Are You Falling Short of Your Potential?


By Phil Rosenbaum

       Did you know that there are some basic universal beliefs that practically everyone has accepted at some time in their life and may still believe? The following messages fall into this category: “I’m not enough,” “I’m not loveable,” “I’m not worthy.” and ” There’s not enough (money/resources).” The problem with these beliefs is that they are negative, harmful, and they are not true.

       A tremendous number of people have these beliefs. One study of 2000 people aged 22 to 38 years old found that eight in ten people, or 80%, believed they were not good enough. These beliefs can have a profound impact on one’s life.

       Believing you are not good enough can cause you to have low self-esteem. In addition, it can result in constant self-criticism and can lead to feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, anger, shame, or guilt. It can cause insomnia, eating disorders, addictions, and relationship problems. People who believe this will settle for less than they could have. 

       Another common belief you might accept is that there is not enough to go around. If this is the case, you will settle for a lower-paying job than you deserve. Or, you may not ask for a raise at work, even though you deserve one. You will likely not strive to increase your income.

       People who believe they are not loveable may engage in people-pleasing behavior or allow themselves to be manipulated by others. If you have the belief you are not worthy, you will likely not be very motivated to do positive things for yourself or to take care of yourself. It is also possible that you will not believe you deserve your accomplishments and may have what is called the “imposter syndrome.” As you can see, accepting these universal “lies” will greatly affect the quality of your life. 

       Marisa Peer, who was named “Best British Therapist” by Men’s Health magazine, once treated a young woman who wanted to commit suicide. The woman believed she was not enough. Marisa had her continually affirm “I am enough” every day for several weeks. After doing this for some time, the young woman started to believe this, and her life improved dramatically. Imagine how much your life could improve if you were able to eliminate these “basic universal beliefs.” 

       The good news is that you have the power to eliminate these unhealthy negative beliefs and replace them with much more positive ways of thinking. One of the problems is that often people are unaware that they have these beliefs, or if they are aware of them, they do not realize that they are not true and can be eliminated. Quite often, people receive these negative messages when they are very young, usually before age seven, and they are not able to challenge these ideas. These messages become part of their subconscious belief system, and people are not even aware of the fact that they are acting as if these messages are true. Because they are subconscious, people are not able to identify and eliminate them.

       While there are different methods to deal with these issues, hypnotherapy is one excellent approach. Because one was essentially in a hypnotic state when he or she accepted these beliefs, what better way to eliminate them than with the use of hypnosis? A qualified hypnotherapist can help you identify these beliefs and help you to see they are not true. You are then able to release them and replace them with much more positive beliefs. This can greatly enhance the quality of your life. If you feel there is something missing in your life, or if you are not feeling fulfilled, it is very likely that you are being controlled by these negative “universal beliefs.” 

       Contrary to how it is portrayed in the movies, hypnosis is very safe, and you are always aware of what is going on. You will never do anything that goes against your moral beliefs or values. Even in a hypnotic state, you are always in control.

       If you would like to learn more about hypnosis or experience a session, please call Phil Rosenbaum at 248-688-6469. Don’t let these negative universal beliefs run or ruin your life.   


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