How to Change Your Beliefs (And Why You Should Want To)

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Are your beliefs getting in the way of you living your best life? Then it's time to learn how to change your beliefs.

People are constantly changing the way they think about the world, but they tend not to be aware of these changes. Instead, we think that we'll stay the same for the rest of our lives, even though we recognize that we're different from our past selves.

If you want to develop new beliefs, the first step is to recognize that you can change and that you should! Changing your perspectives is a great way to expand your horizon and bring new possibilities to your life.

Keep reading to find out how to change your beliefs for the better.

1. Try an Affirmation

Affirmations are a great way to change your beliefs from the inside out. But if you've ever tried to work with affirmations before, you'll know that they can also be a challenge. How can you believe the words that you're repeating to yourself?

One great way to make affirmations work for you is to phrase them as questions instead of statements.

For example, you could ask "Why am I able to do X well?" instead of saying "I can do X well."

Then, your brain will naturally seek out an answer that affirms you.

To accomplish this, just find a belief that you want to change, and form a question around it. Ask yourself the question several times a day, especially right before bedtime and after you wake up when your brain is more open to suggestion.

Don't try to consciously seek out the answer. Instead, let your brain look for the solutions on its own. It will soon come to the right answer for you at that time.

2. Let Go of Assumptions

If you think that the things that happened in the past determine your future, you're operating with some pretty major assumptions. This can seriously hold you back because you won't be able to see any path for change. You'll get stuck in your old belief and behavior patterns.

The reality is that past outcomes don't accurately predict future ones. What can change the future is when you change your beliefs, so your approach will be different. But you need to be open to this change; otherwise, it won't really happen.

Even if you don't yet feel that change is possible, start to practice being open to the idea. Tell yourself that change is possible, even if you don't believe it's likely to happen. Learn more here about the idea that change is possible.

3. Face Your Resistance

As you work to change your beliefs, you'll naturally encounter some internal resistance. Parts of you will be against the idea of change because you fear what it could mean.

However, acknowledging your resistance is the first step toward letting go of it. Find out where your fear is coming from, and make a plan for how to address it.

You might have to acknowledge that you're afraid of what other people will think, or that you're afraid of messing up. You can work on taking deep breaths to stay calm when your fears come up. Or you might express your new beliefs to the people you trust the most first, knowing that they are least likely to judge you.

The key is figuring out which part of you is resisting the change. Where does that fear come from, and what is it related to? Then, you can figure out how you can reduce that fear and overcome your resistance to change.

4. Write a New Story

Humans naturally gravitate toward stories. They help us make sense of our lives and the world around us.

However, there are different stories you can tell about the same situation depending on how you look at it. The story you're telling yourself when it comes to your beliefs isn't the only story available. It might not even be a very accurate story.

You can change your old beliefs by developing new stories around them.

Instead of the story of "I can't do X" or "I've always thought this way," maybe the new story centers on the experiences that led you to those beliefs in the first place. If you go back to the root of your beliefs, you can rewrite the stories accordingly.

Look back on the first time your old belief started to develop. Find new stories that can make sense of that situation instead. Seek other beliefs that you could draw from the same experience if you tell different stories instead.

5. Stop Judging Yourself

When you judge yourself for the beliefs you hold, you actually ingrain those beliefs further. To change your beliefs, you also need to let go of judging yourself for holding them.

Self-compassion is key to making changes in your life. When you talk to other people who you care about, you probably approach them with kindness, even if you don't agree with them. Why not extend the same courtesy to yourself?

Become your own support system. Use appreciation, acceptance, and optimism to accept where you are while also recognizing the value of future changes. You might also have to forgive yourself for perceived shortcomings or failures.

When you're calm, accepting, and focused on your own well-being, you'll actually be much more open to change. Envision yourself as having already successfully made the changes you need.

Step forward toward that goal with confidence.

How to Change Your Beliefs for the Better

Now that you know how to change your beliefs, it's time to make the changes that will really upgrade your life.

Your changes might be major or minor. It's up to you how you decide to approach the task. But no matter what, you will change your perspectives over time - why not take control over the direction your beliefs will take?

One tool that helps a lot of people develop new beliefs is meditation. Find out how to get started meditating here!

 

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