How Long Does it Take to Change your Beliefs

How long does it take to change beliefs?
To know the answer to that question, you need to understand how beliefs are formed.

Beliefs are formed when:

  • 1) A certain statement is repeated over and over: For example, saying “I am a loser,” “I am a loser” so many times might result in the formation of such a belief.
  • 2) When something asserts the belief indirectly: You screwed up? If you made a wrong conclusion and assumed it happened because you are a loser, then the belief will become much stronger.
  • 3) When someone else repeats it: If someone told you that you are a loser, it would be the same as telling the belief to yourself with just one difference; The more you trust the person who repeated the statement, the more will the statement affect your beliefs
  • 4) The absence of contradictory beliefs: If you had high self-esteem, then a statement such as “you are a loser” won’t affect you much. Yes, it will still weaken your beliefs, but the effect won’t be as big as what would have happened if you didn’t believe in yourself

How long does it take to change beliefs?

A belief changes when the opposite of the steps described above happens. The more you repeat contradictory statements, and the more you prove to yourself that you were wrong, the more likely will the belief weaken and disappear.

Let’s supposed you have been told 1000 times directly and indirectly that you are no good. In such a case, you need an equivalent amount of positive statements to be repeated to change that belief.

But put something in mind, you don’t need 1000 positive statements exactly because a statement coming from a trusted source can be equivalent to 10 ordinary statements or more.

So, in other words, you need to get exposed to an amount of positivity that is greater than the negativity you got exposed to. But there is a big problem here; repeating the affirmations out loud to yourself might not work at all.

In fact, your subconscious mind might think that you are deceiving it, and so your positive statements might backfire. So what’s the solution? You need to find a place where so many people keep telling you positive things!

In such a case, your mind will not filter the statements much as they are coming from other people, and your beliefs will change.

So how long will it take to change old negative beliefs? It depends on the amount of negativity you got exposed to and the rate you will get exposed to positive statements.

Whether we like it or not, we get exposed to a tremendous amount of negativity in our lives. If we didn’t balance this negativity with an equivalent amount of positivity, we would become pessimistic, sad, and eventually depressed.

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