The Power of Belief
As we have seen in the previous section, beliefs are a fundamental part of who we are both as individuals and as an integral part of the society in which we live. Our beliefs form the fundamental, ethical values and certainties about life that we hold to be true and certain. They are, in fact, the certainties that we hold dear to us about life, other people, ourselves and indeed the very meaning of it and our part in it.
Beliefs, because they are so strong and ‘certain’ to us, are the very essence of who we are as a person and are instrumental in the process of thought, decision and action in all human beings. What is interesting, however, is that beliefs are often merely generalisations about the past and represent mental programmes that are copied or learned, often from others, throughout our childhood and adolescence. Because beliefs are so important to us, our sanity and our frame of reference upon life itself and our part in its often uncertain unfolding nature, they play an important part in the development of our thoughts, values and attitudes. By default then, what we believe, we ultimately conceive, or ‘see’ (experience) in our lives.
Where change is desirable it should be appreciated that beliefs both direct and inhibit our thinking and our behaviour. Do you have a dream but feel that you will never achieve it? Is there some thing that you would like to do but feel that you cannot do it? The simple fact is that for everyone who says that they cannot do something, there is, somewhere, another person with similar circumstances who is doing it. For every person who says that they are too old to do something or other, there is a person of the same age doing it. Henry Ford once said:
"There are two types of people in this world, those who say they can and those who say that they cannot, and they are both right."
The point here is that for as long as you believe that you cannot do something, you won’t do it. But, change the belief, and you will almost certainly change how you feel and what you do. Change what you do and you change the outcome - believing differently really does mean seeing something completely different manifest in your life.
REMEMBER: The key lies, not in making judgements about what is right or wrong with a belief, but in asking yourself what is useful, desirable and empowering for you and what you want to create or make happen!
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