Belief really is everything. Without it, nothing of any significance happens. We’d still be living in caves! Why? Because, if we don’t believe, we don’t act! Simple as that. And that can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Think about it:
If you didn’t believe your company was going to pay you, would you go to work in the morning?
If you didn’t believe the medicine was going to do you good, would you drink it?
If you didn’t believe that gorgeous looking person might go out with you, would you ask them?
If you didn’t believe you’d get value from reading this blog, would you bother?
Belief is the starting point of all action.
Even down to our animal reflexes. They’re all based on the belief that if we don’t respond there will be a negative consequence: you pull away form something that’s hot, in the belief that if you don’t you’ll get burnt.
Belief is both wonderful and terrifying...
... because it can change the world! In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has. Some people believe in peace and justice and can be an incredible force for good in the world - Lennon, Mandela, Martin Luther King, Gandhi. Others believe in dominating others - Hitler, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Ceasar.
The trouble is...
...most people don’t really believe in anything other than what’s right in front of their eyes. And right now the media seem intent on telling everyone how dangerous, frightening and evil the world is. It’s a dog eat dog world and everyone’s out to get you. You can’t trust anyone, they’re all out for themselves, and unless you look after yourself and screw the rest, you’ll get screwed.
And if you chose to believe that’s what the world’s like, that’s what it will be like! Which is the key: it is a choice. You can choose to believe the world is full of wonderful, amazing, kind people, and it will be so.
If you choose this belief, you will attract others with the same energy, and you will create your reality in exactly the way you decide. But most of all...
...you must believe in yourself.
We’re constantly ‘corrected’ when we deviate from what is perceived as normal. Look at how they tried to correct Galileo. [It took the Catholic Church until the 1990’s to finally forgive him for the heresy of suggesting the earth moved round the sun - it’s true!] But he still believed.
If we’re going to...
...prevent ourselves from getting sucked back into what is normal and mediocre, we have to believe in ourselves and the truth of our dreams. Did Mandela stop believing all those years he was incarcerated? No way! HIs belief saw him through to emerge in triumph, against all odds!
How did Viktor Frankl survive the Nazi concentration camps? He believed totally in the ultimate good of the human spirit - despite all the evidence to the contrary. He looked on his guards as human beings, with all the insecurities, frailties and fears that permitted them to be duped into committing such atrocities.
If you look for good, you will find it everywhere.
Look for the good in yourself, dream big, believe in your dream and use that dream as a force for good in the world.
Believe that you were put on this planet for a reason. And that reason was to make a positive difference to the lives of others, to lift people up and make the world a better place.
Believe that you can and will make a difference, and act in that belief!
I believe in you.