We all have beliefs. Whether it be about the world around us (we call these Global Beliefs) or about ourselves (called Identity Beliefs). So what is a belief? A belief is a feeling of certainty about what something means to us. A belief is a force that controls all your decisions. It influences how you think and feel every moment of every day you’re alive. It determines what you will do and what you won’t do. It determines how you feel about anything that occurs in your life.
Beliefs have the power to control what you see and feel in the world around you.
What you believe in is a choice.
So how do beliefs develop? Your beliefs are developed by events that have happened in the past. Also by seeing what happens to other people or to our parents and by social influence.
Your beliefs have a direct impact on the way you think and behave.
There are two major belief systems that create meaning for your life.
1. Global Beliefs
These are assumptions or generalizations about the world around you. Example, “All men/women are bad”, “Life is hard!”
This is what you believe about yourself and about whom you are as a person. Example, “I’m a strong person.” “I’m not smart enough”.
Let’s focus on our identity for a minute. So what exactly is an identity belief? It is simply the beliefs that we use to define our own individuality. It’s what makes us unique—good, bad, or indifferent—from other individuals. It also gives us a sense of certainty about who we are, which creates the boundaries and limits within which we live our life.
HOW IS OUR IDENTITY FORMED?
You might ask, "Isn't my identity limited by my experience?" No, it's limited by your interpretation of your experience. Your identity is nothing but the decisions you've made about who you are and who you want to be. You become the labels you've given yourself. The way you define your identity defines your life.
So this all being true, the great news is that our beliefs can change. They will grow and evolve over the course of our lifetime, dependant on which way it takes us. Though in all of this, we still ultimately get to choose of what we believe in. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like a choice, though I’m here to implore you…make the choices of what you believe in purposeful, empowering and uplifting. You do have a choice, it’s just making the right belief choices for you.
To help us expand our identity beliefs, we have designed our 10-Day Challenge to push out the boundaries of what you believe. If you would love to hear more on how to undertake the challenge, click here to see a short video of Michelle explaining how it all works.
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