5 Empowering Beliefs

For me, these beliefs are newborn infants I am swaddling and nursing to life.
I believe…

1. I become what I think about

  • Do I think about wealth or poverty?
  • Do I think about vengeance or justice?
  • Do I think about freedom or control?
  • Do I think about winning or losing?
  • Do I think about war or peace?
  • Do I think about success or failure?
  • Do I think about living or dying?
  • Do I think about what I intend or what I fear?
  • Do I think about goals or obstacles?
  • Do I think about illness or health?

My thoughts are mine alone. I am responsible for my thoughts. I choose my thoughts, so I become what I choose to become.

2. People (including me) are my greatest resource

  • When I disagree with someone, do I withdraw, attack, or listen and learn something?
  • Can I set aside my pride and ask for help?
  • Do I treat others the way I would like to be treated?
  • Do I listen empathically to people, including myself?
  • Do I celebrate other people’s successes, or envy them?
  • Do I help others and expect nothing in return?
  • Do I ask others to join with me to reach shared goals?
  • Do I reward people for their efforts, including myself?

3. I really don’t know much of anything… yet

  • What am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • How did I get here?
  • What is the universe? Why does it exist?
  • Why can I feel emotion?
  • Why can I create?
  • Why am I conscious?
  • Why do I dream?
  • Why is the universe so large? Why not just one sun and one planet? Why the rest of it?
  • Why can I learn? Why am I not pre-programmed?
  • Why do I intuitively know the answer to some questions? Where does that come from?
  • Does time exist? Can I ever experience the past? Can I ever experience the future? Am I stuck only experiencing the present?

The more questions I ask, the more I realize how little I know. I find this belief empowering because I no longer feel the need to know everything, just the desire to know more. There is no end to what I can discover. While I believe I really don’t know much of anything, I also have a strange intuition that the answers to all my questions reside within my consciousness and all I need to do is remember the answer.

4. I can change my beliefs

  • Scientists once believed that man could not build a flying machine
  • Academics once believed the world was flat
  • Theologians once believed that cats were possessed by evil spirits

I once believed that I had to pick a set of beliefs (religious, political, philosophical, spiritual, economic) and hold on to them like the breath of life – that I had to defend my beliefs and justify my beliefs. I believed those beliefs had to fit into some pre-defined category. At times, I even believed it would be okay to kill for my beliefs. Paging back through my memories, I realize that my beliefs evolved as I learned and matured, so if my beliefs stop changing I have likely stopped learning and maturing too. Being open to new beliefs is to be open to growth. This belief doesn’t mean I should change my beliefs, it means I can choose to change them.

5. The results I get from life are the direct result of my beliefs

  • If I believe I have something to fear, that’s what I will get – fear
  • If I believe it won’t last – it won’t
  • If I believe I can do it – I will
  • If I believe I am independent – I am free
  • If I believe I am wealthy – I will not want
  • If I believe in others – their creativity will flourish
  • If I believe I can change my beliefs – I will grow

If you aren’t getting the results you desire or expect, try on some new beliefs, look in the mirror, and see if you like what you see.

For more see Steve Pavlina’s podcast #5

3 thoughts on “5 Empowering Beliefs”

  1. Fine article. Made me think. What came into my head, if I had to define my sense of empowerment, and what you say in #4 above, is that change is always for the better. The past is over, so don’t live there, thinking about what you didn’t get that someone else has, justifying your personal state of rotten-ness. Don’t dwell too much dragging yourself through today, the job, the kids, the groceries, it’s all temporary. In your head, live today in the future you want tomorrow, even though it might change along the way. Welcome any change with curiosity, like a new puzzle piece you’ve been given, and can turn about to see how it fits best in the big puzzle. It’s not to be kept at arm’s length, so as not to rock the boat of the present.

  2. You do not choose your thoughts. The brain is a mechanism that responds to external stimuli. Think about something right now, go ahead. Now was that something related to anything that you saw, felt, or read? Of course it was. Now think about crayons. Did you think about crayons because you chose to or because I asked you to? Free will is one of the most oppressive misconceptions on human development. Once we get past it and understand the determined mind then we can flourish, until then we labor under the misconception that we should have been able to do something instead of recognizing that we had no say and correcting the matter through interaction with other causal agents.

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