An old belief is like an old shoe. We so value its comfort that we fail to notice the hole in it. ~ Robert Brault

What do you believe in and how did you acquire these beliefs? When you were a baby, your parents, family and friends took care of you. All you had to do was exist and think your own baby thoughts. You were also in the process of becoming less needy, less dependent and more independent.

As you matured in life, your thinking was also changing. Your ideas were not formed yet, and they had to be presented to you by others, mainly your parents and your family and friends. You were read books and saw programs on television, and your fertile mind simply absorbed all ideas that it was presented. You accepted all these ideas as The Truth.

You simply processed your experiences mentally without being consciously conscious that you were doing it. It was your nature to process things mentally. And this is how beliefs got formed. Some of the ideas you viewed as The Truth were not true, but were the opinions of others.

Ideas that are not the truth are beliefs.

Beliefs change from person to person. They are not true universally. They are arbitrary, limiting and they pose as truth. It would be wise to observe yourself thinking and ask yourself "Is that a belief or is it factual?" If you answer "It is a belief," begin immediately to find the factual truth about it and Be the Change on this one idea. And the next one, and the next one.

Your beliefs can affect your performance at work. Our jobs are most important to us, so let's look at some of those beliefs and see if you can find ways to improve. Here is a list of beliefs about work. See which ones apply to you.

  • I have to work long, long hours to get ahead.

  • I can delegate work to those who work with me.

  • My family comes second to my job.

  • I can sacrifice my values to make my employer happy.

  • Work should not be enjoyed. It's work!

  • I don't like the job I'm doing.

  • It doesn't matter if I like the job or not; I need the paycheck.

  • My tombstone will read "He really worked hard."

  • I'm doing the job my parents wanted me to do.

  • Jobs don't have to have meaning.

  • Somehow, someway, I'll be rescued from this job.

  • I will do anything to earn more and more money.

  • My childhood dreams about work died a long time ago.

  • I have nothing of value to offer to others so I do this job.

  • I can't make a living doing what I love to work on.

  • I don't have the energy to work longer hours.

  • My job nurtures me and fulfills me.

I think that I have, hopefully, stimulated some thinking inside of you so that if you are not currently happy in the job you have, if you are not succeeding in the career you have chosen, you can see how your beliefs are forms of limitation and ought to be changed so that you can Be the Change you so deserve in your life. I think that you can do it!

Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. ~Seneca

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