Benefits of Cultivating Positive Belief Habits

What we believe can literally shape how we experience life. I was seven years old when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. I can still recall the anger, the shock and disbelief that engulfed members of my family, my neighbors, the black community, our nation and the world as a result of this tragedy. For weeks after his death, WIS-Radio, a local station in Columbia, SC played snippets of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Each time I listened to a clip of his speech, my seven-year old self became more and more convinced that Dr. King was speaking directly to me. Call it naiveté’, if you will, but my childlike faith believed this at the core of my being. Hearing portions of Dr. King’s speech, over and over began to paint images in my mind of a better America. Living in the heart of Dixie where “blacks only” and “whites only” signs in public spaces was the status quo his words inspired me with hope. My newfound hope in a better America encouraged me to believe that God intended for me to help make a difference in the lives of others. I became convinced of this in my mind and heart. I believe it to be my responsibility to express my belief through my actions. I have learned from my life expriences that by cultivating positve belief habits, my life has benefited in these ways:
  1. Positive thinking habits fosters a strong sense of self-efficacy which develops and nurtures a “can-do-attitude” towards our life experiences.
  2. Positive thinking habits helps us to gain a proper perspective on the challenges we face.
  3. Positive thinking habits arouses a desire within us to seek out purposeful activities in which we can utilize our knowledge, skills and strengths towards the betterment of others.

Throughout history, individuals from diverse backgrounds have used parables, speeches and stories to
 inspire hope in the hearts of others so that they would take constructive action that led to the
 betterment of themselves and our world. From Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr. to Oprah Winfrey,
 individuals who have cultivated a positive belief system about themselves and life recognize it is our
beliefs that define how we see ourselves and abilities and what we do or do not do as a result of this
 identity.  As Tony Robbins states, “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.
Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning
that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” It matters what you believe.

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