We might be living in a time where this word represents the most powerful set of human energy next to fear. Or maybe it always has.
As much as we want to believe ourselves to be rationale creatures, the truth is that, for most of us, deep-seated and even subconscious beliefs drive many of our actions and decisions. Beliefs easily override facts, science, and logic. Even the good of ourselves and others.
I don’t pretend to understand this, however becoming aware of it in myself has been very helpful in growing and focusing my energy. Perhaps most importantly, I have been able to realize which beliefs that I have are beliefs that I want to believe—or can’t find reasons not to believe—and which I want to work on discarding so they no longer get in my way.
Ultimately, I have to acknowledge that my beliefs make me who I am to a larger degree than many other factors. Since that is true, I really need to understand and consciously choose to support the beliefs I want to be driven by.
And that’s today’s way:
Work to know what beliefs operate in your life. Not just opinions or preferences or desires, but the beliefs underneath them. Identify them. Dig into what really drives you. What makes you care, fear, work, withdraw, go, stay. Be brutally honest with yourself, because no one else can really know what drives you.
And then ask, is this what I want for me? Is this what is really important for now and the rest of my life?
What you want to do with your life is the most important decision you can make. Make sure that the beliefs that drive that decision are the ones that you want.
There is no judgment in this. It is not about what is good and bad, right and wrong. It is about knowing better why you act and who you are. Knowing what makes you better at being you. And we need you to be good at being you.
That is one of my beliefs.