I am fortunate to be surrounded by amazing people who have created or are in the process of creating an extraordinary life. As a professional speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and father, people often compliment me on my ability to express my thoughts and how those thoughts inspire action in others. I appreciate these flattering observations. However, I am only able to inspire because I listen with my eyes and ears.
Life is complicated and convoluted; there is no one size fits all approach to arriving at our desired destination. However, I will say that a person’s relationship with their beliefs is the most influential relationship of their life. All you have to do is log in to Facebook or watch the news to see countless examples of people who fail to believe in the possibilities.
“For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” — Stuart Chase
I enjoy asking questions, but I love delivering solutions. I am a parent of four young children, I coach a youth baseball team, and I work with middle and high school students, collegians and professionals. What I recognize is how curiosity and wonder slowly dissolve as people get older. I get it…heartbreak, loss, embarrassment, and failure obviously influence our perspectives, and life can be cruel. Though, when I interact with adults who have accomplished incredible feats, I am always struck by how well they manage their beliefs. Despite experiencing failure, loss, heartbreak, and embarrassment, they continue to believe in possibilities. In trying to decipher their approach that delivers them to achieve greatness, I have found that they thrive off of challenging their own beliefs.
We are hard wired to believe before we reason. Once we form a belief, we tend to seek out evidence that conforms to it. We even go so far to protect our belief by ignoring contrary evidence or make up rationalizations to explain it away. Rarely do we admit we are wrong or change our mind. People who can manage their ego enough to challenge their beliefs are much more likely to discover truth and fulfillment.
Why do we believe what we believe?
It is critical to understand the foundation where our beliefs are formed if we want to successfully challenge them and gain a competitive advantage in this rapidly-changing world. The purpose of this article is to equip you with insight that may allow you to better understand how to test your assumptions, recognize your own biases, and ultimately, effectively decide when to change your beliefs. Our experiences obviously shape our beliefs, but it is important to recognize the sources that shape our assumptions, convictions, and fears.
Sources of belief
Internal-Emotional, Sensory, Intuition
External-Authority, Science, Logic
So let’s find out why you believe what you believe…
Write down your answers to the following questions:
To be successful at work, I need?
If my partner/spouse ________________ we would be much happier.
I am not in the shape I should be in because ________________.
These are just some very basic examples to prompt a discussion with yourself so that you can start being more aware of how your beliefs are serving or hindering you.
Kids love asking questions; you would think as we grow older, we would learn to ask better questions, but our interpretation of our experiences tend to reinforce our assumptions, leading us to stop asking questions. If you feel like something is missing in your life, ASK BETTER QUESTIONS!!! THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO BETTER SOLUTIONS!!!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous. But honestly, who are you to not be so?” -Marianne Williamson
I battle everyday to capture wonder and to stay curious. It reinforces my belief in what is possible. Allow your engine of belief to deliver you to your beautiful suppose to be by challenging what you think you already know.
Eric Thompson is the owner of Global Ascension Productions and founder of The Brilliance Project. Eric has developed a plan that helps people to synergize their inner virtues, allowing them to discover and fully utilize the hidden strengths that so many people never use – their Brilliance.
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