How To Better Your Life Using Belief

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Belief is the foundation of everything. Through feeling repetitious thoughts with consistent actions, belief can be used to change your life.

Understanding The Importance Of Beliefs

Beliefs are the cornerstone of human thought processes, shaping our perspectives, decisions, and actions. By understanding the nature of beliefs, we gain insights into how we make sense of the world around us.

Beliefs play a pivotal role in shaping culture and society. They influence social norms, moral values, and the collective identity of communities. Understanding those dynamics is essential for addressing societal challenges and exploring differing perspectives.

The study of belief is also important. Understanding how it influences thought and action can be a powerful tool for personal growth. 

Ultimately comprehending what beliefs are contributes to the advancement of knowledge and the improvement.

Beliefs affect how we live through life.

Explaining Beliefs

At its core, belief is the acceptance or conviction that something is true or exists, often without direct empirical evidence.

This means without necessarily experiencing the things said to be true or correct, but instead merely agreeing with the source claiming it to be so. This can be from religion and philosophy to everyday assumptions about the world and personal values.

Beliefs serve as a framework for understanding reality and guiding our decisions and behavior. This can evolve and adapt over time in response to new information, experiences, or perspectives. Its formation is influenced by a variety of factors, including cultural background, upbringing, education, personal experiences, and social influences. 

Beliefs can be conscious or subconscious, and they contribute to how we see the world.

This is How A Belief Is Created

The creation of a belief

Beliefs are complex cognitive constructs shaped by several factors. They are made of a combination of cognitive, social, and emotional influences. The scientific understanding of its formation draws from different studies, including psychology, sociology, and neuroscience.

Psychology

Cognitively, beliefs often emerge as a result of how individuals process information. Biases (such as confirmation bias) and availability heuristics, contribute to the selective processing of information. This aligns with pre-existing ideas, reinforcing and strengthening them over time. Judgments Under Uncertainty: Heuristics And Biases is a documented series of studies that support this understanding.

Sociology

Social factors play a crucial role in shaping beliefs, as individuals are heavily influenced by their social environment. Social learning theory has found that people acquire beliefs through observation, imitation, and modeling of others within their social context. Research revealed in the paper, Social Learning Theory at Stanford University, strongly suggests social circumstances play largely into forming beliefs.

Neuroscience

Neuroscientific research has provided insights into the neural mechanisms underlying belief formation. The brain’s reward system, particularly the release of dopamine, has been associated with reinforcing beliefs by providing a pleasurable experience when validated. The study, Neuronal Reward and Decision Signals: From Theories to Data, found the pleasure receptors in the brain uphold the strengths of beliefs.

Emotional experiences can also strongly influence the formation of beliefs. The emotional content aligned with a specific belief can create a strong attachment, which can influence decision-making.

The Impact Of Beliefs

The concept that beliefs can alter your reality is deeply rooted in psychology and philosophy. It’s also surprisingly true. 

The article, Yes, Your Thoughts Can Actually Change Reality, published in Forbes magazine, details this truth.

Psychologically, the cognitive-behavioral perspective suggests that beliefs serve as mental filters through which we interpret and make sense of experiences. In other words, a negative belief leads to negative behaviors, like abuse, violence, rebellion, self-harm, etc.

The placebo effect is an excellent example of how beliefs can impact physical experiences.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that individuals who hold strong positive beliefs about the effectiveness of a treatment often experience health improvements, even when the treatment doesn’t really hold biochemical medicine. This phenomenon demonstrates the power of belief in influencing physiological processes, which clearly shows a direct link between mindset and physical well-being.

The philosophical underpinnings of this idea can be traced back to phenomenology, a school of thought that emphasizes the subjective nature of experience.

Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty argued that our beliefs and perceptions are intertwined, shaping the way we encounter and understand the world. The very act of perception is influenced by our pre-existing beliefs, highlighting the connection between belief and reality construction.

Research on neuroplasticity has revealed that the brain can reorganize itself based on experience and learning. This includes the formation and modification of beliefs, which can lead to structural and functional changes in the brain. This provides a neural basis for the transformative power of beliefs on realities.

Tools Shaping Beliefs

The creation of belief

Some tools and instruments influence belief. Those vary wildly and can be both tangible objects and intangible concepts that help shape our perspectives and convictions. 

Feng Shui has a strong impact on belief systems.

Rooted in the belief that the arrangement of objects in a space can affect the flow of energy (chi), the goal of Feng Shui is to create harmonious environments that promote well-being and balance. This involves the arrangement of furniture, choosing colors, and incorporating specific elements to optimize the energy in a given space. Physical interaction with the objects under this philosophy has been known to greatly mingle with the perception of truth.

Religious symbols and artifacts are also powerful tools that influence belief. 

For example, the cross in Christianity, the crescent moon in Islam, and the lotus flower in Buddhism all serve as physical, objects and representations of faith. These symbols act as focal points for meditation, prayer, and worship, reinforcing core beliefs and providing a tangible link between the physical and spiritual.

Technological tools also play a significant role in shaping beliefs. 

Social media platforms can serve as powerful tools that shape public opinion, disseminate information, and influence societal beliefs. The algorithms and structures of these platforms contribute to the formation of echo chambers, where individuals are exposed to information that aligns with their existing beliefs, often reinforcing and intensifying those convictions.

Repetitious Thoughts That Can Be Felt Form Beliefs

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Will Durant quoting Aristotle

The human mind is a complex and malleable entity that can be shaped. Arduous tasks, repetition, and consistent thoughts play large roles in the formation of beliefs that can alter your perception of reality. 

When you are involved in challenging and strenuous activities, your mind is often pushed to the limit. This process creates a sense of accomplishment. Over time, the mind internalizes these experiences, and the beliefs born out of this accomplishment become a part of your understanding of the world.

Repetition is another powerful methodology. The brain has a remarkable ability to adapt and rewire itself based on the frequency and intensity of certain stimuli. When thoughts or actions are repeated consistently, neural pathways are strengthened, creating a cognitive infrastructure that supports those patterns. This repetition can support beliefs, whether they are positive or negative. These get embedded deep within the subconscious mind. 

For instance, constant exposure to certain ideas or behaviors can lead to their acceptance as truths, even if they may be subjective or distorted.

Consistent thoughts, when maintained over an extended period, contribute significantly to the construction of beliefs.

The mind operates on the principle of cognitive consistency, seeking harmony and coherence in its perceptions. When thoughts align with pre-existing beliefs, they are more likely to be accepted and reinforced. Beliefs influence thoughts, which in turn strengthen those very beliefs. 

In other words, if the following happens, a deep-rooted belief usually takes root.

  1. Repeating an idea or thought for a long period
  2. Adding some kind of strong, deep emotion to each idea or thought
  3. Doing something that creates a feeling of accomplishment with each idea or thought

You Can Create Beliefs That Alter Your Reality

Consistent thoughts influence your reality.

It should be noted that the term “reality” in this context more accurately refers to the subjective (your own) experience of this waking life.

Generally, the notion of “altering or changing your reality” is often associated with turning what you interpret as a “bad” situation into a “good” or more favorable one. 

The article, How Your Thinking Creates Your Reality, published in Psychology Today, illustrates how thoughts and beliefs mold experiential reality.

Beliefs act as the lens through which we perceive the world. This influences our reactions, decisions, and overall outlook on life. 

At the same time, this is not about denying challenges or living in a state of perpetual positivity. Instead, it’s about cultivating a mindset that allows us to manage those challenges more successfully.

Beliefs serve as the cornerstone of our existence.

They are the bedrock of our identity, influencing our values, perspectives, and relationships. They inspire innovation and drive progress. In essence, beliefs are the invisible threads that weave the fabric of our lives, connecting the past, present, and future in a tapestry of meaning and purpose.

This Is How To Create Your Own Beliefs

Beliefs are very personal, even if they are similar or align with others. What works for one person may not work for another. 

Here is a way that has been shown to create beliefs, including how to mold them to create an experience you would like to have.

A. UNDERSTAND

Know Your Current Reality And That It Can Change

Acknowledge and admit the circumstances you may be in. Do you see it as good or bad? Be honest. No matter whether you like your current reality or not, fully understand that life is dynamic. It’s constantly moving. 

One way or another, it will change, with or without your input.

B. TARGET

Be Clear About The Reality You Want

Understanding that reality is fluid, as it shifts into its next iteration, you have the ability to influence it.

Clearly define the aspects of your life that you want to change or improve. Whether it’s in your career, relationships, or personal development, having a vivid picture of the reality you want to create provides a roadmap.

Like when driving a car or taking a flight, the destination is everything.

Make Sure It’s The Reality You Want

Before committing to your new reality, be sure what you are pursuing is authentically what you want. Take your time with this. It’s extremely important to be certain of what you desire.

Really consider the many aspects of your new reality. Are there any negatives to it? If so, do the positives outweigh it?

C. ACTION

Make A Personal Declaration Of Your New Reality

Articulating your intentions is where thought begins to become form. 

Create a personal declaration that succinctly captures the essence of the reality you desire. This declaration serves as a commitment to yourself and life. Speak it aloud regularly to reinforce your dedication to the pursuit of your chosen reality.

Spend Time Seeing And Feeling Your New Reality

Visualization is a powerful tool for manifesting change. 

Dedicate time to mentally immerse yourself in the details of your envisioned reality. Picture the scenarios, feel the emotions, and experience the sensations associated with your desired state. 

Create Goals Toward Your New Reality

Break down your overarching vision into actionable goals. 

Establishing clear, measurable objectives provides a roadmap for progress. Set realistic milestones that align with your desired reality and consistently work towards them. 

By focusing on manageable steps, you build momentum and increase the likelihood of successfully transitioning from your current state to the envisioned reality.

Privately Feel As If Your New Reality Has Happened

Embody the emotions and mindset associated with your desired reality in your daily life, but do this in private. 

Before external circumstances fully align with your vision, cultivate a sense of gratitude, contentment, and confidence as if the change has already occurred. This internal shift not only fosters a positive outlook but also attracts opportunities and circumstances conducive to the manifestation of your new reality.

Doing this in private helps to avoid scrutiny, disbelief, and potential opposition from friends and family. Most people mean well, however, there is a reason why so few live their dreams.

It requires committed vision as you work your way there.

Use Belief Enhancement Tools 

Various tools and techniques to enhance your belief can help bring about your envisioned reality. Visualization, positive affirmations, and mindfulness practices are excellent enhancement tools. 

Physical objects, like talismans, pictures, or artifacts, create a bodily connection to the reality you are creating. Frequently touching or seeing those objects tend to encourage and stimulate on the way there. 

Music and sounds are also excellent. Selecting  a song, score or sounds (waterfall, ocean, nature, etc) has been found to produce emotional responses that positively affect the listener.

Feng Shui is also an exceptional methodology to create environments that reduce resistance to whatever you may be believing. You can read more about the benefits of Feng Shui here.

D. PATIENCE

Be Consistent For However Long It Takes

Consistency is the basis for transformation. 

Commit to your journey and maintain consistent effort, regardless of the time it takes to see tangible results. If you’re willing to take your entire life to achieve the reality you want, it won’t take very long. 

Change is often gradual, and setbacks are a natural part of the process. 

Don’t Worry About How You Get There

Be willing to do what needs to be done, but don’t be concerned about how your reality unfolds. 

Remain flexible and open to unexpected opportunities and paths. 

Focus on the “what” and “why” of your vision, trusting that the “how” will reveal itself along the way. Embrace uncertainty with a sense of curiosity rather than anxiety, allowing for organic growth and adaptation. By letting go of the need for rigid control along the way, you create space for serendipity. 

This may lead you to your envisioned reality in ways you hadn’t initially imagined.

An Example Of Belief Affecting Reality

Creating and using your own beliefs, especially in alignment with the proper tools, like Feng Shui, can change your reality. I essentially formed my own belief about getting a good-paying job. This is what I did.

First, I reminded myself with zero doubt, that life is constantly shifting and changing. No matter what I did or did not do, reality is going to become something else. As such, I understood that I could influence those shifts favorably. 

Next, after thorough research and contemplation, I decided on a job type that I truly felt I would enjoy. However, I also remained OPEN TO SOMETHING BETTER than the job I had chosen.

Note: The idea behind being open a to a job other than what I pursued is due to lack of insight. The job I desire may appear awesome, however, there could be something negative I’m not privy to. My objective was to be hired for a job I enjoy and to be paid very well.

Then, I updated my resume (CV), studied new techniques and skills related to the employment position I desired, and applied for those roles. As I did, I kept seeing and feeling myself having the job, enjoying and prospering in it.

Finally, I kept at it until I was interviewed and got the position.

The result was that I actually did NOT get the job I originally applied for. Instead, I was offered a different one, with better pay and less stressful responsibilities. 

Why Belief Is So Important After 40

Cars with years of experience.

Life after 40 is often considered a major change in most people’s lives. Simultaneously, there is a heightened awareness of not only yourself but the world. During this phase of life, belief is of even greater importance. 

A deeper understanding of mortality and the realization that time is moving quickly becomes apparent. Having a belief, something that is heartfelt, fundamentally takes over as the driving force to move you. This turns into a way to overcome the fear of taking risks, embracing change, and reaching for goals that may have been set aside earlier in life.

Choosing to believe in something important to you, be it getting in shape, becoming healthy, achieving a level of financial success, being in a fulfilling relationship, or adventuring to far off place, whatever your desire, can become reality determines how you live. 

The common trend too many people fall into is giving into the onsetting decline that comes with age. Just read the article 40 Ways Life Gets Worse After 40 for a better understanding. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Yes, there will be changes, but that doesn’t mean suffering. Quite the contrary. There is a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, skills, relationships, and more available to those over 40. It doesn’t matter where your life may currently be.

Everyone has something that has been gained from living over 40 years in this life. This is your advantage and an asset to be used for you.

Believe in a dream you have, feel it from the heart, be willing to take consistent actions toward it, and watch what happens. 

You can read more about what I wrote on the benefits of being 40 here

Until the next time…

Cheers!

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