"The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen"
~Frank LLoyd Wright
No matter what your spiritual or philosophical views may be, there is no greater force that directs human behavior than belief. Your beliefs are what make you who you are, shape your life and guide you to your destiny. Another word for your particular set of beliefs is faith.When you read the headline for this article you may have thought it was a typo or that I had written it backward by mistake. It wasn't a mistake. In fact, the truth contained in that simple phrase is a significant part of the foundation on which I have built this blog, and am building my life. "Believe It to See It" simply means that before we see anything manifest in our lives, we must first believe it. Another way of looking at it is: What we see in our lives is a result of what we believe!
"If you are able? Everything is possible for the person who believes" ~ Jesus
Your beliefs will fall into either of two categories. Empowering or Limiting. See, your "belief system" is non-judgmental, which means it doesn't assign a "right" or "wrong" label to each belief. It simply accepts as truth whatever you feed it. Beliefs have the power to create or destroy. To empower or limit us. What beliefs do you hold that empower you? Limit you?
"By believing passionately in something that does not yet exist, we create it"
~ Nikos Kazantzakis
Every period of personal growth or personal breakthroughs begin with a change in our beliefs. If there were no change, there would be no growth or breakthrough. Beliefs are incredibly powerful, but what is truly wonderful is that we get to choose our beliefs!
"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning"
~ Mahatma Gandhi
A Call to Action
Empowering beliefs have the opposite affect of limiting beliefs. Whereas limiting beliefs hold you back, empowering beliefs propel you forward. Holding to beliefs that empower you will always result in action. They will not allow you to fall asleep in your comfort zone, but will keep you on the move.
I write this article very much in the "now" because my beliefs are moving me into action. For a long time I have worked hard to fill my mind and heart with empowering beliefs and they have taken root in me, so much so in fact, that they define who and what I am. That being the case, I am compelled to leave my comfort zone (again) and enter uncharted waters. I hold to my belief that I will experience great things and that I will succeed.
As Within, As Without
I'd like to leave you with this thought. No matter what you may profess, you are always living what you actually believe. Take a close look at your life. What does it tell you about your beliefs? Are you being held back or compelled to take action?