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What We Believe In Matters

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How does what we choose to believe in shape our lives? Are you willing and ready to broaden your view on the world and, if so, where do you even start?

Gandhi said, “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.” What we believe is our foundation, and building on those beliefs can transform our life’s journey. This quote can help us explore and develop specific personal growth plans for our life.

For example, select something important to you. It should be an area in which you want to grow. It could be faith, friends, business, community, or a specific skill. Then spend time reflecting on these questions starting with your fundamental beliefs, and narrow your focus to the area you selected.


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    1. Beliefs: How can we explore the foundation of our beliefs? How can we strengthen our beliefs? What opposing beliefs exist in our current culture? What defining facts are the basis for our beliefs?

    2. Thoughts: When do I take time to transform beliefs into thoughts? How are my beliefs reflected in my thoughts? Are my thoughts productive? How could my thinking be more aligned with my beliefs?

    3. Words: Can people see my beliefs in the words I speak? Do I speak in a constructive and supportive manner? How can I communicate my opinions and thoughts so that I am more understood?

    4. Actions: Am I living authentically? Where are my actions not a reflection of my words? What do I need to do to follow through more consistently?

    5. Habits: Are my habits aligned with my beliefs? What habit should I develop to live according to my beliefs? What habit should I break that is not in alignment with my views?

    6. Values: Do I value what is essential and in alignment with my beliefs every single day? What values in my life need to be developed or strengthened? What values am I living, but not fully understanding?

    7. Destiny: Where are my beliefs taking me? What development will help me reach the future that I want? What short term desires are pulling me away from longer-term success?

These are generic example questions. This exercise grows in significance when you can ask yourself more relevant questions based on your specific situation and your experiences. This process has helped me broaden my views, and then re-focus on how to grow. Ready to get started? What area of your life would you like to work on?

One common occurrence that many people face at some point in their lives is self-sabotaging thoughts. It’s easy to get stuck in an endless loop of thoughts about insecurities or what-ifs. When you learn to accept who you are, what changes you should make, you can finally start the process of growing. Jack Klemeyer talked about this issue in a post where he identified some behaviors that can keep you stuck in a rut.

Deciding to let go of self-sabotaging behaviors that prevent you from changing takes courage and a personal commitment to developing more effective actions. Before you go around believing you can change the beliefs and behavior of others, you have first to improve yourself. This means overcoming resistances and sabotaging behaviors that have prevented you from experiencing an optimistic attitude. No matter what obstacles you face, developing an optimistic outlook and changing unrewarding behaviors and beliefs will awaken you to eliminate self-sabotaging behaviors.

You don’t have to fall victim to this. You can recover and use this opportunity to explore and develop your own beliefs. You might even be able to help guide others on this path, too!

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Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people's lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.
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