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Belief Vs Creating by Robert Fritz

Belief Vs Creating by Robert Fritz

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Published by William J Lee
When nothing seems to work, this may be why.
When nothing seems to work, this may be why.

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The Belief Business vs the Creating Business
In the belief business, it is important what you believe, so the major activity is conversion to the "right" belief. In the creating business it doesn't matter what you believe, but how well you create.
by
Robert Fritz
 ______________________________For years we have heard that what you believe will determine how well youwill succeed in life. So every year, people diligently attempt to change theirbeliefs to ones that favor their success and limit their failure. There is anentire industry that supports that cause. "You are what you believe," isadvertised with the certainty of a great mathematician adding two and two,or a great French chef adding just the right amount of garlic to an order of Escargot.Yet, with all the hoopla, the premise is simply not true.I know that just entertaining the idea that your beliefs do not form yourreality is heresy to people in the belief business. But, one wonders if any of those folks have ever read the biographies of some of the mostaccomplished people in history. If they had, and if they could put theirbelief about beliefs aside for a minute and objectively rethink the dynamicsthat are in play, they would find that the most successful, accomplished,innovative, and creative people did not have positive attitudes andthoughts, hardly ever thought that well of themselves, and were not filledwith a heightened sense of self-love.
The most common human trait was a senseof doubt, a lack of personal esteem andconfidence, and a pronounced lack of abelief in themselves.
Instead, they cared about what they were creating. They were in a differentbusiness than the belief business.
They were in the creating business.
 
Page 2Shall we go down the list?: Mahatma Gandhi, Beethoven, Georgia O'Keefe,Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Elvis, HelenKeller, Madonna, Mother Teresa, Babe Ruth, both Wright brothers, ThomasEdison, Pablo Piccaso, Ernest Hemingway, Walt Disney, Shakespeare,William James, Carl Jung, Fred Astaire, Chuck Yeager, Doris Day, YogiBerra, Clint Eastwood, Mohammad Ali, Mozart, Miles Davis, Louis Pasteur,Ben Franklin, and on and on.Maybe you respect a few people on this list. Well, guess what? They didn'thave high self-esteem. They thought all kinds of things about God, politics,economics, philosophy, religion, the world, the universe. What they believedwas IRRELEVANT to their creative process.If the belief industry were right, then these people should not have beenable to succeed. Yet this glaring fact seems to go unnoticed to those whofoster the idea that you can't be successful until you get your beliefs right.Every year, well-meaning people, wanting no more than to be moreeffective at building the lives they want, earnestly try to change what theybelieve.The theory goes if you think well of yourself, you will think you deservesuccess, and therefore, not sabotage yourself.
Another theory goes that if you have faithand hold a positive vision, the Universe willfavor you with success.
(The latest version of this is found in the book
The Secret,
which is old winein new bottles. The old wine is from such books as
Think and Grow Rich, or The Power of Positive Thinking
, or even
The Life and Teachings of theMasters of the Far East.
)There is a phenomenon in which unusual coincidences seem to help outwhen you are in the process of creating something— the right person calls just at the right time, we find the book we need, an opportunity falls intoour lap, etc. I have written about the "power of attraction" as somethingthat is common in the creative process. We don't know why this occurs. Weare glad when it does.People in the belief business will tell you that it happens BECAUSE of yourbeliefs. But, hold on a minute. Does it happen to people when they are not
 
Page 3filled with positive, visionary, and deeply held convictions? Well, go read thebiographies.In the creating business, this type of phenomenon happens all the time. Butso what? To those in the creating business, it is nice when it happens, butthere is a lot more work to do, often the type of actions that are not easilyglorified because they are so straightforward and common.
It doesn't make a lot of sense to put a highervalue on the unexplained falling into placetype of experience than the roll up yoursleeves and get busy type.
For most things the grunt work is essential and you couldn't create theresults you want without it, especially the more challenging ones. So whatthat sometimes things fall into place magically, and sometimes you need todo the heavy lifting?But to those in the belief business it does matter because the phenomenonbecomes a symbol of the confirmation of their beliefs. They usually don'tdescribe the rest of the hard work that it takes to creating an importantresult. There is no glory in that.
Types of Beliefs
 There are several forms of beliefs.For example, there are simple observations people often term beliefs. If Ican't fly a plane, and if I am a fairly sane person, I will rightly believe that Iam not a pilot. If I learn how to fly, I would change my belief (observation)that I can fly a plane. Beliefs of this sort do not call for blind faith. In fact, itis not blind at all to form one's opinions based on observing reality,especially when the notion is held up to scrutiny.This is the rigor that science tries to adopt. Ideas about what is going onmust come from a meticulous and precise empirical test of reality. Onceformed, such a belief can change in an instant if new evidence demands it.These types of beliefs are seldom at issue in peoples' lives, except whensubjected to belief business techniques such as affirmations: "I can fly aplane. I can fly a plane." Personally, I'd like to stay away from those who

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