The Vicious Circle of Beliefs

Our beliefs shape everything.

Take a look at this simple circle.

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It starts with a belief that you have.

That belief causes you to take a certain action.

That action produces a certain result.

Because of that result you have a certain belief.

And the circle goes round and round.

As always, there are both fitness principles and life principles with this.

Let’s first look at two fitness examples, one negative, one positive.

Suzie has this belief that she can’t do anything at the gym, that she won’t be able to keep up, and that she’s going to get hurt.

That belief, causes an action.

That action is to not join a gym, to not workout.

That action produces a result, which happens to be weight gain.

That result then reinforces the belief that she can’t do anything, etc, etc.

Until Suzie changes her belief that circle is going to keep going around and around.

On the flip side, let’s say Suzie has a belief, a vision, that she is going to get 10 workouts in January.

She’s positive about, she’s knows it won’t be easy, but she believes she can do it.

That belief causes her to take action and show up to the gym once.

That action builds motivation for her to keep showing up.

Suzie now gets a great result, and her positive belief that she can get results, and it continues to reinforce the positive action.

The difference between the two scenarios?

A different belief.

If you want a different result, you need a different action, and if you want a different action you need a different belief.

Let’s look at a couple non-fitness examples.

Let’s say you have a grudge with a co-worker.

You have a belief that they are slacking and not pulling their weight.

That belief is going to cause you to have a different action towards them.

The action may be negative feedback, or it may just be ignoring the person.

Because you did that it will reinforce the result that they are not pulling their weight and doing their job because that’s all you can see.

That result reinforces your belief that they are not a good team player.

Instead, going into it with a positive belief that this person is doing great work and maybe they’re just having a bad day.

That belief then changes your action to get curious and see how things are going with the person, maybe you grab lunch with them.

That action produces a better result because you had the opportunity to understand each other better and you see that they are actually a great team member.

That result reinforces a belief, which continues to guide your actions towards them, which leads to a certain result.

You can role play this circle with relationships, parenting, your career, financials, or your fitness.

The important thing to remember is it all starts with your belief.

If you want to change the result you first need to change your belief.

Does that make sense?

Just reply if you have questions, and I’d love to hear how you use this circle of beliefs in your life.

1% Better.

Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling