What is a belief?
Merriam-Webster's defines it as:
1: a state or habit of mind in
which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
Beliefs are very powerful and are quite often the software that runs our lives -- for better or worse. But there's a problem with beliefs. Many of us don't realize that our beliefs are just a thought that has been programmed into us by a parent, teacher, coach or even a TV show. Because many of us have had a certain belief for so long, we think it is the truth. In reality, it's not truth, it is just a belief or merely a thought. When you become aware of the fact that your belief or thought can be changed at any time, this knowledge can create dramatic changes in your life.
When you think about the ramifications of some of our beliefs, it can be quite astounding. If, for example, you believe that you are someone who always struggles financially, that means you'll have a tough time making ends meet, resulting in a tough road for your entire family. If you think that you will never find the spouse of your dreams, you will be right.
We can never rise above our own beliefs or thoughts, so if you believe that you will always be an angry or depressed person, you will, in fact, be just that. But there is a silver lining in what I've just said: When we become aware of the beliefs that are limiting our quality of life, we can change them to beliefs that can take us to wherever we want to go in life.
There is a Silver Lining!
Want more money, a better relationship, better health? You only have to change a belief. Yes, it really is that simple. The only difference between the life of your dreams and where you are right now is your beliefs. If, for example, you aspire to a life like Oprah's or Warren Buffet's, you will probably have to challenge some of your beliefs and change them to be more congruent with what Oprah or Warren Buffet believe.
But before I explain how, let me tell you a few more things about beliefs.
Many times we don't even know we have a belief about something. An example I love to tell is a story about a grandmother, daughter and granddaughter cooking a holiday dinner at the granddaughter's home. The mother was helping the granddaughter prepare a ham. The granddaughter was about to cut off each end of the ham before throwing it in a cooking pot.
But this time was different, because the granddaughter decided to ask her mother why she was taught to cut off the ends of the ham before cooking. The mother wasn't exactly sure, but knew where to go for the answer - her own mother.
The grandmother's response was quite funny and a revelation. She laughed as she told her daughter when she was growing up they could never afford to buy a big enough pot for the ham!
So two generations later, the mother and granddaughter had an ingrained belief that you had to cut the ends off of a ham before you cook it.
Are you perhaps cutting off the ends of your ham or parts of your life and you don't know why?
It is a similar story with most of our beliefs. My business partner Jeff and I like to say that life is "All Made Up." It is all made up. And then we believe what someone made up for so long that it becomes a truth to us. Sort of funny when we look at it this way, isn't it? Not only is it not a truth -- it was just someone's belief that they made up.
You can create whatever life you want!
You can make up whatever belief you want and create whatever life you want. Please reread that last sentence because it is a very important point. The only thing you have to do is become aware of the beliefs you have now that are holding you back from living the life of your dreams. Then change them to ones that transform your life for the better.
If you're one of the people who has read every Self Help, Positive Attitude and Law of Attraction book under the sun and are still not quite getting traction in your life, then this could be the most important information you will ever read. And it just may jumpstart you into changing one simple belief that will empower you into the most joyous and abundant life you can imagine. You're only one belief away from your ultimate life.
So what is our simple system for helping us all to change one belief that could transform your life?
Since time began and man lived in caves millions of years ago, we have been communicating through stories. Many of us learn best through stories rather than lessons or more formal instruction because we all remember a good story. A story that can touch your heart, make you cry or laugh uncontrollably connects to us our feelings, so the associated story is indelibly etched into our minds. Maya Angelou said, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Emotional stories etched into our brains are a powerful way to learn.
Stories are the cornerstone of our society. That's why Jeff and I are currently writing and publishing a powerful and inspiring book of stories called Change One Belief -- Inspirational Stories of How Changing One Belief Can Transform Your Life.
And here's your chance in life to step up to the plate and shine.
We are still taking story submissions for the book and you still have time to submit your story. We all have a story where we have changed a belief that was keeping us from living the life we truly desire. What belief have you changed that has transformed your life?
If you truly want to be a part of an Amazon Best-Selling book, it is time for you to write and submit a 300 to 1,000-word story about how your life was transformed by changing one simple belief. Being a coauthor of a Best-Selling book can give you instant credibility, celebrity and expert status. You have nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain.
There is no cost to you if your story is picked for the book, but we are very fussy about the stories we accept for the book. They must be top-notch; the bar will be set very high. Having said that, don't dismiss yourself as a possible coauthor because you think that you don't write that well. We will be including 60 to 80 stories in this book.
If your story is a good story but needs work, we can edit it to make it worthy of such a powerful and life-changing book. So I'm saying anyone with a story should submit it, because you never know -- you might just end up a coauthor.
Go here for Submission Guidelines
Jeff and I know real-life stories
we can all relate to and resonate with will help so many people
challenge their antiquated beliefs. Think of the many who'll
be free to lead abundant and happy lives!
I know that you will resonate with many of the stories between these covers about people just like you who have dared to change a belief and had the course of their lives altered very quickly for the better. When we see others change course and see such dramatic successes by changing a belief, we see that maybe, just maybe, that is a belief that we can change as well.
A Bit of Background About Expert Author Publishing
The publishing world is in a state of flux - no one seems to know where it's going, and very few people except top best-selling authors are making any money at it. Expert Author Publishing is different. Focused on print-on-demand and internet marketing, EAP gets authors noticed, actively selling their books and using them to propel their businesses to new heights.
Here is your chance to be part of the wave of transformation that is taking place not only in the publishing business, but in changing the way people perceive our world, empowering them to make inspired choices.
Expert Author Publishing has the clout and the mechanics to make any book an Amazon Best-Seller and Number One in Its Category. They offer three writing packages, and Best-Seller status is included in the most expensive of the three. But you, for the "price" of writing one story, will achieve this status with "Change One Belief!" PLUS: They not only teach you how to make money selling your book in back-of-the-room sales, find speaking venues, leverage your book and other expertise into money-making products, but working with them, you'll learn:
Should your story be chosen, you'll be in the very best of company with a front-row view of the Expert Author Publishing marketing machine at work - a machine that has propelled many authors into bestseller status and launched them as speakers. If you'd like to further your writing career, the products these authors spin off from books come in every price category, enticing people to step up into services you provide on many levels. You'll learn firsthand how proper titling, positioning, marketing and distribution can make or break any book.
Tip for Getting Your Story into "Change One Belief"
Only the very best heart-rending, emotionally cathartic or laugh-out-loud funny stories will be selected. Submission is absolutely free.*
The Change One Belief anthology is guaranteed to be propelled into Amazon Bestseller Status and Number One in its Category. Be in the company of movers and shakers who make an impact on our world. This is a great opportunity to propel yourself into Expert Published Author status!
Story Guidelines / Questions to Ask Yourself:
Go here for Submission Guidelines
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