The phrase "I'll believe it when I see it" is one of the most incorrect statements that we use. You don't see things and then believe them, you believe things and then you see them.
How is this true?
Well your eyes don't actually see, your brain does. Your brain is processing information all the time, both the internal and external happenings. In fact, there is so much information passing through your senses that it is impossible for your brain to process it all. Therefore your brain has to delete, distort, and generalize incoming information to understand it. So when you "see" something it is being filtered through your beliefs, past learning, habits, biases and preferences. Your reality, therefore, is based on your beliefs.
I still don't get it, how do my beliefs create my reality?
You have a subconscious mind that has more power over you that you realize. The subconscious mind is the part of your brain that is processing trillions of bits of information every second without your conscious awareness. So while you may be consciously solving a problem or thinking about something, your subconscious is processing all the things you do without thinking like digesting your food, pumping your blood and storing all your beliefs and habits. Think of it like a ginormous memory bank. It is from the subconscious mind that you operate form 95% of the time. All of who you believe yourself to be is based on the beliefs you picked up over your lifetime and it is dictating your behavior, focus and reality.
Ok, so what is reality?
Well the dictionary defines reality as "everything that is and ever has been whether or not it is observable or comprehensible." In NLP reality is defined by understanding the concept of "perception is projection." In other words, your outer world, or your reality, is a projection of what is happening for you inside (your inner feelings, thoughts, beliefs and values). Now, many will reject this idea completely and say "I see the door, it's real and not in my head." Others will take it to the opposite extreme and say "everything is in my head and you are not real." My point is not to argue for either extreme, it is not an absolute truth it's on a spectrum. However, I do want to highlight that there is a very real mind-body connection that has a big influence on how you are perceiving your external world. For example, when you experience an emotion it is entirely internal, very real, totally in your control and affecting your behavior. That is where the work lies.
So what should I do if I want to change things?
Practice envisioning what you want consistently. Focus on what feels good and right to you. Think about the end result and don't get hung up on the details of how to get there. Re-frame your experiences to change your reality. Create the reality you want to live and see around you. Try hypnosis. Change your state, strategy and story. Practice better feeling thoughts, over and over. Ask yourself better questions. Step up your self awareness game.
You must believe something before you see it. Live your dreams and let reality catch up.
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