How Your Beliefs are Causing You To Struggle

Your beliefs and misbeliefs do not have to define you.

Imagine you’ve believed something to be true for the majority of your life. It’s easy to imagine this because, well, it’s literal. We grow up learning beliefs and then establish each of them as truth. These beliefs help us to understand our environment daily. From the colours we see in the world to the bread we eat, our established beliefs help define everything in our world. They even determine who we believe ourselves to be.

But is that a good thing? Should every belief we’ve established as truth that has helped define who we are and what we experience stay with us for a lifetime? Let’s explore.

Let’s start with a relatively agreed-upon truth: the sky is blue to the human eye. From the moment you looked up at the sky at a young age and understood it to be blue, that belief succinctly became your reality. You probably don’t even remember the moment you made the connection. The sky is blue, and that is the truth you’ve known for a lifetime. 

I’m not here to debunk the belief for you. The sky is blue for me, too. Colourblind people have trouble seeing blue, but that’s not what I’m here to say, either. Instead, let’s think about how believing the sky to be blue has affected your life.

You know the sky to be blue. When you see blue skies, you know that the sun is out. When you don’t see blue skies, you know you’re looking at clouds, perhaps a storm, pollution or the night sky. You make decisions based on all of these conditions. When you don’t see a blue sky, you might put on a jacket to go for a walk. But when you see the blue sky, you may decide it’s time for laying out at the beach—or going for a stroll with Taco, your Goldendoodle.

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