Your beliefs become your thoughts
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions
Your actions become your habits
Your habits become your character
Your character become your destiny
I am starting a series of blogs on this quote focusing on a different word each week, beginning with beliefs. A belief is a statement about something that guides your life and your decision making. Your beliefs come from your family, religion and the society around you. It is the foundation on which everything in your life is built. Beliefs are created by people to help hold a society or family together. But beliefs can cause trouble for you if you don’t know what you believe, if you allow your beliefs to limit you, or if you refuse to change outdated beliefs.
If you do not know what you believe, you will be tossed about by the beliefs of others, lacking stability in your life. So, it is important you take the time to ask yourself, what do you really believe and why? About God, relationships, yourself, money, religion, etc. Where did these beliefs come from and do you want to keep or release them?
We all have self-limiting beliefs. They are the beliefs that keep us from pursuing our goals, from fully loving ourselves and others, from living an abundant and fulfilling life. You may be familiar with some of these: I believe I will never be successful, I believe no one will ever love me, I believe the world is a fearful place, I believe there is not enough to go around, I believe I can’t do this. Changing these deeply ingrained beliefs can be difficult and is best done through counseling.
Changing beliefs can be unsettling, so we tend to hang on to beliefs even when they no longer serve us. For example, as a society we used to believe that it was okay to discriminate against people. We now realize that this is not okay, so our laws and behaviors are changing to line up with our new belief that everyone should be treated fairly, discrimination is wrong.
Sometimes changing beliefs can be difficult when everyone else wants to hang onto beliefs you no longer want to have. However, it is important that you remain true to who you are and live your life based on the beliefs that are meaningful to you, but at the same time, respect the beliefs of others that are different from your own.
Every day you get to choose what you want to believe