Our beliefs are essentially feelings of certainty we have about events or circumstances in our daily life. They are powerful and determine and control all of our choices and actions.
Beliefs are shaped by facts, ideas, morals and even our personal experiences that we come to accept as absolute truths. Impressionable factors such as our parents, the media, and education will also shape our core beliefs.
Our beliefs are formed throughout time. Typically as we grow older we become less willing to adjust our beliefs. These are the truths that have been molded through experience and it becomes hard to see things in a different, unfamiliar light.
We can enhance our beliefs by trying to do and see things differently. We can try to change or improve aspects of our lives. We must spend our lives altering our beliefs through new knowledge and experience. Only then will we have the ability to willingly let go of old and false beliefs. Like a flower that wilts and dies, only to produce seeds and new life, our beliefs should reincarnate and adjust to our continual changing perspective as we age.
People believe certain things. It comes from a personality which was formed in the early years of life. Any critical or negative judgments are not necessarily a reality within the personality, but rather a mirage formed by repeated thoughts.
Sometimes negative beliefs are formed out of fear. These beliefs cause us to hesitate and not live life to the fullest. As a result, people can become crippled by their beliefs and live a limited life. Hesitation leads to limiting ourselves from seeking curiosity and desiring exploration. In the words of photographer, Ansel Adams, “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
All people have different beliefs and what is realistic for one might be totally opposite for another person. Whenever we begin to question our beliefs we find we no longer feel absolutely certain about then. What a person believes, what he thinks, is possible or impossible is the very thing that determines what he can or cannot do.