What do you believe in?
If you were to ask my daughter, she’s a firm believer in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and magical fairies that change the seasons. Her worldview is shaped by these beliefs, and she thinks that all of these things are possible.
But us adults are much smarter! We hold only realistic beliefs about the world and ourselves. Or do we?
What beliefs are driving your mindset?
- What kind of life are you capable of living?
- What do you really need to be happy?
- Can you become financially independent?
- Will you find a career that fulfills you?
- Is it possible to love yourself?
We hold beliefs that drive our view of the world, whether we actively recognize them or not. These underlying thoughts live within all of us.
And we can only live a life in accordance with what we believe is possible.
If we don’t believe it’s possible to be happy without having X, Y or Z, then we won’t be happy unless we have those things.
If we don’t believe it’s possible to save money and be debt free, then we’ll never make decisions that allow us to become financially secure.
If we don’t believe that we can be happy with ourselves, then we’ll never take the actions to treat ourselves better.
Identify Your Driving Beliefs
As you consider the life you want to live, start by determining what you believe is possible. Think about the beliefs that drive the way that you perceive the world.
If you don’t determine your beliefs, the culture around you will determine them for you. The news media, your friends and family, etc., will set the standards for the life you live. Is that what you want?
My daughter will certainly learn that magic fairies are not what control the weather, but my hope is that she’ll continue to think big. I want her to hold beliefs that allow her to build a full and engaging life for herself.
This post is Day 21 of 21 Days of Simple.