“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Have you seen the 2015 Disney film, Inside Out? If you haven’t, it starts off with Riley’s birth, and just like us, she came into this world with her mind a clean slate. Unconsciously, she developed beliefs that paved the way to different emotions like joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust.
Yes, we face the world everyday ready to collect information from our direct surroundings. And then, we form our beliefs based on what we gathered. May it be how our mom’s gentle swaying motion comforted us or how dad’s gentle whispers triggered a smile. A child absorbs all this information, and little by little beliefs are formed. These beliefs are the bedrock from which that little kid soon behaves and interacts with the world.
Our Beliefs and How We View Life
It has been said that the beliefs we form in our childhood and early teens are what makes our core beliefs. These are considered the strongest factors that drive our personality.
So, are we bound to it forever? Not necessarily.
Our personal beliefs play a significant role on how we see ourselves. It is a framework by which you measure your success and failures. It also provides a structured process through which we evaluate everything that we go through in life. It is from there where our inner voice comes from – our “personal operating system.”
Our beliefs control how we sort and file every input data we glean from our everyday experience.
But, can you imagine running your current software on an old version of Windows? The same is true when operating your life through an obsolete belief system. Beliefs also need to be upgraded because as we learn and grow, many of the beliefs we once held may no longer serve us.
Changing Your Beliefs
People who simply say that they are already wired that way and there’s no way to change themselves are simply scared to face self-improvement. There are ways to change your beliefs if it is no longer serving you well. You are capable of moulding it into something better.
Let me ask you this first: How does your belief impact your current perspective? or your current situation?
Let this question marinate in your mind. If there is something you wish to change, ask yourself the next question.
How Can We Go About Changing Our Beliefs?
The first step is to identify beliefs that shape your personality and what makes us so attached to it.
It should be noted that when you decide to change a belief, you are also changing its corresponding emotion. This is why some beliefs are quite harder to change because they have strong emotional attachments.
After you have identified these beliefs, you look into your past and understand why you formed these beliefs. Through introspection, you get to look at your internal map of reality and understand why things are the way they are. Then, scrutinize things objectively. This can be quite a challenge because the process evolves unconsciously.
The good news is, when we bring those that are in the subconscious to our consciousness, we gain control over it. Identifying the beliefs that you want to change and understanding how they were formed are enough ammo for you to break free from them.
Beliefs determine our behavior, and the only way to change our behavior is to eliminate limiting beliefs.
If there are things that you want to change in your life, don’t start from the outside. Rather, you start the change from the inside – your thoughts, your beliefs.
But, the tricky part is that we create an emotional attachment to our internal map. It is like our comfort zone where our version of what is real make us feel safe and secure. This is why we are sometimes willing to ignore or even distort anything that might put our own internal map into question.
However, if we want personal growth to happen, we need to face the fact (whether we like it or not) that our map has to be upgraded from time to time to welcome new information. Updating our beliefs will also reflect a change in our internal map. We gradually separate from our limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering ones. Instead of riddling your mind with self-doubt, replace it with self-confidence. Eventually, our map rearranges to support those beliefs. And guess what, these will also reflect in your behavior!
For example, adapting a “Yes, I can” attitude can have a positive effect on your life. A positive language becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy that will help you raise your confidence. A change can be observed in your behavior as you practice better focus and effort.
Don’t say that you have always been that way. There’s always room for improvement. If you are not truly happy with where you are at present, remember that your beliefs are like powerful gusts of wind that can redirect your sail. It is a powerful force that drives your behavior. Don’t give pessimistic expectations the power to alter your behavior and your future. Instead, induce expectations of success.
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Keep in mind that we are created to be dynamic beings. Don’t allow yourself to be stagnant when you are meant to move forward. Adapt positive beliefs and never give your beliefs a chance to limit you. In due course, this will shape a behavior that can help you achieve a life that is fulfilling, a life that you deserved.
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