“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know so it goes flying anyway” Mary Kay Ash
Belief is such a powerful thing. What you believe has a profound effect on the way you live your life. Beliefs can set us free, and they can also hem us in. Beliefs are not things we factually know, they are positions we take without evidence, they are articles of faith if you like.
Beliefs can operate outside of conscious awareness, they can be unconscious filters that influence what we notice, the meaning we make of what we notice, and the decisions and actions we take. Bringing beliefs into awareness can be powerful. It can disturb, shock, surprise, and even delight to realise what it is we are assuming and how that impacts us.
It can be useful to regularly ask yourself what it is you believe about yourself, about others, and about the world about you. When you act in a way that bemuses you, ask yourself, what is it that prompts the behaviour? What are you taking as read, what beliefs make sense of the behaviour you have shown?
Then, you can ask yourself where these beliefs arose from. And check out whether they still fit for you now. Beliefs have only one role, to prove themselves right. When you begin to question them, you may notice so much more information, much of which may not support the belief you are exploring.
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