Why do you believe what you believe?
The other day I heard a funny story.* A man in Georgia dug to a depth of 100 feet and found traces of copper wire dating back to the early 1800’s. He came to the conclusion that Georgia may have had telephone service prior to the famous “first call” made by Alexander Graham Bell on March 10, 1876.
After hearing that news, an archeologist in Ohio dug 150 feet and found traces of optical fibers dating back to the late 1700’s. He concluded that they had digital telephone service in Ohio well before the people in Georgia had any telephone service at all!
Within weeks, an archeologist in Oregon couldn’t stand the suspense, so he dug to a depth of 200 feet and found nothing but dirt. His conclusion? Long before the people in Ohio or Georgia had telephones, Oregon had wireless service!
Of course, none of the preceding story is true… but it does remind us to consider the assumptions that shape our beliefs.
What do you believe to be unreachable in your life or business? What is the basis for that belief?
Until Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile, most people believed it was impossible.
Shortly after Bannister set the first sub-4 minute record, his record was broken. Then that record was broken again and again. Soon, the 4 minute mile became a standard, rather than something unreachable.
Self-limiting beliefs hold many people back. So how can you banish self-limiting beliefs?
Here are 5.5 steps that may help:
1) Write a limiting belief on paper.
2) List all of the reasons why you believe that to be true.
3) Find someone who is doing what you believe you can’t do. (If you can’t find actual evidence of it being done anywhere, then imagine someone doing it!)
4) Determine what they are doing that you aren’t doing today.
5) Make a list of the things you can do that will position you to succeed in that area.
5.5) Take that list and start with the one thing you can do today. Be consistent, grow into doing more, and get ready to be amazed!
*Note: This story, told to me by my preacher Randy Carter, is the kind of story that exists on the internet in dozens of different variations. If you know who originally authored it, I’d be happy to give proper credit!