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Do Your Beliefs Serve You Anymore?


“Give me a lever long enough and i will shall move the world” Archimedes

One of my weaknesses is the fact that i am a hard worker. Weakness you say? Isn’t that a good thing? Well its great to have a good work ethic and work hard to achieve your goals but its another thing to work smart. Working smart means making the best use of your time through leverage. Leverage of your time, leverage of your money and leverage of your skill and expertise.

I am a full time property investor and part of that entails renovating houses. This week  i spent a lot of my time demolishing walls, tiling floors and running cable…. that sort of thing.

I was in there pulling out nails from the existing beams in the house and suddenly realised how poorly i was using my time. Although i love working with my hands, carpentry is not my expertise so why was i busting my back doing something i could have paid an expert for?

I stopped and had a coffee to think about it and after a little contemplation i realised i was working hard and not smart. You see, beliefs get built into us as children by our parents and teachers – some useful and some not so useful. Working hard is an outdated belief and one that had to change because it just doesn’t serve me anymore.

Changing a belief doesn’t have to be a momentous occasion; its not about blaming whoever instilled the belief in you its just a case of taking responsibility to change it.

So when you come across a habit or a belief system that is not working for you simply take a minute and say something like this to yourself: “Thank you for supporting me with having this belief and it no longer serves me anymore and I am now choosing to move on and live my life without it.” Simple as that.

So i have changed that belief system and have decided that this will be the last time i do any physical work on a renovation. From now on i will be leveraging that portion of the project to one of my team so that i can focus on the things i am good at.

Try it out on some of your old belief systems that you have been carrying around all your life that no longer serve you.

Here is another example: Say you drink too much coffee and you know it is bad to drink more than a few cups a day. Your belief system probably sounds like this, “I cant do anything productive until i have my cup of coffee”.

So if that doesn’t serve you or your body, then change the belief to “I love to drink coffee on occasion and my motivation and enthusiasm comes from my healthy diet and drinking plenty of water”

Coupling a change in belief with a bit of leverage will  really change your life  – and all it took was a slight twist in your thinking. I would love to hear from you so let me know something that is not serving you anymore and what you can do to replace that belief



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3 Comments to

“Do Your Beliefs Serve You Anymore?”

  1. Avatar March 25th, 2010 at 8:07 pm Toni King Says:

    Hi Matt, that is so true. Our old beliefs have become so habitual that we just do them on auto pilot without questioning our reasoning behind them. Until, like you experienced, we have an aha moment. I believe our ‘aha’ moments are a result of our subconscious feeding us awareness, once we have mentally chosen to seek it. We need only desire change or answers, to receive them. Awesome post Matt, as usual 🙂
    Cheers Toni
    .-= Toni King´s last blog ..Surrogate Healing with EFT =-.

  2. Avatar March 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am Linda G. Cox Says:

    I think when ever we are overcoming any bad habits – this is the way to do it! One of my bad habits that I overcame was eating too many sweet treats. I was addicted to sugar, I have skinny genes so I didn’t have any motivation to get control of my eating. When I realized that my health depended on it, I decided to get control of the food I consumed. It was a lot of work. I compared it with my mom who quit smoking. I know it is different, but it took me months with no sugar to get control! I knew someday I’d eat sugar again, but my goal was to eat 2 cookies and no longer obsess about eating the rest of the batch. I filled my mind with positive, in control affirmations throughout the day – first thing that I said when I woke up and last before I went to sleep. Now that I’ve overcome, I can help others realize they can too!
    .-= Linda G. Cox´s last blog ..Power of Thoughts and the Written Word =-.

  3. Avatar April 2nd, 2010 at 8:34 am Darlene Davis Says:

    The idea of not making a change in your belief system a big momentous occasion is what really struck me. Simply applying a strong affirmation and moving on is the key.

    I never thought I had a strong ability to write. The first 10 blog posts were real struggles. Then I decided to make a game out of it and pretend I was having a conversation with a friend. It has gotten 80% easier to write, now. This Spring I plan to take a writing class.

    Love your ideas. You always hit a home run!
    .-= Darlene Davis´s last blog ..Multiple Sclerosis – Living Above The Fear =-.

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Matt worked in the theatre industry as a lighting technician for over 15 years. Although the work was satisfying and allowed him to explore his creative talents, Matt was ruled by the need to swap his time for money to survive.

In 2005, Matt quit the theatre industry to educate himself in property investing and personal development. Since then has created his own property networking group that has over 200 members and now invests full time in property and internet marketing.

On his journey from paid employee to entrepreneur, Matt has discovered that personally developing himself and creating a winning mindset was critical to achieving any and all of his dreams and goals.

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