Only two things make up your life, your reality. They are:

1. Your Beliefs
2. Your Actions

That’s it. So if you want to change your life, change your thoughts and then your actions. Pretty simple uh? Simple yes…easy, not so much.

In this article we’ll look at beliefs, since everything starts with thoughts and thoughts come from beliefs.

Your beliefs form your reality, your individual beliefs as well as the cumulative beliefs of society. The intensity of a belief is extremely important as to how much a “hold” it has on you and how easy it is to counter and neutralize.

If you believe that people are good and will treat you kindly, they will. If you believe that the world is against you that will be your experience. And if you believe that you will begin to get “old” and deteriorate at age 30, you will.

If you believe that you are poor and will always be poor, your experience will prove it to you. Your beliefs smack you right in the face when you look in the mirror. They form your image…you cannot escape your beliefs. They are the process by which you create your experiences.

So where do beliefs come from?

In looking at the writings of mystics, sages, philosophers and more recent NLP studies, here are 10 mental strength principles that will help you understand and question your beliefs.

1. Childhood experiences: Based on early life experiences, especially with our parents, teachers and other “authoritative” figures, we develop believes about who we are and who we are in relation to the rest of the world.

2. Your beliefs create the results, circumstances and experiences of your life. Regardless of what you believe you want, you will find a way to create congruence between your results and your underling beliefs

3. Important negative emotional experiences create beliefs that are not supportive and can cause you to focus on what you do not want. Since the mind takes whatever you focus on as a “command” to create it, having beliefs that are not supportive is not very resourceful.

4. To get what you want, you must focus on what you want and have the beliefs that tell your mind to create the results that are in alignment with those supportive beliefs

5. Since everything is true to the person who believes it, as sessing beliefs on whether they are true or false is not that helpful. Conscious and evolving people evaluating their beliefs based on whether or not they are supportive to the life they are intending to create.

6. The most effective way to replace disempowering believes is to take the perspective of a “witness.” By watching and observing your beliefs and action from this perspective causes whatever is disempowering to gently fall away, and whatever is empowering to stay.

7. Once you take on this process, you can then consciously choose a more resourceful belief that creates a supportive environment that is in alignment with your desired results.

8. The first step in replacing your automatic and unconscious and non supportive is to actually discover what your core beliefs are.

9. The most effective way to determine your core believes is to examine the results you're getting. Your results never lie. If you don’t like your results, check the beliefs around those results.

10. As long as you continue to hold the same beliefs, you will continue to get the same results. Einstein once said: "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." There is no way to continue to hold the same believes and get different results.

11. To adopt a new set of beliefs, focus on it as often as possible in every way you can think of, preferably for at least 5 minutes of undisturbed time a day.

So, there you have it, simple - right? Now you have the 11 mental strength secrets to examining and recreating your beliefs.

If the task seems a bit daunting, just take one small part of your life you’re not exactly happy with…start with something small. Apply the above 11 tips until you achieve what you want, then move on to something a bit bigger.

Keep doing this until you have mastered this process. Don’t think you can? Maybe it’s time to examine THAT belief!

Author's Bio: 

Gregg Swanson is a mental strength coach and owner of Warrior Mind Coach and Training. To receive a complimentary copy of his e-book “How to Create Warrior Mind Strength” please visit: