How to Develop Self Belief and The Magic of Believing

The magic of believing is a double edged sword.  You may have heard of people speaking about the importance of being hopeful and having faith in your dreams, to believe in the unseen. There is some truth in those statements, but ultimately you still have to “see it to believe it.”

So how do you believe in something you can’t see?  How do you hold your dreams close to you when there is no end in sight?  How do you achieve the impossible?

The Magic of Believing

To increase your self-belief, you require a new lens; a new way of looking at the world.  You need to understand that your eyes and brain work together to create your mental projections of reality.  It’s just as Michael Talbot said in his book, The Holographic Universe:

“The eyes may be visual organs, but it is the brain that sees.”

The fact is that your retina collects light energy and converts that light energy into electrical signals.  Those electrical signals are then processed by your brain so that you get information about what you’re seeing.

And here’s some scientific evidence that you’ll find very interesting.  A recent study (2009) completed by German scientists at the University of Munich collected data on the neural activity of mice.

When babe mice are born, their eyes remained closed for the first 3-4 weeks.  The German scientists measured the neural activity of these mice while their eyes were closed and found that activity is primarily intrinsic; meaning that brain activity along the visual channels comes from internal sources.

When the scientists measured brain activity when eyes were closed they found that 75% of the nerve cells were active.

The scientists also measured the neural activity of these mice while their eyes were opened.  With open eyes the active nerve sells reduces to about 12%.  At this time the intrinsic or internal factors become less important than while their eyes are closed.

How to Develop Self Belief

So what’s the implication of this study on humans?

German scientists proved that internal factors play a limiting role in the perception of mice when their eyes are open.  If our perception is anything like those mice it means that external factors such as our environment and the people we interact with are the primary sources of information for our brain.

The first lesson is this.  If you’re going to mentally project a new self-image make sure to be in an environment that supports this.

Here’s the flip side of the coin.  The people who continually put their attention on their outer results reinforce those pictures and results.

It’s the same reason why some people lack self-belief: they just don’t see how they could possibly do it.  Their outer world hasn’t provided them with any evidence and if they can’t see it, they can’t believe it.  It’s the old saying, “seeing is believing.”

That brings me to the second lesson.  The magic of believing comes from working with your inner world.  You’ve got to see it inside before you believe it.

Nobody is going to create a sign large enough for you to focus on 8 hours a day until you get it – you may as well go inside and work with your infinite potential – your inner genius.

That’s why it’s so important to engage in the proper practice of mind power techniques.  You’ll feel fresh, more vital and being consistent in your practice of these techniques helps you stay focused.

Notice I said the “proper” training as the techniques must be done properly to be effective.  People who have gotten results from the techniques I share are using them effectively.

This study also gives us something to think about the next time you go to bed.  If neural activity is at 75% when the mice have their eyes closed and 12% with their eyes open, then this would imply that visualization with your eyes closed uses much more of your neural cavity and is possibly much more effective.

So keep this in mind.  The next time you visualize, do it with your eyes closed.  That way you can hold your dreams close and believe in the impossible because you took the time to see it before you believe it.

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  • Greg

    Reply Reply January 3, 2011

    You said, “it’s so important to engage in the proper practice of mind power techniques.” Where is that on your site or what are the techniques?

  • Steve

    Reply Reply January 3, 2011

    Hey Greg,

    There are dozens of articles where I share those techniques on my blog… one of those techniques being visualization. Download my visualization training here.

  • Monique

    Reply Reply May 22, 2011

    Great reminder Steve!
    It also brings to mind that people who have a dominant modality of ‘visual’ can more easily get pulled off track. Perhaps those of us who are visual should walk around with our eyes closed so we only ‘believe’ our inner reality.


  • Steve

    Reply Reply May 23, 2011

    Sometimes keeping our eyes “closed” to the outside world is the only way to really believe in our inner reality… and I completely agree with you Monique – the outside world can “trick” us into thinking and believing something completely different that the truth: we create everything from our inner reality.

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