If you believe, you can…? (Last Olympic Lesson)

by | Oct 8, 2012 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

Prior to that fateful day, 6 May 1954, everyone in the sports world believed it was impossible to run a mile in under 4-minutes. And because everyone believed it, it became true. But there was one athlete who didn’t believe it. Roger Bannister believed that he COULD break the 4-minute mile. And, when he changed the way he looked at the barrier, the barrier changed. Even more amazing is that after Bannister crossed the 1-mile finish line in 3:59, nearly every professional runner had broken the 4-minute mile within the following year. Why? Because they believed it was possible once Bannister proved it to them. Your beliefs are so powerful that they do in fact determine your reality so let’s take Key Steps this week to…

Choose empowering beliefs

Your Key Steps Coaching for the week ahead:

1.    What is a belief? A belief is simply a thought you have said ‘yes’ to enough times. They are the presuppositions that either create or deny us personal power. Like an on/off switch for your ability to do anything in the world. It is important to understand your beliefs as they explain why you choose to do what you do. Because they become so automatic and conditioned you ‘filter’ your entire reality through them. For instance, if you believe that you can learn anything that you put your mind to, your experience of life is going to be very different from someone else who believes they are not that smart and can’t possibly learn anything new. In other words, beliefs condition your thinking. They can either keep you boxed in, or allow you to take the lid off your potential and live a more fulfilling life.

2.    Replace your limiting beliefs. How?

  • Recognise the belief you used to allow to limit you and honour its positive intent. In other words, if you believe exercise is hard work and, as a result, you don’t exercise, the positive intent of the belief is to prevent you from what you perceived to be gruelling hard work.
  • STOP the thought virus in its tracks and shed some doubt on its validity and hold over you (while ALWAYS acknowledging the positive intent). Look for times when you have exercised and it was fun, look for a role-model who you know has managed to make exercise fun and part of their busy lifestyle, etc.
  • Choose something different – we change our beliefs far more easily when we displace them instead of trying to make them bad or wrong. So, honour it’s positive intent while choosing the new belief that exercise can be fun and incorporated into a busy life (for example). Choosing new beliefs can be as easy or as challenging as you allow it to be. Changing a belief can be like switching on/off a light. You might find it challenging to find the light switch because you’ve been in the dark for so long. If this is the case, contact us to learn more about our EQ programme – where we work deeply with replacing limiting beliefs and reprogramming you for excellence and quality of life so you can…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’