The clearer you are about what you value and believe in, the
happier and more
effective you will be.
Beliefs are the assumptions we make about
ourselves, about others in the world and about how we expect things to be.
Beliefs are about how we think things really are, what we think is really true
and what therefore expect as likely consequences that will follow from our
Values are about how we have learnt to think things ought to be
or people ought to behave, especially in terms of qualities such as honesty,
integrity and openness.
Buddha's Path To Liberation
From right understanding proceeds right
from right thought proceeds right
from right speech proceeds right
By: Rabindranath Tagore
"Let this be my last word, but I trust in thy love."...
What Do You Believe About Yourself?
Many of the limitations you face in life are self-imposed. What you believe
about yourself can keep you locked behind your fears or thrust you forward
into living your dreams.
"We are what we think," said Buddha.
"Change your thinking, change your life," said Ernest Holmes.
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right," said
You become what you believe you are.
Combine Your Life Vision & Life Strategy
To get the most out of
life, ask yourself if you have both a
vision and a strategy. Think about your vision for your
future – Do you really know what you want to achieve? Have you
really thought about who you want to become? And what about your
strategy for getting there – Have you set goals?
Have you made plans for success?
Clarifying both your vision and strategy will help maximize your
motivation and your success, not to mention your health and
The Power of Positive Beliefs
What you create through your thoughts is a
system, and that belief system is ultimately what determines whether you
live a successful life. The key to changing your belief system is changing
Orison Swett Marden wrote in How to Get What
You Want, "Stop thinking trouble if you want to attract its opposite;
stop thinking poverty if you wish to attract plenty. Refuse to have
anything to do with the things you fear, the things you do not want."
Instead you must think rightly about those things you want to attract. Mark
Shearon once posed a very enlightening question to a telephone audience,
"Are you thinking about what you're thinking about?" Read that sentence
again and read it carefully. It's not a play on words.
Marden goes on to write this passage about how
much our thoughts influence the outcome of our life: "How often do we hear
it said of some man, "Everything he undertakes
"Everything he touches turns to gold?" Why? Because the man is constantly
picturing to himself the success of his undertakings and he is backing
up his vision by his efforts. By clinging to
his vision, by vigorous resolution and persistent, determined endeavor he is
continually making himself a powerful magnet to draw his own to him.
Consciously or unconsciously, he is using the divine intelligence or force
by the use of which every human being may mold himself and his environment
according to the pattern in his mind."
Define and Prioritize
The first step is to clarify your values. You ask yourself, “What values and
virtues do I most admire and wish to incorporate in to my life?” If you want
to discover your strengths in the work world, first you would define your
values as they apply to employment. Often, both companies and individuals
will choose values such as integrity,
quality, respect for others, service, profitability,
entrepreneurship, and market leadership.2
The second step is to use those values to define your position with regard
to your life and work. The values you choose, and the order of priority you
place on your choices, will determine your approach to your life and work.
Six Universal Values
emotional intelligence helps you understand how emotions run your life
and the lives of those who need what you have. Your ability to master the
study of emotions is really no more then understanding the
systems that people have. And there are six values
that behavioral psychologists agree are fundamental to all human beings.
These six values are universal to every human being living today…and in the
past…and in the future.5
Basic assumptions are our long-learnt, automatic
responses and established opinions. We are, ourselves, almost always unaware of
the nature of our own basic assumptions, but they are enacted through our
behavior - what we say and do. Basic assumptions are usually rooted in our
infancy, early family life and social context. More widely, assumptions shaping
our behavior relate to cultural context
East versus West: Philosophy and
Your Beliefs Have a Direct Impact on Your Health
Researchers of two American Universities found
that your beliefs have a direct impact on your body and health – because
your beliefs actually alter your body's chemical balance.4
really means that what you regularly think has a direct impact on your
health and your body. Because what you regularly think is what you end up
Change the way you think, you change your
beliefs and you change your life. Yes you can actually improve your life and
your body by having a positive attitude and a
positive belief system. With that in place you'll live a healthier, longer
Attitudes are the established ways of responding to people and
situations that we have learned, based on the beliefs, values and assumptions we
hold. Attitude become manifest through our behavior.