Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a lot of discussion on the faculty of belief.
In any undertaking in any area of life, belief, confidence, and above all, application, are the means to achievement.
We may or may not achieve exactly what we set out to do, but we’ll be in a much better place and will have travelled some distance onto new terrain, with new and beckoning horizons.
This is one of the reasons why we need to ask ourselves about the depth, quality, and personal attachment of our beliefs.
Beliefs need to be explored.
The quality and depth of your belief is a determining factor in everything you do.
If your belief in your purpose is shaky, uncertain and fragile, then it urgently needs your attention. This is one of the reasons why I counsel people at the beginning of a programme to keep their goals to themselves.
At that stage, their goals are often indistinct, unclear, and fragile. It only takes a raised eyebrow, a hint of doubt, to undermine them.
When we set goals initially, our experience of success may be small, or in the case of a new venture, even non-existent. So, we need to establish and clarify the goals so that we are very clear about what it is we want to achieve.
This gives us time to consider and build the picture in our minds. Day by day, week by week, the picture grows and becomes more clear.
It can take a bit of time. Time well spent.
The initial idea we have, when we write a goal, or an idea that we’d like to develop, is only the tip, of the tip, of the iceberg. It needs care, attention, nourishment, clarification.
That’s when it grows. That’s when it begins to come from a stuttering idea, a vague notion, to a belief that it could become a reality. All you have to do is think about it. And keep thinking about it.
The more you think about it, the more it becomes.
So many people dismiss a perfectly valid idea in the early stages because a solution to its achievement isn’t instantly apparent. Then they make the mistake of asking for the advice of someone who has no idea, get that, no idea, of what they're talking about. And then listen to them.
It takes a bit of time for a goal to become clear. It could be five minutes, or five days, or five months.
But once the idea takes hold of the mind, and the belief in its possibility is founded, is when the idea can become a factor in your life that changes everything.
When we take that bit of time, the goal becomes such a force in our minds that we know it can be made a reality.
That’s when the goals become powers in our lives. That's when they become attainable, reinforced by the emotion attached to them.
Then they have a power that pervades our thinking, directs our minds to the activities that bring them about, sets us on a path that will lead to those activities.
Which brings us back to belief.
This isn’t new. We’ve all experienced a time, some instance in our lives, when we did something that surprised us in a way that hinted at further potential.
And then we promptly forgot about it, relegated it to a flash-in-the-pan that was probably beyond us, and not something to think about as a new beginning.
What we’ve overlooked is that the event took place, is now a reality, and therefore a credible fact in our existence.
And we’ve sold ourselves short, focused on what we don’t or haven’t done, and trained our minds to practise that direction of thinking.
Which becomes our habitual thinking. Which then becomes our reality.
We can give reign to an idea, grow it and nourish it and develop it into a distinct possibility, and let THAT become our guide, our belief, our driving force.