In recent years two influential studies showed just how much impact a person’s belief system has on their life and health.
The first study was conducted fifty years ago by Dr. Leonard Cobb and involved patients having surgery to improve blood flow to their hearts. The procedure involved making small incisions around the chest area and tying off arteries, a technique known as angina.
To test the effectiveness of the surgery, other patients were given incisions and told their arteries had been tied off, when in fact they had not been. In both groups a full 90% of the patients reported the procedure helped. So stunning were the results the surgery is no longer performed.
A second test was done on veterans less than twenty years ago. The test was to see if the placebo affect would work on knee surgery and arthritis. All the patients were put into surgical gowns and taken into the operating room in a wheelchair.
The men were then placed under, and when they awoke they were given pain pills and crutches and released the following day. None of them knew who had the surgery and who did not. Of the ten patients, two had arthroscopic surgery on their knees; the rest simply had incisions around their knees.
After six months the patients still were not told who had the surgery and who did not, but all ten reported great improvement in their level of pain.
Tony Robbins rightly shares, “Belief is the drug.”
Henry Ford, whose early models can be seen at Cleveland’s Crawford Auto Museum, is famously credited for saying whether you believe you can do something or you believe you cannot do something, you are right.
John Avanzini makes the statement that even God is not moved by need but by faith, i.e. belief.
A lot of people are clear about what they think they need or what they want to have happen in their life, but they simply don’t have the belief that they can obtain their goal.
Freud famously shared that most people don’t want to change, no matter how difficult their lives become.
Along with wanting to change must come the belief that one can change, that one is responsible for their own life and that in a moment of decision everything can be different.
Not sure where to start? Anthony Robbins offers an outstanding question to ask at any moment of hesitation, answer if over and over and you will find the way to your dream.
The question is simply, what would I have to believe in this moment to make this the way I want it?