It’s Friday the 13th. You know the drill.

July 13th, 2012

“The way you think and what you think is determined by your theories about yourself and your life. Thought controls you more than you realize.”   – Michael Michalko, author of Creative Thinkering

When the 13th falls on a Friday, the date will be lucky, unlucky or just another day for you depending on your beliefs about it. I view the day as an opportunity to suggest you examine occasionally the beliefs you hold about yourself, your work, and the people in your professional and personal lives. Because like a Friday the 13th, what those things mean to you depends on your beliefs about them.

Your perceptions, how you interpret what you see and what conclusions you draw from it about yourself, others and the world all depend on your beliefs. And the process happens quite automatically.

A belief is anything you accept as truth. And it’s our beliefs that shape our experience. For example, if you believe a situation will frustrate you, then most likely it will. Or, if you believe a co-worker will make you unhappy, then probably s/he will.  And your frustration or unhappiness – or bad luck on a particular calendar day – will, in turn, reinforce your belief.

Just because you believe something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true. So beliefs can be limiting. But we all have the energy – the ability to change our ideas about ourselves and our work situations –that allows us to grow, expand and develop more fulfilling professional lives.

We have the ability in any moment create an attitude we do not have currently. Our point of power is always right now, in the present moment. And the tools exist to help re-shape our beliefs and have more positive work/life experiences.


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