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