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Beliefs – Are You Being Served?


Roger BannisterWhat is a belief?  Wikipedia definition is:  “Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.”

Each and everyone of us have different beliefs.  I am not necessarily talking about religious beliefs.  Although, there are many different religious beliefs.  I am talking more in the context of the beliefs we individually hold that determine what happens in our lives.

A belief is just a thought that we have practiced for so long that it becomes a belief.  It is our mind’s way of running on automatic.  If we had to stop and think about every action that we take all day long, we wouldn’t get much beyond putting our feet out on the floor in the morning to get out of bed.  Beliefs keep the human mind functioning much in the same way an animal uses its instincts.

Most of the time, we don’t think about what we believe.  If our life is working, we breeze along unaware of the belief system our mind is using.  But, when our lives start malfunctioning or we are desiring a push to a new level in our performance, that is when we start to question our beliefs.

I have been a student of self improvement for over 20 years.  I enjoy learning.  Even in high school and college, I had an interest in psychology and how our minds work.  It wasn’t until the end of 2003 that I became very interested in my own personal belief system.

At that time, I became seriously ill.  I had let the stresses in my life get out of control.  I was deeply depressed and my body reacted to all of this by developing a life threatening heart condition.  I was benched from my usual activities and I knew to get well I had to make changes.

As the old quote goes, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”.  I came across a book called, “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murphy.  That book caused a paradigm shift in my thinking.  I started thinking in a different way about my life and what I held as my beliefs.  I believe that book saved my life.  It started me on the road to my recovery.  Today, I am a healthy and happy person.

I began a quest to learn more about how belief system impact our lives.  Once again, I stumbled upon a book that I can add to the list of books that I have read that changed my life.  It was called “Choose to Believe” by Alan Tutt.  It explained so many things about why we believe certain things and how those beliefs make us who we are.  I was so pleased to see that he has an active website bursting with great information.  For you serious self improvement knowledge seekers this website will be a great find.

My hope for you is not that you have a life threatening situation that causes you to question what you believe in, but sometimes that’s what it takes.  I do know that we all need to discover what beliefs we have, and if they are working for us.  If they aren’t, don’t we need to know how to go about making the changes?

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