Our Beliefs Affect Our Success

bring-joy-man-selling-orangesA man was selling oranges in the middle of a road. He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers. He put some signs along the road and spent the whole day praising the flavor of his wares.

Everyone bought from him and the man thrived. With the money he placed more signs on the road and began to sell more fruit. Business was growing fast!

One day his son – who was educated and had studied in a big city – asked him:

“Father, don’t you know that the world is going through very hard times? The economy of the country is in an awful state!”

Worried by this, the man reduced the number of signs and began to sell fruit of inferior quality because it was cheaper. Sales slumped immediately. 

“My son is right,” he thought. “Times are very hard.”

 Story by Paulo Coelho, NY Times best-selling author of The Alchemist

How are your beliefs affecting your success? Your mind is a powerful thing. The stories you tell yourself and the things you believe about yourself can either bring abundance or famine. Many of the limitations we face in life are self-imposed. Becoming aware of these patterns is the first step in turning things around. We are all a work in progress.

Are your beliefs serving you well? Identify limiting beliefs that may be holding you back and get rid of them!

  • Notice, increase your awareness about your own thinking patterns. 
  • Write down the limiting thought.
  • Now think about it and write down the opposite thought, one that is positive, abundant, and successful.
  • Repeat the positive thoughts to yourself- these are your affirmations.
  • You may even want to leave yourself positive notes around the house.
  • Consider guided imagery and meditations on success.
  • You can change the way you think. Yes! You can and you will!

“Change your thinking, change your life,” ~ Ernest Holmes.
“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right,” ~ Mark Twain.