The late, incomparable Stirling Moss, once pondered if a person concentrated his entire being, every ounce of his available energy, intelligence, and will, mental, physical and emotional, would he be able to find a way to walk on water.
Some of Moss' achievements stretched the credulousness of his rivals, who did not believe he could do what he sometimes did.
Friend, good morning.
The response to the recent mails has been very heartening. More people are interested in the qualities of belief, courage, determination, application, and how they can be learned, developed, and applied.
In a world run by systems, techniques, strategies and tactics and technology, it's refreshing to read mails from people who retain their faith in the value of human qualities to implement them.
No doubt about it, it all comes back to people, doesn't it?
'You'd better believe it!'
Rings a big bell, that, doesn't it?
That's usually said when something that has been declared.
It emphasises the belief that it should be noted, and taken seriously, that is, believed.
And that's the significance of Belief.
Anything that we do in life, anything, needs a fundamental belief.
Belief is the foundation of every thought, every action, every hope or aspiration that we have.
When we change, it's usually because there's a change in some belief we've harboured for a time. The belief changes, and that reflects in our thinking and feeling and subsequent action.
An example would be when an undertaking is guided by doubt, which is just a negative belief. We then focus on the difficulties, the obstacles, that may present themselves.
This can guide us into focusing on the power and the strength of the obstacles.
This focus can overestimate the difficulties and underestimate our ability to deal with them.
It's one of the challenges of being human.
We can have a great idea, begin to think about it as a possibility, something we could do. Then possible difficulties arise in our imagination.
We focus on these difficulties, we build them up and become overwhelmed by them. When this happens, it turns our original aspiration into a source of potential disaster, or humiliation, or ridicule, or failure, or embarrassment, and we drop it.
We don’t even try to do what we know in our hearts that we might.
What has happened is that our original hope has been allowed to become a failure in our imagination.
Instead of entertaining the belief of what we might do, we have focused on what might happen to us. The power of doubt has been allowed to overwhelm us. Our belief has changed.
This can happen gradually, or in the beat of a heart.
And it's not new. As you’ve read here before, Shakespeare mentioned this over 400 years ago, when he stated:
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might gain, by fearing to attempt.”
On the other hand, a belief in what we are attempting, can give us tremendous energy.
The thought that what we are attempting can become reality is one of the great driving forces known to humans.
Recent research now indicates very strongly how heredity as an influence on our lives has been overestimated.
It is now more broadly believed, and growing, that we can exert much more influence on our lives than we previously thought we could.
Research has shown that the power of perception, and the creation of an environment, can be used to shape our beliefs, our thoughts, our lives.
There is widespread use of the word 'neuroplasticity'. This is the capacity of the central nervous system to connect with new neural pathways.
It indicates that we can exert the influence on our minds and lives that were not thought possible previously.
In his wonderful book, 'The Biology of Belief', Dr. Bruce Lipton writes about how every cell in the body is affected by what's going on in the mind. He shows ideas and ways that this has been done and how it can become the New Frontier of Development for the Human Race.
Like all Human skills, this too has its fundamentals.
What this research and development does do is open the door to all kinds of possibilities.
And you'd better believe it.
In the world today, the value of developing useful belief can not be underestimated. This Autumn, the workshops will show how to seek, find and develop the belief system to suit your individual or group purpose.