“Once a person believes that something is true (whether it is true or not), he then acts as if it were. He will instinctively seek to collect facts to support the belief no matter how false they may be.”
For example if you believe that men are pigs you will go around with a set of filters looking for all the things that men do that prove they are pigs. You could be around an amazing man that is not a pig and you may not be able to see him as amazing, depending on the depth of your belief. You may even see things in a way to prove your belief, when they actually are not occurring like that at all.
“It is, therefore, of utmost importance that you do not assume you are awake to the truth about yourself. Said another way, you must not assume that what you now hold as truth it, in fact, really is the Truth. Instead, you must proceed with the idea that you are presently hypnotized by false beliefs, concepts, and values that are keeping you from expressing your true potential.”
“The average person never comes near reaching his unlimited potential because he is living under the false assumption that he already knows the truth. He believes what his parents have told him, what his teachers have taught him, what he has read, and what his religion has told him WITHOUT ACTUALLY PROVING IT HIMSELF.”
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
Do you approach the world as a student that is always open to new ideas and ways of seeing and doing things, or do you already know everything?
Quotes from: Dr. Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence (New York: The Penguin Group, 1979), pages 2-3.