ownership of the solutions as well.
Each of us has challenges and we all have our unique set of problems. Granted, some are worse than others. In any case, if you look for excuses and choose to blame other people or events, you will always find a plethora of excuses and who or what to blame — as easily as tying your shoes.
So even if you feel like the world is unfair and unjust… the hard and necessary question to ask is “so what?”. What are you going to do about it?
We all heard of people who’ve done so much with so little. People who overcame excruciating adversities. So no matter your circumstances or your excuses, learn from those who’ve done what you want to do, who thrived despite the odds. It all starts with taking responsibility.
Despite your environment, you must choose not to be a victim of circumstances, no matter how dire they may be for you.
So instead of blaming other people, circumstances, life or the universe, hold yourself accountable. Look for what you could’ve done differently in a situation, for what you can do better right now.
To do that, to take extreme ownership, you must be willing to be brutally honest with yourself and stare at your inadequacies. That’s how you find what is disturbing you or what it’s missing, so you can make it a “must” to change that in your life.
As hard and uncomfortable as that will be, it will massively benefit you in the end.
Bonus: Other 9 Beliefs to Help You Build Confidence and Achieve Your Goals
Beyond those 4 beliefs, I want to briefly offer you a few others, that can also be very useful in helping you create momentum and better results.
Here they are:
- Positive and massive change can happen in an instant, as soon as I decide, commit, and execute.
- I haven’t reached the limit of what I’m capable of yet. When I feel like I’m done, I’m only at 40% of my capacity.
- My weaknesses or disadvantages don’t matter, as long as I create outstanding results.
- There is always a way. I can always solve a situation if I commit myself to solving it.
- I don’t need to understand everything, to use everything.
- It’s possible to achieve my goals. I can achieve them. I deserve to achieve them.
- Nothing can stop me from achieving my goals. I’ll find a way or I’ll create the way.
- I can learn from every mistake, I can find leverage in every adversity, and I can overcome any challenge.
- Any failure is temporary. It’s part of the process to achieve my goal, I must learn from it and move quickly beyond it.
Your Turn: Decide, Execute and Adjust
Now it’s time to choose which of these convictions you will incorporate and live by.
To summarize, the 4 empowering beliefs we talked about are:
1 – If I Put Effort Into Something, I Will Be Rewarded
2 – My Past Is Not My Future. I Create My Future
3 – I Am the Learner. I Can Learn and Become Good at Anything I Set My Mind To
4 – Everything Is My Fault
And there are also the 9 others to choose from as well.
But no matter which ones you will use, remember that is key that you develop certainty around them.
The more certainty and energy you associate with any conviction, the more effective and reliable they will become.
And as you might have guessed, belief by itself won’t get you anywhere. Only hope and excitement, won’t get you anywhere.
It takes massive action, disciplined practice, and effective strategies to achieve your goals.
But constructive beliefs are the genesis of any progress and achievement. So choose to believe in what will enable you to move forward.
Which of these beliefs has resonated the most with you?
Tell me in the comments below!