Time is a factor that allows us to accumulate thousands of beliefs in the various aspects of life. There’s nothing more elusive in this world and yet so powerful than our beliefs. And needless to mention, we attain different beliefs in many different ways. For instance, you can acquire a belief from what other people say, what you hear in the news, what you hear about yourself, what you read, and a variety of other external factors that you get exposed to in your everyday life. Even though we can always change them, some belief systems are so influential; that they have the ability to affect our communication styles in addition to the way we react to the things that happen in our lives. So what are beliefs do our beliefs affect our mentality?
What Are Beliefs?
Beliefs can be described as the mixed fictitious perspectives that we see as facts concerning life, ourselves, and others. Most of our beliefs are based on:
- Experiences and filters of reality
- Interpretation (of circumstances, events, and life experiences)
- Biased sensory perspectives
Regardless of what they are based on, there’s one fact that we can’t run away from. This is the fact that our beliefs will always affect our lives in one way or another. A person’s beliefs can have a considerable impact on their mindset, judgment, self-consciousness, and even the choices they make in life. But then again, how exactly does what we believe in affect our mental reality?
Beliefs Can Affect Self-Confidence
Self-confidence can be defined as a set of beliefs that you have concerning yourself. Low self-confidence can negatively affect your mentality, which is what shapes your ability to think, do, and learn. The effect of belief on what you know can hinder your approach to so many aspects of life. Some “wrong/bad” beliefs can impact your self-confidence in the wrong way. If these beliefs are positive, then, you’ll most likely regard yourself highly and become more positive about life and yourself.
Beliefs, Luck, and Fortune Telling
Horoscopes, gambles, palm reading, and fortune telling are all realities we live with. They largely rely on belief, mentality, and attitude in that if you believe you’re generally lucky, you may tend to get drawn into often reading your horoscopes, playing at casinos, and visiting the fortune teller. Some of us actually believe heavily in the karmic and spiritual lessons taught by the tarot cards, which consist of 22 major Arcana cards. As it explains in the post ‘The Ultimate Tarot Card Guide’, the 22 cards of the Major Arcana focus on the major events in our lives, each representing or symbolizing certain the things we face in life at large.
Beliefs and Filtering Information
The information we store in our brains is very much based on our beliefs. More often than not, we tend to only absorb the information that seems to match our beliefs. Especially for those with a strong spiritual foundation, we tend to be biased towards that which we believe in, regardless of the persuasions.
Beliefs and Reality
Beliefs motivate us into pursuing what seems to be realistic to us. If whatever we want in life is unattainable, we believe that we are not cut out to have it. This, therefore, becomes the belief, and we’ll, therefore, live by it. But it gets more interesting in that if we believe otherwise, it can help us prepare ourselves better for the possibilities that life has to offer. That’s why many psychologists advise their patients to have open-mindedness towards life and to at least try and change their perceptions toward life.
They Can Impact Your Potential
If certain beliefs weren’t there, it’s very likely that we would comfortably make certain decisions and take action to pursue better things in life without a second thought. But, due to some limiting beliefs, we get constrained into a certain way of thinking that not only limits our potential but also our productivity. The limiting beliefs are commonly experienced in workplaces, in our homes, out there in the streets, and perhaps all around us. You must have heard of the famous phrase “If you believe you can achieve”. In this case, what you believe in can either give you a positive or negative mentality toward achievement.
Beliefs Influence Behavior
Is it possible for certain beliefs to affect our behaviors? Definitely yes. We gather information not to establish new beliefs but to support what we already believe in. For instance, we’re all inclined into believing that first impressions count. In this case, the first encounter from a complete stranger will help us develop a certain attitude or mentality towards them. At times, you can even change your behavior towards them, focussing more on their attitude. If they are ignorant, we will tend to focus on their mistakes rather than the good in them.
Beliefs Can Promote Character
Who you believe you are as a person is especially powerful in helping you develop character. As a matter of fact, you can promote good behavior and character in someone by simply praising them for the little successes they achieve. By using praise (perhaps combined with positive criticism), you make the person believe that they have impressed you and can do better in the future. You cultivate a mentality in them that is geared toward developing better behavior, and character in the long term.
These are just a few of the many ways our beliefs can affect our mentality. As a matter of fact, research has shown that belief can promote healing. In other words, just believing that you will get well could be enough for your body to fight off the disease you’re suffering from, perhaps by boosting the immune system and responding well to treatment. In summary, what you believe in can affect your mindset either positively or negatively.