“Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.” — D. Elton Trueblood
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Our beliefs have a profound influence on our circumstances. What we choose to believe has the power to move us forwards, backwards, or stop us in our tracks.
A number of years ago I found myself trapped in this self-defeating belief:
“I don’t value following through with projects.”
That’s the subconscious belief I was telling myself and others whenever I said I’d never go back to school to finish my undergraduate degree.
In 2003, after two years of study, life simply got in the way and I had to take a year off to figure out my next step, but a year turned into two, two years turned into three, and the next thing I knew a decade had gone by.
Somewhere along the way I had bought into the belief that I’d never finish what I started.
The encouraging truth is that our beliefs need not be static. When we discover that an outdated belief is holding us back, we can choose to challenge its validity and, with honest reflection and self-awareness, choose new, more empowering beliefs.
I’m delighted to say that though it took fifteen years rather than the customary four, I did finally finish my undergraduate degree. This level of growth certainly took commitment and determination, but first and foremost it required the willingness to challenge my beliefs.
I encourage you to check out this powerful short video of Jon Reed’s poem “Lost Generation" as a moving reminder of the power of belief, choice, and growth.
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.