“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford
So this post goes along with one I wrote on doing versus trying. I’ll do my best not to make this a snooze because there’s some science. I think it’s incredibly important, though ~ it changed the way I approach my life ~ which is why I’m writing about it.
A few years back, I was lucky enough to hear a neurologist speak. She’d been studying the brain for 30+ years and talked about the importance of words and how the language you use and the thoughts you have can impact the actions you take and the success you have in your life.
One thing she discussed was belief: in yourself, in your dreams, in your gifts and talents, in the future you want to have. According to my layman’s understanding, believing you can do a thing actually creates a biochemical reaction in the brain. It’s both a chemical and an electrical reaction at the cellular level. That reaction drives the mental processes that actually create behavior and motivation.
Why it matters if you believe
All that to say: if you believe you can do something, you are physiologically changing the odds greatly in your favor that you’ll accomplish your goal. The reverse is also true: if you believe you can’t, you’re creating negative chemical changes in your brain that will hinder you.
It’s a matter, she argued, of controlling your thought life. You, and only you, have the ability to accept or reject your thoughts. She went on to say that you must pay attention to what thoughts you’re letting take root because whatever they are ~ believe or don’t believe, positive or negative ~ they’re going to grow.
And the point is:
So, the next time you catch yourself thinking or telling yourself that you can’t do something, you don’t believe you have it in you, you won’t be able to achieve that, make a conscious choice to reject those thoughts/words. Replace them with thoughts & words that build up your belief in yourself instead.
Do you think it matters if you believe? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below.