Here is the full transcript of entrepreneur and chiropractor Dr. Irum Tahir’s TEDx Talk on How to Change Your Limiting Beliefs for More Success at TEDxNormal conference. This event took place on November 7, 2015 at Normal, Illinois.
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Have you ever felt like your life was stuck on repeat, like the same thing keeps happening to you over and over and over again?
You end up in the same kind of relationship, with the same kind of person, even though you say that this time, it’s really different. No, really it isn’t. You end up on the same kind of diet for that last 20 pounds that you need to lose only to be defeated.
Why does this happen to us? If you take a step back and really look at your life, you’ll see that there are patterns that happen, aren’t there? And these patterns keep repeating themselves over and over again.
The patterns haven’t changed because we haven’t changed and neither have our beliefs. We’re all at least a little familiar with the subconscious mind. It’s that fascinating part of our brain that drives our behavior, and it’s responsible for every single thing that we do. Every decision, every action, every thought, every feeling, every emotion comes from the subconscious mind.
In fact, neuroscientists have now found that 95% of everything we do comes from the subconscious mind. That means only 5% comes from our conscious mind. The job of the subconscious is to keep you safe.
Beliefs that we have come from our subconscious mind, and they are formulated from the age of zero to six. That’s when we’re looking to our parents for approval. We want to make sure that we’re behaving in a way that meets their approval, and then we know when they have disapproved.
Now, your parents have taught you beliefs because their parents have taught them, and so on and so forth. Some of these beliefs have been great like, “Be a good person”, “Don’t steal,” “Don’t touch a hot stove,” “Don’t run in the street,” but some of these beliefs that you have today have been handed down from generation to generation, and it’s just what you think is normal.
You might have beliefs today like, “I’ll never have enough money,” or, “I’m afraid of failure,” or, “I could never be in a relationship with that person.”
Over the last 100 years, we found more than ever about the subconscious mind. We’ve tried so many different therapies to try to unlock its potential. We’ve tried classic couch therapy, shock therapy, even lobotomies. Positive thinking and affirmations only get you so far.
Over the last 100 years, we still need a gentle, speedy, and effective way to alter our deepest patterns. Everything you believe is in your body. Now, we know this with body language. As a chiropractor, I work with posture every day, and I’ve seen patients express beliefs that they have into their body. We’re actually all going to do this right now,
So I’m going to have you all slouched forward in your chairs just like this, drop your head, and say the words, “I am powerful.”
Do you feel powerful from this position? Not really.
Now, what if we sit up, take a deep breath in, say the words, “I am powerful.”
See how much more powerful, strong, and confident you do feel? This is an example of how the mind and the body are connected. Dr. Bruce Lipton in his bestseller, “Biology of Belief,” talks about how beliefs impact us on a cellular level, so that’s positive or negative beliefs that affect our physiology.
Now, imagine with me for a moment, you’re in Arizona with your family. You’re on a beautiful hike, and you come across something like this. If you’re like me, you would be totally creeped out by this. Your body language is going to say, “Run away as far as possible!” I hate snakes.
But what about if you were a herpetologist, somebody who studied snakes for a living? You might move towards the snake with familiarity and curiosity. You might even want to pick one up which is so disgusting. Because for a herpetologist, the meaning of a snake is going to be entirely different than what it is for me. For me, snake equals danger; for them, snake may equal familiarity.