Monday, May 19, 2008

Beliefs and Believing: Empower Yourself

What are your beliefs and why do you believe what you believe? Are you holding beliefs that empower you?

So often, we allow our beliefs to stand in the way of us getting what we really want in our lives. We buy into the idea that we're not good enough, or we don't deserve it, or that we're selfish if we want more, or that we're not special enough.

Where did these beliefs come from?

Here's what says is the definition of belief:

  1. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.

  2. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.

  3. Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.

We're told what to believe from the moment we're born. We're inundated with slogans and statements we're expected to accept as truth. We are subjected to authoritative assertions of "truth" from our parents, grand parents, teachers, clergy, government and the media.

Most of us don't have a chance of determining our own beliefs because by the time we're old enough to reason for ourselves, we've already developed the habit of not questioning statements from authoritative sources. We've been essentially socialized into blindly accepting what we're told to believe.

In my last post, I suggested that if you're choosing not to take the actions that best position yourself for success in whatever you wish to pursue, then it's an indication that you don't have the belief you can have it, do it, or deserve it.

What do you suppose would happen if you began to question those beliefs? What is it that has led you to accept those beliefs as truth? Why should you accept these beliefs if they don't serve your higher good?

Because someone else said so?

Living a life of inspired abundance includes learning to spot and question the underlying beliefs you hold that are getting in the way of your dreams. And it means having the confidence in your own ability to apply thinking and reason to develop a new set of beliefs that better serve you and your highest good.

It's about empowering yourself to make conscious decisions about what you choose to believe. And if you're not getting the results you want in your life so far, honestly examining your beliefs relative to what you want is where you must begin. Choose your own thoughts about things.

Change your thoughts and you'll change your beliefs. Change your beliefs and you change your results. Take ownership of your beliefs and empower yourself to make your dreams come true.

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