“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
As I read and contemplated Chapters 1 and 2 of SGR as part of Experiment #1, I wanted to characterize my starting point. Today, who am I and what do I believe?
After much silent thought, I realized that I had adopted a destructive way of looking at things. These beliefs were not in alignment with the Science.
Here are my Top 10 unspoken beliefs. It reads like a checklist of “what not to do” in the SGR:
‘Top 10’ Destructive Beliefs
- Things are good (when they are not).
- I am okay as I am (doing what I am doing).
- Richness is an abstract idea, not a concrete goal or achievement.
- Following my dreams is too risky.
- They deserve it more than I because they are/have/do/know______________. [fill in the blank – too many destructive possibilities to list here].
- I don’t need a rich and abundant life. I have my health and family. What more is there?
- Only the ungrateful would ask for more than this.
- Who am I to want riches and abundance?
- Richness is vanity. Money cannot buy happiness.
- Although I truly love learning, beauty and travel and grew up around much of the best when I was a child, as a result of a sudden loss of income I have grown accustomed to endeavored only to borrow books from the catalogue local library, get cheap seats at Broadway show, browse shopping sites (but never dare to buy) online. An extravagent trip is going 50 miles to a public park.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Regardless of the outcome of this SGR experiment, one huge benefit to me is to shed these horrifying beliefs.
This will be my goal this week!