Your Belief System Shape Your Life

So You Better Choose Them Carefully!

A lot of people think that their belief system is like clothes. They really don’t have much choice in the matter. They just walk up to their closet, pick out what’s there, wear it, and move on to the next set of clothes the next day. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Your beliefs shape your life so you better choose them carefully.

If the clothes analogy is your attitude, then it’s fair to say that you are not living your life to your full potential.

Whether this means enjoying the best job, making the most money in your chosen career, enjoying the best relationships, or looking physically fit, beliefs play a major role in your life. No matter how clueless you are about its role, beliefs will continue to remain important in your life.

Where do beliefs draw their power?

Beliefs are like glasses. Depending on the grade of your glasses, the world may look crystal clear or it may look very fuzzy and you might even have a nasty headache when using glasses that are the wrong strength for you. Beliefs work the same way.

When you perceive reality, and I’m talking about the things that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell, they have to be filtered by something in your head. This is called your belief system. When you filter this information, you give it meaning. You give it color. You give it a certain slant or angle.

Your analysis of the things that you choose to perceive impacts the things you say, the things you do, and what you feel about yourself and the rest of the world.

The problem is a lot of people think that since they think a certain way, that this is reality when it is just thinking that same thing repeatedly over weeks, months or years has made it seem like reality.

They confuse objective reality, which is true reality with their own subjective take on the things through their lens on life.

Also, other people excuse their own warped way of perceiving reality by saying that that’s just who they are or it’s part of their personality.

Beliefs are chosen. Just as you can choose your clothes, you can choose your beliefs.

You don’t hang on to a belief system because it is just flat-out wrong and harms you. There’s something about the belief system that you have chosen that gives you enough benefits for it to be worth hanging on to.

Are you wearing a worn-out belief system?

It’s like wearing really old and worn out shoes when you may have really old shoes at home. They look nasty and they could even smell like a rat died in them but, for whatever reason, you like wearing those shoes because they’re comfortable. You know that they don’t look the best; they don’t perform all that well but you prefer their comfort. They do well enough and serve you well enough so you keep them around and you use them every day regardless of what others think.

The same applies to your beliefs. There are many belief systems that have simply outlived their purpose or usefulness. It’s important for us to take a long, hard look at our beliefs and ask ourselves some hard questions. Otherwise, we will be living far below our potential. We would continue to look at reality with tools that really don’t serve us. That’s a tragedy.

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