Do You Believe You Can Change, Or Not

Personal growth and development is an ongoing process and many people seeking to make changes in their lives know that any success comes from changing their thought. But also many find this to be not as straight forward as they thought. With the movie, “The Secret” the Law of Attraction has been brought out and embraced by many, but the movie actually is just a basic introduction on the Law of Attraction not a full blown ‘how to’ course.

Unfortunately many are left thinking that all they need to do is think their way into any success or new life experience. Managing your thinking is a large part of how you make changes but not all there is to it. It does not help that some teachers just do focus on the changing of your thought without delving any deeper. This basic part of The Law of Attraction deals with only your conscious thought, but does not get into the power your unconscious thought holds over your everyday thinking, feeling and behavior.

One of the major factors that come into play when you are trying to change your thinking is with your unconscious thinking, and most importantly your beliefs. You have deep seated beliefs that have been established, mostly without your awareness, and are an integral part of your automatic operating system. These beliefs are how you have chosen to view yourself, the world, other people and everything that goes on around you. How you see everything, how you react to it and the actions you take are greatly regulated by a set of beliefs.

Now, you are probably aware of some of your beliefs, but just because you can’t describe them all does not mean they are not there. Many people either are not aware of the extent of these beliefs or they choose to ignore them hoping they can override them with changing their conscious thought, it usually doesn’t happen this way.

One of the beliefs that can have a profound affect on you relates to your ability to make changes. If you have been having difficulty making any changes you may be being blocked by your beliefs related to your ability to change or have anything better. Your beliefs are locked in to your automatic unconscious operating system, so everything you think is filtered through those resident beliefs. You can’t fool them or bypass them.

Here are some key questions to ask yourself, and you may know the answers by some feelings you’ve had without knowing exactly why you have had them.

  • Do you believe you can instigate change in your life or is that up to someone or something else?
  • Do you believe you are worthy of the changes you say you want?

If you can answer yes to either or both of these questions or you have a strong feeling that you can, you have beliefs that support those ideas. Giving those questions some deep thought, you should know if they are true for you, as you will likely have had related feelings in several areas of your life.

Here’s the bottom line, your thoughts and beliefs will determine the outcome of your efforts. The difference is that your conscious thoughts are visible to you and the unconscious is not. And the unconscious patterns such as beliefs have been verified and confirmed many times in your life, these are ‘known facts’ to your unconscious mind.

Day in and day out, these beliefs are there to filter and direct your thoughts, feelings and actions with regard to the specific belief. As you follow the direction of these automatic beliefs you are further validating them, thus providing them with more proof and power within your overall collection of thoughts.

All the efforts you want to make to changing your life will go in vain if you hold a belief that you can’t instigate change, that you are unworthy of the change you want, or that you must wait for it to be done to you or for you. If this is the case with you, you will need to address this belief before you can have, do or be anything different from what you experience right now. Your current experience is the result of your thinking, which includes your beliefs. Your current life experience is the evidence of what caused it.

So, if you have not been able to change after much effort, there is a reason. Some thought patterns are preventing it and it’s most likely unconscious beliefs. You can actually believe anything you want, you just need to know that you can and that you can alter the existing beliefs if you choose.

Your continued personal growth and self realization depends on a firm belief that you can instigate change yourself, and that all the power in the universe will support your thoughts just as it does the commands contained in a small seed The only difference is that you can change your thought, but the seed must stick with what it came with.


 “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.” — Anthony Robbins

John Halderman

I have studied many aspects of personal growth, spirituality, religion, physcology and philosophy for over 30 years. My writing and training reveals ideas and methods which assist with affecting the desired change and growth people want to live more happy and fulfilling lives. Much focus is on what can be done daily and the how it can be implimented for actual results as opposed to just collecting information.

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