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This week’s question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from Erica Johansson. You can find her on the web at http://www.travelblissful.com/


Hi David,

I read your latest article on making decisions and your words “If you don’t change your environment, you’re constantly reminded of your old belief system and the things that you created from it ” struck a chord.

Self-development coaches often say it’s ALL in one’s mind, the external doesn’t necessarily matter, so isn’t it possible to affect one’s current environment just by turning old negative belief patterns into positive ones?


Hi Erika!

Fantastic question!

It’s true. Everything is in your mind. Your hopes, dreams, fears, doubts, worries and all the programming that you received without the ability to reject it when you were a child are all there.

And you can affect your old environment by turning negative beliefs into positive ones, ONLY if you replace the old pattern with a new one.

Here’s an example. Let’s say Mary wants to lose weight. She knows she has an unhealthy relationship with food and suffers from cravings. In her mind, she “decides” she’s going to do it, she’s going to finally take care of herself and drop a few pounds.

Can she be successful doing the same things she was doing before making this decision?


She has to replace the old patterns with new ones, and then create an environment to support her. If she had brownies on the counter all day and her favorite ice cream in the freezer, she’d have less of a chance of creating a new pattern.

This works the same way with entrepreneurs.

Let’s say Amanda knows she needs to make sales calls. She knows she’s afraid of what people will think of her and she’s worried she’ll be rejected. Her current pattern is to do everything in her business OTHER than make sales calls. She cleans the floors, answers emails, does the laundry, and empties the dishwasher during the time she knows she needs to be calling.

Then let’s say she decides she’s going to do it. She’s going to get on the phone and make the calls no matter what.

In order for her to be successful, she must restructure her day, hire a cleaning service so she’s not distracted, and create a NEW PATTERN for herself. If she doesn’t change her environment, she’s highly likely to get sucked back into her old patterns.

She must create her environment around who she WANTS TO BE.

During the changing process the new belief pattern is weak and needs to be strengthened. By putting as many representations of the new pattern around you that you can increases your possibility of success.

“Just Believe”,®

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