How to Turn Setbacks Into Springboards
Alan Tutt, Author of
Napoleon Hill said many times, "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."
Motivational speakers will often tell you, "If life hands you a lemon, turn it into lemonade."
Is this really possible?
Let me ask you a question.
Do you believe that negative events can be used for positive purposes?
If not, you've failed before you've even begun.
The reason being that none of us will put forth any significant effort to accomplish something we believe cannot be done.
And you'll never succeed at something you never try.
Do you believe you're the type of person who can turn any situation into one that leads to a happy ending?
Here again, if you don't believe this, then your tendency to shy away from such opportunities will limit your ability to succeed.
As you can see, your beliefs determine a large part of your success in life simply because they influence your decisions and actions, which lead to either positive or negative results.
Most of our beliefs were picked up at random from our parents, teachers, and other adults as we grew up. While many of these beliefs are beneficial and help us cope with life, many other beliefs sabotage our ability to get the things we want.
In order to grow past our conditioning, we must take conscious action to reshape our belief systems so we make better decisions, take better actions, and get better results.
So what beliefs help you turn setbacks into springboards?
As the questions above indicate, the first (and most important) beliefs are that it's possible to do so, and that you're the type of person who can make it happen.
It's also important to believe that if you don't already have the skills to accomplish something, that you can pick them up easily enough, or that you can find someone to help you.
When you believe that you're an expert on a topic, your inner mind will often pull together details you may not consciously remember so you CAN perform at a higher level.
And of course, other beliefs directly relating to what you're doing will also help you perform at a higher level.
Now for the big question. HOW do you change what you believe so you can use any situation to get what you want in life?
There are a wide variety of techniques that work.
Affirmations, visualization, self-hypnosis, subliminal recordings, and more have been used to produce positive results.
And while these old techniques have worked well for many folks, combining them with newer techniques from NLP make them work considerably better.
For instance, affirmations may not work at all when used in the usual way, but combine them with an NLP concept known as "pacing and leading" and you have something that can make radical shifts in a very short period of time.
In other words, rather than simply repeating a single statement you would like to believe, add a few statements representing things you already believe, and your belief in these other statements gets transferred to the new belief statement automatically.
And visualization can be improved when you made adjustments based on the NLP concept of submodalities.
This one is more difficult to describe, but the basic idea is that your mind associates certain characteristics of an image with truth or "not truth".
For many folks, an image that is larger, brighter, more focused, and "front and center" in their minds is much more believable than one that is smaller, darker, fuzzy, and off to the side.
Whatever technique you use to build your belief in yourself and the possibilities that exist around you, doing so will guarantee that you'll experience success a lot more often.
Alan Tutt, author of Choose To Believe: A Practical Guide to Living Your Dreams, is one of the foremost authorities on the Power of Belief. While this topic is normally thought of in spiritual terms, the Power of Belief is also vitally important in all areas of life, even from a practical viewpoint.
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