Beliefs are So Subtle

April 3, 2008

Ever had a really exciting experience and then had some realizations that were very eye opening?

Recently I had a wonderful time selling some furniture on Craigslist. Since it was my first time to use Craigslist I really didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be lots of fun, profitable and successful in that I sold all 4 of my items in 3 1/2 days.

One of the items I sold was a large work station / desk that had previously been advertised through email to a list of business associates and had not sold. This time it turned out to be the most popular item, I could have sold an additional 5 desks. It was so exhilarating to have people taking these things out the door and leaving me their money. Very energizing!

After the event I began to think about my experience and the energy it had given me.

I soon became aware of what had been going on in my thinking that I didn’t even realize.

It came to me that because of my first experience with advertising the desk, I had made a decision as a result of the comments I got from those inquiring about the desk. The comments included “it’s really too big, I don’t have the space, and it looks like it would be quite a job to move it”.

My unconscious decision which I imagine led an unconscious belief: “the desk will most like be very difficult to sell and I may not even be able to sell it”.

How many times have you made a decision about moving ahead with a project because of someone’s comments? Or because your experience didn’t match your expectations? Anyone who is human has done it.

Next time, observe what’s going on in your thinking and your feelings after you attempt a new project. Especially one that does not go forward as you intended.

Watch for subtle beliefs prompted by either fear of rejection or fear of inadequacy.

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One Response to “Beliefs are So Subtle”


  1. Joe Sabah Says:
    April 20th, 2008

    HOW TRUE!
    HOW TRUE!

    LET’S NOT LET OTHERS OPINIONS COLOR OUR DAY.

    NEXT

    JOE

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