What Do You Believe In?

Nov 24, 2012 by

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Recently, I have been giving serious thought to everything I’ve ever believed in. Not to go into much detail, I’m one that has grown to believe in a lot of things. Some realistic, some larger than life, some a little narcissistic and a lot through the world around me. Regardless of what it is, I constantly question myself as to why I believe in these things. Root reasons that I’ve come up with often end up around my background as an individual, things I’ve encountered in life, people I’ve personally related with and people I look up to. Do I truly love and relate to these beliefs or are they just placeholders for an otherwise empty means of existence? Needless to say, that is a tough question that usually ends up albeit, rhetorical in many situations, at least for me.

Either ways, we all agree that life is much more wholeful and worth living when we believe in something, whether its God, love, science, karma, our really cute dog or a profound impact which our belief is going to have on the world around us. The key is, there has to be that belief in something that is larger than you. Something that has a direct impact on why you live. Why you wake up in the morning, get through your day and its nuances and eventually feel fulfilled that all is going on well, and possibly for a reason. Believing gives us something to hold on to. Joan of Arc said “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” and I couldn’t agree more.

I have personally, through my walks of life chosen to believe in God. Not because of my background or the people who I’ve been blessed to be influenced by; at least not anymore, but because I’ve experienced through faith that a lot has worked out in my favor. Not through my own doing, but through the faith I’ve had by believing in God. Now, that has been my personal experience, and I’ve met a lot of people, truly, who have experienced the same type of faith in a different dimension through the things that they believe in, and I openly appreciate and respect them for that. But as they say, some of us may take different paths, but we may, after a long journey, end up in the same place.

The key idea here is, its tough to find meaning or purpose in life without believing in anything. Feverishly working through minute by minute, day by day waiting for the next thing to happen and putting ourselves at the mercy of the world around us. When we believe in something, we are grateful about the life we live and everything that encompasses it. We can savor every moment with the things and people we love knowing that they are there for a reason. We can acknowledge that there is a purpose why we exist, that there is a reason for every thought, experience and the lessons we learn from them. We can make an impact, be the difference, be the love and companion of the someone or people around us. We can take decisions with a compass, aligning us back to our centered self, not the temporary desires and manipulations the world offers us on an “oh so comfortable” platter of gold. We can work hard and excel at the things that we expend ourselves doing with dignity and a deep, fulfilling sense of purpose.

This doesn’t in any fashion mean that we should impress, judge or force our beliefs on the world around us. Respecting other people and their beliefs is a key ingredient to peace, love and more profoundly, a key component to making a positive impact through our lives. Finger pointing made a positive impact, said nobody, ever. Our lives should be a living testimony of what we’ve chosen to believe in, and if infact others choose to share our beliefs with us, it should be because of the fact that our lives have made an impact that they want to share and experience.

So ask yourself, what do I believe in? Why? What type of impact is my belief making on the world, my life and the people I share it with?

Food for thought.

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Believe In Yourself

Oct 21, 2011 by

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I was doing a personal review of myself lately and a few things came to my mind about personalities and affirmation. Do we realize how much power we give to the people around us? How someone tells you you’re looking good and all of a sudden your day brightens up and you feel good all through the day? Or how someone gives you an awful look and you get self conscious for the rest of the day? We tend to forget that we also have ourselves to uplift ourselves regardless of what anyone says or does. Does this mean affirmation from people around you is not important? No! But we’re going somewhere with this.

As with almost everything in life, there’s a spiral effect. Possibilities are that when you get your first compliment for the day, you brighten up. You feel confident and pretty or handsome. And as a result, you get more compliments and the day keeps getting better and better. You’ll perform better at work, have a better attitude and get even more affirmations from people in other things that have nothing to do with your look because that first compliment uplifted you. Same goes for getting a bad vibe or outrightly hearing from someone that you look bad. The day also takes a downward spiral. You get self conscious, fall on your face, can’t get anything right at work and just have a bad day altogether.

Now here’s the catch. You can be the one to give yourself that first compliment or that first boost that sends your day in an upward spiral. These things are generated from within. First things first, be confident in your own skin. If you’re tall, short, skinny or plump… Accept that it is who you are at least at this very moment. If there’s something you don’t like about yourself that you can change, get on an action plan to have it changed immediately (that’s another topic for another day). But yes, accept yourself exactly the way you are today. There’s something to appreciate about yourself regardless of your inconsistencies. Find those things and accentuate them. Chances are when you do a good job at accentuating your assets before stepping outside your door, you’ll come out feeling confident and radiant. You’ll start out your day feeling like you can take over the world.

The key here today is that you can have yourself positively empowered everyday if you learn how to find affirmation from within and then initiate the spiral effect for yourself. I used looks as an instance in this piece because it is one thing I know a lot of people can relate to but this applies to everything. Career, sports, projects, etc. With you or your team believing and being passionate right from day one, you send out the energy you need to get more energy from the world around you.

  1. Believe in yourself
  2. Believe in whatever is worth your time
  3. Don’t wait for the rest of the world to empower you. Affirm yourself knowing that your effort is a seed that will grow and create a spiral of affirmations from the world around you.
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