What Do You Believe About Yourself?

What do you believe about yourself? Don’t be quick to answer, just sit with that question for a minute.  Listen to what is going on in your brain.  

This question has incredible value.  The answers to this question determine your future and ulitmately the final results of your life. I want to share a secret I discovered with anyone who is serious about magnifying this incredible human experience we’ve been given.  Beliefs about yourself, even hard core beliefs you’ve decided are facts, or reality, or “just the way things are”, are actually just thoughts which you have repeatedly thought, over and over again.  You have found evidence for these repeated thoughts in your life, compounding them in your brain, and you now cling to them as truths about yourself.  Did you ever know this?  Beliefs, both the good and the bad about who you are, are just thoughts!!  This is the best news ever, because you have complete control over every thought in your head.  Did you know you can tell your brain exactly what you want it to think? You don’t have to listen to what your head tells you- especially if your internal voice isn’t serving you!  It’s just a matter of being aware of what’s going on inside your head, and then intentionally deciding to tell your brain what to think.  It requires vigillance and determination to stay firm with your mind. Take back the power you have over your thoughts.  Rein in that unsupervised brain and create your future by telling your brain what to get busy finding evidence for.  This secret has changed my life.  Will it change yours?

“I’m not a morning person.” “Exercise isn’t my thing.”  “I can’t lose weight.”  “I’m a mess.”  “I always come up short.”  “I can’t stick to a plan.” “Everything I do is wrong.” ….. What do you believe about yourself?  

There is a well known children’s story called “The Pearl Necklace”.

The Pearl Necklace

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting

with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening

white pearls in a pink foil box. “Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them?

Please, Mommy, please?”

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked

back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face.

“A dollar ninety-five. That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them,

I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough

money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might

get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.”

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted

out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she 

went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for 

ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and 

at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls.  They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore 

them everywhere – Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she 

took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if 

they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed,

he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story.

One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, “Do you love me?”

“Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess – the white horse

 from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one

 you gave me. She’s my favorite.”

“That’s okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night.” And he brushed her cheek

 with a kiss.”

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny’s daddy asked again,

 “Do you love me?”

“Daddy, you know I love you.”

“Then give me your pearls.”

“Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my baby doll. The brand new

 one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow

 blanket that  matches her sleeper.”

“That’s okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you”

 And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed

with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin

was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

“What is it, Jenny? What’s the matter?” 

Jenny didn’t say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when

she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver, she

finally said, “Here, Daddy.  It’s for you.” With tears gathering in his own 

eyes, Jenny’s kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store 

necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a 

blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny. He 

had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store 

stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.

So it is with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap

things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasure.

 

There are beliefs about yourself that you are clinging to, which you think are just the truth about who you are, which aren’t serving you. Jenny held so tight to her fake pearls, believing they were real.  It wasn’t until she decided to let go of the fake pearls that her Father blessed her with true and genuine pearls.  

I know how hard it is to let go of a negative belief about yourself that you honestly believe is true.  It’s uncomfortable to challenge what has kept you safe and stuck, because that is what you are used to. However, if you want to take your life to the next level, there are some real pearls that Heavenly Father wants to give you and will testify to you are genuine truth.  Pray, ask, listen. 

“I am designed for greatness.” “I have divinity within me.”  “I am strong, capable and resillient.” “My worth is infinite.”  “I am doing some great things and I will do amazing things in the future.”  “God loves me, fiercely.” “My life has a critical purpose.”  “I have many incredible gifts and talents.”  “I am uniquely qualified to accomplish the missions of my life.”  “I will do whatever I set out to do.” ….

This life is a gift and you, my friend, are one of it’s precious treasures.  Now, it’s up to you to whole-heartedly, without reseration, choose intentionally to believe it. Choose your thoughts and watch in awe as your mind finds evidence to prove them true.  The power over your thoughts is yours- take your power to the next level and watch it change your life.  

What do you believe about yourself?

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