14 May The Power of Belief (And the 3 Mindset Exercises to Master)
Never underestimate the power of changing your mindset. That’s the key to achieving what we once thought to be impossible.
On a cold day in 1954, a full-time student and self-trained runner earned his place in history.
The late Sir Roger Bannister ran a mile in Oxford, England – and became the first human to break through the four-minute barrier.
Talented runners in North America, Europe, and Australia had all been trying to break the 4-minute barrier since the late 1800s. But after Bannister’s breakthrough, it only took 46 days for another runner to accomplish the same feat. And the following year, three runners broke that 4-minute barrier in the same race.
Today, Bannister’s achievement is no longer perceived as a remarkable feat. Thousands of runners have achieved what was once considered an impossibility.
Yet, Bannister’s legacy lives on – extending far beyond the world of sports.
His story emphasizes the power of changing our mindsets. After other runners heard of Bannister’s achievement, they no longer believed that the 4-minute mile was impossible. If he could do it, so could they.
Stories Shape Our Beliefs
The story of the 4-minute mile also resonates with me on a personal level. You see, my beliefs about money once limited me in the same way.
Back in the 90s, I could never break the $250,000 ceiling. And no matter what I did, I hit similar numbers year-in and year-out.
I only achieved my breakthrough after one of my financial coaches helped me change my mindset.
By changing my beliefs about what was possible, I eventually increased my annual income by millions. Not by a few hundred dollars or a few hundred thousand dollars, but by several million.
That’s the kind of transformation I want others to achieve as well.
You see, changing your mindset changes what you believe you can achieve. It boosts your confidence and upgrades the kind of stories you tell yourself. That's the power of belief.
And most importantly, that psychological change leads to real and tangible achievements down the line.
Now, I’m aware that the two examples I’ve shared so far are quite dramatic. But the beliefs we’ve internalized can also hold us back in smaller yet significant ways.
For example, I also had longstanding hang-ups about my ability to write.
This mindset dated back all the way to junior high when my teachers thought I was too stupid for this reading class. How could I possibly write an entire book, let alone a good one?
The good news is that I eventually got over this self-limiting mindset. And I did it by looking at my book-writing aspirations in a different way:
What if I could just help one person with my book? What if I could actually build a community by sharing what I knew?
And with some help from my editor and publisher, I now have four best-selling books!
Here’s the thing…
At the end of the day, everyone has doubts about what they can achieve.
If you can change your beliefs and upgrade your story, however, you empower yourself. You create a positive change for yourself, your family, and your real estate investing business by changing your mindset.