How We Can POSSESS Our Beliefs!

๐Ÿ“Œย The Optimist believes in the best for the future. Therefore their mind tends to focus on hope and faith.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Pessimist believes in the worst for the future. Therefore their mind tends to focus on what’s wrong with the world.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Realist believes in seeing things as they are, not better or worse. Therefore their mind tends to focus on the facts, not the stories about the facts.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Cynic believes in the selfishness of others. Therefore their mind tends to focus on distrusting other people’s “good” intentions, regardless of the truth.

What do all these categories have in common? They are all ways of looking at life. I’m not saying which is more “right” or “wrong”; they just are ways of seeing the world. And each outlook will produce a different experience of living.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ŸŒŸย Our outlook constantly colors and shapes how we perceive life.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Take an example of people who get in a car accident.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Optimist hopes the people in the accident are all okay.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Pessimist expects most, if not every person in the accident has died.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Realist measures the probability that each people in the accident will live or die.

๐Ÿ“Œย The Cynic assumes the people in the accident were intentionally careless or, perhaps, intentionally caused it to collect insurance money.

๐ŸŒŸย We don’t see life as it is. We see life as a reflection of our worldviews.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Carl Jung talked about how ideas can possess people, rather than people possessing ideas. And when a worldview possesses a person, the person is no longer in control. The worldview itself speaks through the person.ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Having beliefs and worldviews aren’t intrinsically bad. We all have them and need them to function. It’s when we lose our self-control at the expense of our beliefs and worldviews when they become a problem.ย ๐Ÿ‘

So how can we check if our beliefs and worldviews possess us?

๐Ÿ“ย Acknowledge most of our beliefs are not even our own. We’ve picked them up over time, had them conditioned into us by our environments, and embraced these subjective truths as our own.

๐Ÿ“ย Challenge our beliefs. Question how they could in fact be wrong. Dare our egos to poke holes in them, as much as our egos don’t want to. Question our ego’s need to hold onto them.

๐Ÿ“ย Seek other points of view that challenge our beliefs. It doesn’t mean you have to agree or support them. You can empathize with opposing beliefs and viewpoints and still disagree with them.

Why We Hold Beliefs TIGHT!

“๐’€๐‘ถ๐‘ผ’๐‘น๐‘ฌ ๐‘พ๐‘น๐‘ถ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ซ ๐‘ฐ’๐‘ด ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฏ๐‘ป! ๐‘ท๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘ฐ๐‘ถ๐‘ซ!”ย ๐Ÿคฌ

One thing 2 people can easily get caught up in is an argument. I don’t mean one where both sides share their perspectives in a respectful and open manner.

(This is the Internet after all!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰)

I mean one where it becomes less about exchanging ideas and more about wanting to be “right”. It becomes a game of egoic dominance over the other person.

Why do we do this? I’ll give you one reason.

๐ŸŒŸย ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Being “wrong” can feel very uncomfortable because when you’re so attached to your beliefs it feels like a personal attack on you, rather than a simple disagreement on your beliefs.ย ๐Ÿ˜จ

Say you are an advocate for the environment, and you wholeheartedly believe that what you’re doing is helping it.ย ๐ŸŒฑ

But then say someone comes along who disagrees with what you’re doing. They present to you a different viewpoint you hadn’t thought of before, arguing what you’re doing is actually hurting the environment more than it is helping it.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Instead of hearing their points, you jump on the defense! You filter out the things they are saying. “๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’•’๐’” ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’๐’๐’–๐’”! ๐‘ฐ’๐’—๐’† ๐’…๐’๐’๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’”! ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’š ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’…๐’๐’’๐’• ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’š’๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’•!”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Whether they had a valid point or not didn’t matter. You shut yourself off from hearing what they had to say. Because it was more comfortable sticking to what you already knew.ย โŒ

Ignorance can indeed be bliss.ย ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐ŸŒŸย ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด “๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด” ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ. ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

Why You Should CHOOSE Your Beliefs!

 

What does life mean to you? What is life about for you? ๐Ÿค”

Whatever answers you have to these questions will tell me a lot about you. No, really! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

How? Because we ALL carry beliefs in our lives. And whatever beliefs we carry will reflect out into our daily lives.

๐Ÿ“ The person who believes in the goodness of people will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes everyone is only out for themselves will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes the world is a threatening, dangerous place will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes the world is a fun playground to explore will find it.

๐ŸŒŸ Whatever you seek, you will find. ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ”But I don’t just believe it! It’s a fact!” ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

It’s important we distinguish the difference between a fact and a belief.

๐Ÿ“– A fact is verifiable through research and evidence. It can includes numbers, dates, etc. “He rang the doorbell at 2:45pm.”

๐Ÿ“– A belief is a personal conviction based upon your values, an example being faith. It does not require proof or evidence: “I believe it, therefore it is true.”

It’s not to say beliefs are bad. It’s to say they are different from facts, and we should be careful not to mix the two. Beliefs are part of what help guide us through our lives. They can help serve our personal growth. But they also can impede on it too. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

๐ŸŒŸ “If you think you CAN or you think you CAN’T you’re right.” ๐ŸŒŸ

Your beliefs not only affect you but also the people around you. They affect what peer groups you’re going to be around. They’ll affect the people who want to spent time with you. They’ll affect the very course your life takes!

๐ŸŒŸ It’s important we possess our beliefs, not let our beliefs possess us. ๐ŸŒŸ

It’s why I purposefully have chosen to believe the best in people; I didn’t carry this belief from Day 1! But I carry it now because it has served me in my life. I’ve personally found it has made my life so much more rewarding! ๐Ÿ˜„

What beliefs will you choose for your life? Whatever you choose will set your future course!ย โค๏ธย #TranscendLabels

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