What Were You Told As a Kid?

by Elly Hurley on 19 April, 2012

We all have beliefs, many that are formed when we are very young. Our beliefs are what shape us and how we live, most are positive however some can also be extremely limiting and stop you doing what you need to do.

The question is, how do we form our beliefs and more importantly can they be changed. Let’s start with the good news, yes a belief can be changed.

Your beliefs guide your behaviour and therefore your actions. A couple of beliefs I’ve grown up with are, “Your have to finish what’s on your plate”, and “Skinny people aren’t healthy”.

As you can see these aren’t the best beliefs to have when you want to make changes to the way you look. So what did I do? It would be remiss of me not to let you know here I am a Master Practitioner of NLP, Time Line Therapy® and Hypnosis, because there are certain techniques and interventions I learnt during this training that I have been able to use. But don’t worry because these are included in our program.

Now, back to what I did. Firstly I identified my beliefs and what behaviours I had developed as a result of them. I then came up with a system to ensure I was able to change my behaviour. A couple of examples are, I got rid of things in the pantry and fridge that I’d be tempted by and I use smaller plates. I guess you could say I tricked myself visually with smaller servings on a smaller plate, and it’s worked a treat.

When you want to change anything it’s about planning, put things in place before you start to make it as easy on you as you possibly can. You don’t want to be having continuous internal battles with yourself and relying on your willpower (well not all the time, there will be times you need to call on your willpower and you need it to be strong and willing but that’s another topic), so understanding what affects your behaviour and causes you to act allows you to put systems into place to encourage how you actually want to act.   

And where did this all come from today. When I was at the shops I overheard a mother telling her kids they needed to finish the food on their plates if they wanted a sweet and it took me straight back to my own childhood. And guess who loves their sweets……

What takes you back in time? Something to ponder, night all xx

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– Co-Founder and Creator of Binspired2.

Elly Hurley, mentor, author and coach. She has studied and observed cognition and behavioural sciences for over a decade and is considered an expert on human behaviour and personal transformation. A specialist in entrepreneurial business, internet marketing and sales psychology, her expertise give an unbeatable blend of psychology and internet marketing.

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