Can AI be an effective solution to overcoming limiting beliefs?
I didn’t think so until I spoke to Daniel Tolson, Asia’s No.1 business coach.
During the pandemic, Daniel came across a unique technology that could effectively identify limiting beliefs. Imagine a tool capable of measuring your emotional frequencies without bias. A tool that can pinpoint significant events in your life and, ultimately, help you reprogram your belief system.
Intrigued? I was too. You can hear our full conversation on the Goals Do Come True podcast.
Before we get into the fine details of how this tool works, I wanted to know Daniel’s overall ethos on self-belief.
Income-limiting beliefs begin in childhood
It’s often said that by the age of 18, the average child has heard the word “no” approximately 180,000 times. Gradually, this barrage of “no’s” can manifest as a deeply entrenched fear of rejection, which holds them back from trying out audacious things.
Given this backdrop, I was pleased to learn that Daniel is taking active steps to instil self-belief in his kids from a very young age.
Daniel: “Every day, before I take my daughter to school, we do two things. Number one, we review her most important goal. As soon as we leave the front door, the goal-setting begins. And as soon as we reach the elevator and go down to the first floor, we begin reciting affirmations. I’m a big believer in goal setting, and I believe that every generation also has to learn it. We should be teaching our children what we’ve learned about goals and a little bit more.”
How the technology works
Daniel: “During COVID, people weren’t going out to see their therapists or coaches. And I came across a piece of technology that integrates voice recognition and artificial intelligence. Today, we can do a non-biased recording of somebody’s emotional intelligence by picking up their brain waves through the microphone. So, it’s as simple as doing a 90-second voice recording on your mobile phone. And then, the AI technology measures those brainwave frequencies.”
I find it particularly intriguing that when we’re in a state of fear or any heightened emotion, our body sends out subtle signals – unseen to the human eye. This means that when we’re experiencing limiting beliefs, our bodies could quite possibly be sending out alarm bells!
Daniel: “When you experience love, you’re resonating at a frequency of about 700 Hz. When you’re in a state of fear, your body resonates at a frequency of about 50 Hz. And the technology can pick this up. Usually, when we experience terrible, significant emotional events, the brain hides these painful memories out of our awareness. But the tool can pick up on these and pinpoint exactly where the emotions are hiding in the brain.”
The logic of emotions
Daniel identified two core types of stress: emotional and logical stress. The first is related to our interpersonal relationships, while the latter is tied to our career and money.
Daniel: “For some people, they spend a lot of time worrying about their career. Am I going to get fired? Am I going to have a job next week? Am I going to be able to pay the bills? They’re constantly worrying about having to tighten their financial belts and put away money for rainy days. On the other hand, we have people whose stress comes from the heart – constantly thinking about relationships.”
There’s no doubt that we all experience and interpret stress in different ways. What I really wanted to know was how we can identify our individual triggers and use that knowledge to overcome our income-limiting beliefs.
The imprint period
Daniel: “We had a client who came to us because she wanted to know more about her inner world. And we discovered something interesting. The technology doesn’t just measure the frequencies from the time of birth. It also measures the emotional frequencies from the time that you spent in your mother’s womb, starting around the third trimester. For our client, the emotions had peaked significantly during her existence in her mother’s womb, and they remained really high for the first 12 years of her life.
As we explored the emotional events that took place, we discovered that her father passed away whilst she was in the womb. Now, whatever trauma a mother experiences, the child in the womb also experiences it to almost the exact same extent. Interestingly, her father was the breadwinner. So, she was born into a world of scarcity, which went on for the first four years of her life until her mother got remarried. And that storm was there for 12 years.”
Daniel’s case study is a shining example of how important the imprint period is and how it can shape the beliefs we take on as adults. In the first seven years of our lives, we go through an important period where anything that happens in the outer world gets imprinted onto our minds and bodies.
In Daniel’s example, the income-limiting beliefs she heard from her mother had been imprinted upon her, and it was particularly hard to shake off.
Daniel: “By the age of 12, we lock in our financial values and rules of how we’re going to live our lives. So her rules of life were: there’s not enough money. It can all be taken away from you. You have to provide for yourself and save for a rainy day. So, she always struggled financially.
As she got into her 50s, she started to have new goals, which involved becoming self-employed. But the mere thought triggered new fears. What if I leave and I lose my financial security? I don’t want to experience what happened to my mother, so I’m better off staying in this career.”
How many times has this thought pattern prevented you from making groundbreaking financial decisions? Do you find yourself frequently sticking to the status quo for fear of ending up in a worse place financially?
Daniel’s final nugget might be just what you need.
Regulating your beliefs
Daniel: “One of the first tenets of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Once you can understand why you think and feel the way that you do, you can then do the second thing, which is to regulate those thoughts and feelings. You need to reprogram your mind. And a part of that involves things like affirmations. But it’s also doing deeper work and removing all of those fears.”
In medicine, they often say that accurate diagnosis is half the cure. And so, once you’ve gotten that awareness – understanding exactly where your fears stem from – you’re halfway through eliminating them.
You can then start reprogramming your mind and make your way towards audacious goals!
Has Daniel’s discovery inspired you to do some introspection around your financial beliefs? I’d love to hear about it! Email me at email@example.com, and if you’d like to get your Mind Report from Daniel, click here.