Believing is a Choice

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You generate your belief through your behavior. You show that you believe something while simultaneously strengthening that belief “muscle.” The more you demonstrate your belief the more that belief codifies within you. What you think translates into what you do, which affirms what you believe. This looks like someone thinking they can’t get ahead, acting in ways that don’t promote promotion, and then as a result accepting what they are experiencing. It’s self-fulfilling prophecy.

When you accept something you are consenting to receive. What are you willing to allow to happen to you? That’s choice. Every choice you make you are giving permission for something to happen to, for, or in you. Choices are a byproduct of knowledge. Knowledge is not the only contributor to choice but action on a choice starts as a thought. If you can think better you can live better.

Compartmentalization can help with thinking better and this is not exclusively a quantity of knowledge thing. It’s not about how much you know; it’s about how well you deploy what you know. This incorporates a multitude of things not the least of which being wisdom. Living better is a fundamentally a quality-of-life experience. People can have a tendency to conflate quality-of-life. Quality-of-life doesn’t have to be the fruits of your contributions to capitalism. There can be an improper positive interpretation of the negative correlation between things and happiness.

Just because you have more things doesn’t mean you’ll be happy. And even happiness is a red herring or at least deceptive in this context, because happiness is a feeling not a state of being. You can be happy and broke. Happy and in a hospital. Happy and on a rocket ship to the moon. Happiness has nothing to do with your condition. Living better implies thriving over surviving. And thriving as a bare-bones interpretation can imply having at least enough. There is a fine line between enough and greed.  

This is where ideology enters the chat. What do you think about the world you live in? Once you understand your ideology and how that influences your behaviors, then you can start to make changes in your belief system and ultimately in your life. It’s a serious place to arrive at. Accepting to be responsible for your actions can be difficult.

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