Are Your Beliefs Holding You Back?
What you believe determines what you achieve
A while back, Robert and I spent a week at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. Canyon Ranch is a well-known, holistic health-and-fitness resort. We went there to recharge our bodies and spirits.
While I went to the resort to learn about health and fitness, I picked up a valuable lesson for all of life.
We all have a bias
In working with a fitness expert one day, he asked me about my eating habits. I told him I typically eat two meals a day: breakfast or lunch, and dinner. I explained that sometimes I’ll look at my watch, see it’s 6:00 p.m., and realize that I haven’t eaten anything all day.
“Eating just is not a high priority for me,” I said.
He looked at me a little disapprovingly and said, “You need to eat three meals a day.”
Of course, I’ve heard this before. “My belief is, if I eat three meals every day, I’ll gain a lot of weight,” I said.
He laughed, “You need to eat more in the day when you’re active, like in the morning and early afternoon, and less at dinner when you’re less active.”
Since I’m a pretty active person, he went on to explain that if I don’t eat enough, then instead of my body burning fat, it will burn muscle, and I’ll never have the level of fitness that I could.
I was still fighting my belief, a bias, that three meals a day will only put on the pounds. But since I was at Canyon Ranch for my health, I figured I might as well give it a shot.
Listen to the expert
For seven days, I faithfully showed up at the dining room three times a day. I didn’t scrimp, by any means. I ate three full meals each day.
One thing I noticed right away was that my energy was better. I was less grumpy in the mornings, and I had more vitality throughout the day. I stuck with the program and, at the end of seven days, not only did I not gain weight, I actually lost a couple of pounds.
Listening to the expert rather than to my own bias helped me achieve goals I never would have achieved on my own.
Bad beliefs = bad results
The point of this story is that I had a set belief that actually hindered me from making progress and achieving my health goals.
Although I have heard since I was a young girl that I should eat three meals a day, I never believed that the benefits were real. I had the information, but it wasn’t until I actually applied it—and ate the three meals a day consistently—that I had the experience and the true knowledge of what worked best for me.
Obviously, this simple truth can be applied to any situation in our lives. So, the question for you is, “Which beliefs are holding you back from achieving your goals, and what are you going to do about it?”
The quicker and more often you apply what you’re learning, the faster the results and your understanding of what works best for you when it comes to money and your investing style.