What do you believe about yourself in regards to the coming year?
Do you believe there is no way out of your current life?
Do you believe that this could be the year when your untapped potential rises to the surface?
What do you believe?
“When we bring people to believe differently, they really do become different. One of the greatest weaknesses in our teaching and leadership today is that we spend so much time trying to get people to do things good people are supposed to do, without changing what they really believe.”
“We always live up to our beliefs – or down to them, as the case may be. Nothing else is possible. It is the nature of belief.” (Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)
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Maybe this is why New Year’s resolutions rarely stick – because we try to change only our behavior, and none of our beliefs.
For centuries people have realized this: our beliefs about the world, about God, and about ourselves shape our behavior. One of the ways that humanity has attempted to radically change their beliefs, or strengthen them, has been through the practice of spiritual disciplines such as meditation, prayer, fasting, simplicity, and solitude. I’m looking at the coming year and trying to decide which of these I’d like to focus on for the year, which of these might help me become less prideful, less self-centered, more kind, more loving, gentler with my children, patient.
What you believe about yourself? What do you believe about the world? These things will shape the year to come.
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Do you have any strategies or tools for changing beliefs that will in turn change your behavior in desired ways?