Beliefs Are Not Always Facts
When I made this statement to friend of mine, he was surprised.
“Honestly,” he said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Are you saying that beliefs are not real or true, or….what?”
“Just relax-I’ll explain everything in detail,” was my quick answer.
Let me first clarify what a belief is. According to the simple Google definition, a belief is “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.”
If you look carefully at the above definition, you’ll notice that it’s about how you see the life event, how you accept a statement, opinion or view, all based on your past experience.
Now, let’s look at the definition of a fact. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “the quality of being actual; an actual occurrence: A question of fact hinges on evidence.”
Your beliefs are facts-very personal facts that are based on your own personal evidence. But that doesn’t mean that they’re always true. When you say, “I believe …it’s only your conclusion about life, how you understand and interpret life events based on your own views that have been developing since you were a child. Now, as an adult, you see life differently-but have your beliefs stayed the same? Of course not.
There is no doubt that we need to eliminate some of our inadequate and limiting beliefs if we are to establish a new way of thinking. If we really want to change our life circumstances, or to become more successful, we must think about our mindsets, the programs in our subconscious mind, and our systems of belief.
Now take a close look at your system of beliefs.
Are they working for you…or against you? You’d be surprised to see how your wrong (or old) belief system may be holding you back from achieving your life purpose and from reaching your maximum well-being.
Let me remind you that you’re running your life from your subconscious mind and not from your conscious mind. Your beliefs are the result of all your life experiences, beginning with your childhood. You actually based your belief system on the belief systems of your parents, teachers, and friends.
If you have positive thoughts, they will become positive beliefs, and positive beliefs are a part of your success. If you believe you can achieve your goal, you will achieve it. If you don’t believe in your goal, you won’t achieve it. Your beliefs will shape your reality, for better or for worse.
If you’re still in a dilemma as to why your belief system is so important to you, please read The Biology of Belief by biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton. You’ll be impressed. Dr. Lipton introduced the idea that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs, both conscious and subconscious.
What Dr. Lipton is saying is this: Take note of what is in your belief system-beliefs are very powerful, and they influence your life in many different ways.
If you have difficulties making changes in your belief system or in altering the overriding programs in your subconscious mind, remember: Change is always possible, no matter how old or young you are. And that’s a fact everyone can believe in.