Facing the Inner Skeptic
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
· Changing from a cynic into a believer
· Learn how to open your mind
· Manifesting – how it’s done
· Believing in something bigger than yourself
In this new “Age of Enlightenment,” people know they have a right to believe anything they want. Good or bad. Right or wrong. And who is to say or judge which it should be? Well, actually most of us can raise our hands in that regard because we all have our own biased opinions. The problem arises when those principles or beliefs have a negative influence on our personal and professional lives, as well as those around us.
There is nothing more compelling than saying, “I believe,” with conviction. After all, what do we really know about life for certain? While science has provided us with reliable and objective knowledge, it still has its variables and inconsistencies. The power of belief is our bedrock and it has sustained mankind for centuries. So, when our beliefs or values are called into question (often by ourselves) our foundation becomes shaky and unstable making us feel as if we’re looking through a cracked mirror.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “What a man believes may be ascertained not from his creed, but from assumptions on which he habitually acts.” The keyword here is habitually. As creatures of habit we are routinely guided by old beliefs that have been embedded into our sub-conscious minds. But we can crack the mold by developing new beliefs about who we are and where we want to go. With practice we can extricate ourselves from a doomsday mentality full of anger, frustration, anxiety, fear, and doubt.
Most of us have heard Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” as well as many other great clichés about believing in ourselves from Norman Vincent Peale, Jack Canfield, Muhammad Ali, Napoleon Hill, and others. But half of the time we don’t even know what some of these mean, much less believe them.
While there is truth in a cliché, there is also an element of BS designed to keep us motivated. Nothing wrong with that. Besides, there is comfort in familiarity which is why they work and are repeated time and again ad nauseam. However, we’re going to dispense with these clever catch phrases and focus on developing our own belief system based on our own perceived truths.
Changing the way we “think” is pretty easy with the implementation of logic; the mind accepts what it can rationalize. However, changing the way we “feel” is a lot more difficult and this is where many people struggle with themselves.
Whenever there is a battle between emotion and logic, the power of emotion wins almost every time no matter how rational the alternative may be. This is how the great orators get through to people in their speeches: they bypass the head and aim straight for the heart, because if they can appeal to us on an emotional level our minds will usually go along for the ride.
When the power of emotion is roaring inside, the voice of reason is reduced to a whisper that can be barely heard above the maelstrom of feelings that are assaulting us. So how do we pull ourselves out of the cesspool that is constantly trying to suck us back in? By facing our inner skeptic and instilling a new belief system.