Last month, I wrote about five little words that helped inspire a young woman to put together the pieces of a shattered life.
Imagine – Create – Believe
Achieve – Inspire – Transform
If you can imagine a better life, you can create it. If you believe you can, you will find the strength and resources to make it happen. But first you have to believe.
We are often Unaware of our Beliefs
Beliefs involve a conviction, a mindset and attitude – an approach to life where we take a position or point of view and act upon it with the assumption that something good or positive will result.
We don’t often think about it, but our beliefs are influencing our decisions in one way or another every day. Some we rarely give much thought to; such as the sun rising and setting even when hidden by clouds – we simply take for granted it is there. Others seem insignificant, such as believing your favorite sports team will win and cheering them on in the stands.
Yet, our beliefs guide and direct what we do all the time. In fact, when we do things that go against our beliefs and values, we will feel discontented, uneasy and distressed.
What do you believe in?
Losses, tragedies, and misfortunes will put into question what we believe. We assume the trust and expectation we put in a marriage will last a lifetime.
We believe we will live a long and healthy life and then get MS. Our spouse dies before his/her time; our child is killed by a drunk driver.
We believe that if we get our degree we will be guaranteed a steady job doing work we love only to find ourselves dissatisfied and unhappy or without a job.
The expectations and assumptions we had and believed in are now questioned and challenged
And then you also begin to question yourself, your worth and your ability to make good decisions. You may question God – is He real – does He care. Do we believe enough to have confidence and faith to take that next step and try one more time?
Identify what you believe in and why
Sit down and make a comprehensive list of what you believe in and why you value those beliefs. If you don’t know what is important to you, what you believe, you will be conflicted in your goals and aspirations.
Here are some of mine:
– I believe God gives us the strength and courage to face any adversity we encounter – I need to ask, be open and receive.
– I believe when I face fear head on, it will shrink in size.
– I believe I can overcome whatever obstacle comes my way
– I believe we can learn from our mistakes and become more honest and genuine in the process
– I believe we will find solutions to our problems if we accept and believe we can
I believe we need one another for support and encouragement. I believe there is determination and resiliency within each of us. We need to be willing to dig deep to find it and put it to good use. Life isn’t always easy. But when we hang onto our faith and believe that we can, we can see amazing results.
My list can go on and on. Your list may look totally different than mine. What is important is that you know what you believe and why. These will be important values you take with you as you move forward and take that next step.
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