Good morning Friends and Blog Followers
Well today begins Lesson 2 of Breaking Unhealthy Life Patterns. Todays lesson is called "Why Do We Believe What We Believe"? This is a valuable lesson in that all of us are products of our surroundings. the things we know and learn come from others in our life, such as "what we believe, what we think and how we approach life in general. so lets get to it.....
Why do we believe what we Belief?
Beliefs...“What we accept as true
√ What are they?
√ Where did they originate?
√ What are they based on?
√ Why do we hold to these beliefs?
√ Are they based on reliable evidence?
√ Are your goals and actions consistent with your beliefs?
Do your beliefs align with your values?
What we believe deeply affects our confidence, self-esteem, and ability to cope with life in general.
Negative Beliefs are most often formed early on in our childhood and continue to play out throughout our adulthood. Many negative beliefs can be associated with traumatic events and circumstances.
Our Belief System
• Is made up of a “set of beliefs” that we have learned to live by.
• Has been taught to us through the beliefs of others, through our life experiences, and some as a result of untruth. For example, prejudice is a lie but practiced as a belief!
• Originates in our mind “what we think” then as a result creates “what we believe”.
• Is made up of important things we have come to belief ( what we recognize as truths). Beliefs that we just know, but can’t be logically explained.
How can we know what is true or untrue?
We are all created to be able to know what is true and what is false according to God’s Word. The Bible tells us;
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
A False Belief is based on untruth (lies) and reasoned with thoughts like;
1. I had no choice
2. He made me do it
3. That’s just how I am
4. Its all my fault
5. Its all your fault
6. If we don’t talk about it the issue will disappear
7. The past has no power over the future
8. Denial is a solution
Note: These false beliefs /rules affect the decisions we make.
Unhealthy Beliefs tend to be:
a) Inflexible…that which is rigid; firm in mind; stubborn
b) Rigid…not bending or flexible; strict; including words such as; ‘should’, ‘must,’ ‘have to,’ ‘got to’.
c) Overly Critical…Disapproval; fault finding
d) Judgmental…The power of comparing and deciding
Note: Unhealthy Beliefs are most often unhelpful, don’t make sense, and rejects other possibilities.
Healthy Beliefs tend to be:
a) Flexible…Easily adjustable to change; Example; “I prefer to get a high mark in my exam like an A, but it is okay if I get a B instead”.
b) Logical…Using correct reasoning
c) Consistent with reality
Healthy Beliefs tend to produce emotional health and well-being.
This will conclude our study for today and next week we will be begin with part 2. Hope to see you back next week. Have a great week.