July 1: Beliefs

I love the story of the conversation I overheard at work.  One guy says to the other, “It’s just the way I was raised!”  That allowed him to be and do what he had always been and done.  Then the other guy said, “Yeah, but do you really want to live the way you were raised?”

Do we really want to continue to do as we have always done, and be as we have always been?  Are there even better ways to do and BE?  Can we actively habituate the practice of ALWAYS UPGRADING?

If it is true that EVERYTHING is an inside job, and that we PROJECT into reality our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives, how important it then becomes to ALWAYS BE UPGRADING!!!

Hearing this at work really got me thinking.  When we were all being raised by (hopefully) loving, well-meaning parents, who had our best interest at heart, they were doing the very best they could with the experiences, wisdom, and knowledge they had at that time.  If we think our parents (or who ever else may have raised us) haven’t grown, progressed, re-calibrated, adjusted, learned, expanded, and changed since that time, we are fooling ourselves.  Decades later, after all they have learned and experienced, don’t you think they would have raised us in a completely different manner?  If they knew then what they know now, and could go back in time and have another go at it, don’t you think that there is a possibility that they would do an even better job?  I know I would be a totally different parent for my children if I could go back and do it all over again, knowing what I now know.

You see, the belief system we were taught while growing up is something we adopted and we’re conditioned and programmed with, and at a very early age.  For some of us, the beliefs we STILL use to create our personal reality was crammed down our throats.  We were literally being programmed, by everything and everyone around us.  EVERYTHING is information, and our beliefs and perspectives are the filters through which we see all things and which gives us our perception on ALL things.  The quality of our beliefs and perspectives determine the quality of our decisions and outcomes.  They determine every definition and meaning we choose to assign to all that we interact and respond to.

Our beliefs and perspectives are the filters through which we create our realities.

Very few of us fought this programming or questioned authority, and chose to believe different things and change our beliefs along the way.  Some people, myself included, simply went with it, believed blindly and without question, conforming to the beliefs of the majority of the people we surrounded ourselves with.

We still may be living according to the same rules and beliefs we were raised with as small children, and that is perfectly fine, as long as we are 100% happy and pleased with the current results of our life experiences.  If not, it may be a good time to optimize and improve upon our beliefs, or seek out new perspectives to replace the old ones, altogether, resulting in an alternate, possibly more enjoyable, personal reality.

It is the device installed in our brains called the RAS (Reticular Activation System) that ONLY ALLOWS IN THAT WHICH CONFORMS TO AND RECONFIRMS OUR CURRENT BELIEFS, and which will only allow us to expand as far as our beliefs can take us.

Isn’t it time to take a good look at our beliefs and question all of them?  I did something incredibly challenging and helpful:  I made a list on one page titled, “Ineffective Beliefs-beliefs I perceived to be raised with that may be harming me or causing me pain without me even knowing it.”  On another page, I wrote:  “Effective Beliefs-beliefs I want to adopt and live by, which will benefit me and those around me, and empower me to create an even better life.”  It’s been years, and I am still adding to this list.  It has been the source of self-examination which has been healing, terrifyingly difficult, and hugely helpful.  It isn’t an easy task and it isn’t supposed to be.  It is, however, completely worth it!

I created a personal project called, THE GOODINTHEHEAD BELIEFS PROJECT.  Google it to check it out.

Self-exploration leads to an opportunity for improvements.

Knowledge is power.  Knowledge about oneself is self-empowerment.”



Today I will accept the challenge to question all of my beliefs.  I will make two separate lists labeled, “Ineffective” and “Effective,” or “Helpful” and “Unhelpful,” or “Empowering” and “Disempowering,” and add to the lists as often as I can or feel I need to, or as often as I discover new beliefs I think will be empowering to me in my personal recreation process.  I want to have and adopt beliefs which will be beneficial to myself and those around me.  I will replace any harmful belief with one which is beneficial.  I will always strive to be in a creative state, instead of a destructive one.

The goodinthehead Beliefs Project can be googled, and may be found useful in jump-starting a beautiful growth process:

One of the most empowering interviews I have come across regarding our own, personal belief system, which introduced me to my all-time favorite book, MINDSET, by Carol Dweck, can be found on YouTube.  Simply type, “Impact Theory Carol Dweck,” into the search engine.

The Universe was designed from the very beginning to constantly conspire on our behalf. ALL things that transpire are happening FOR us, not TO us. It is our perceptions and beliefs that make it so…WE create our physical reality, and it all starts with our thinking.

The quality of our thinking determines the exact mixtures of chemicals and hormones INSTANTLY injected into our blood stream with each and every thought. Within TWO pumps of the heart, that mixture travels in the blood stream to over 60,000 to 100,000 MILES of blood vessels throughout our entire body. AMAZING.

If we HABITUALLY only allow high quality thinking and only high quality content to occupy the space and energy within us, ONLY healing hormones and chemicals will be created. When we shrink from fear and expand into LOVE, we create a reality FILLED with nothing but “perfect days.”

BE LOVE. By doing so, it is all we will experience, attract, magnetically pull into our team, and consistency re-create.  We attract more of who we are.

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Remember:  Mindset matters.  Character counts.  That which we choose to consistently focus on is what EXPANDS in our lives.  WE CREATE our personal realities.

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