I'm not a big fan of any form of social media groups. I don't know about others, but the constant subtle and sometimes, direct bombardment of other people's views and opinions on such platforms drains my energy, mentally, emotionally and otherwise. The everyday "good mornings", the unexpected and unnecessary hellos, the annoying and depressing trivial small talks, the never ending happy birthdays and the unsolicited pictures and images, not to even mention the time it consumes to be part of these groups... drives me to the edge.
But there are social media groups especially those with like minded people or those philosophical groups where people argue abstract issues that interest me.
You learn new stuff from the robust discussion on such groups and exchange different ideas on vast array of topics.
On one of these "philosophical groups" , we once had a discussion about the word "belief", its meaning and social implications. O boy! What a heated debate it was!.... 20 minutes or more of robust and animated digital back and front, divergent views and opinions emerged like shadows hiding from light, until someone got inspired and decided to ask wiki (oh by the way, you can now add wiki page on whatsapp groups just Google the number and thank me later) the definition of the word "belief". This answer made me forget about the whole discussion and its animated arguments. It got me thinking in a whole new direction about what psychologist, motivational speakers, religious leaders and everyone who has had a life changing experience always talk about, but it seems that it looks so simple or so stupid(yep, some thinks it's a stupid idea) that only a few understands their points and concepts. Let's be very honest, when life gets tough, who has the time to actually think about what some wise guy on some boring social media platform wrote? or what the good pastor was saying on the pulpit on Sunday? I mean what's a mindset when you're looking for money, when you're ill or when you are out of job? Come on, let's be honest here for once.. But before you say all that, let me show you how wiki defined belief...
Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. In other words, belief is when someone thinks something is reality, true, when they have no absolute verified foundation for their certainty of the truth or realness of something. Another way of defining belief is, it is a mental representation of an attitude positively orientated towards the likelihood of something being true. In the context of Ancient Greek thought, two related concepts were identified with regards to the concept of belief: pistis and doxa. Simplified, we may say that pistis refers to trust and confidence, while doxa refers to opinion and acceptance."
So ya, this was the simple definition from a social media group, the same groups that I often rant about(shakes head at self and shrug) and.. the reason for today's story.
Often times, it's hard to make people see that their beliefs, their mindsets is the main reason for all their problems and poor decisions which eventually affect them in so many ways and physically manifest in their lives. According to that beautiful definition, a belief is actually a state of mind. Nothing more, nothing less. It's a what you hold to be true. Whether it's factually and realistically true is inconsequential, you believe it's true and that's the end of the story until you start seeing the things you believe is true from a different perspective, it will always be true to you and manifest in that form in your life.
If you believe you are failure.. There's absolutely little anyone can do to make you believe and see life otherwise, you will make decisions like a failure, failure will reflect in everything you do. When you fail, you won't be able to see that you had an opportunity to learn from it and change it. You my dear friend reading this will unfortunately end up being a failure. And this is the fundamental difference between the rich and successful and the poor and downtrodden.
Of course you're going to cite and blame luck, chance, circumstances of birth, country of origin, country of residence, your village gods, spiritual powers and influence, economic meltdown, the weather, your mood, hormones, genes etc etc, the list is endless, but there's nothing in that list that someone, somewhere has not overcame to become the person you wish to be. Absolutely NOTHING! Infact, if we analyse it critically, some of them had it worse than you but with one fundamental difference.. Their mindset and belief was different from yours. They understood their circumstances and never doubted for a second that one day, they'll change it all. Even when they doubted, they never stopped believing. They worked themselves out and followed their plans. Some were at the right place at the right time because they were seeking for that change believing that it will happen.
There's so much to say on this matter, so much to write about, a lot of examples to give, but at the end of the day.. It's all up to you as an individual to change how you see things and be aware of those negative doubts and beliefs systems that no longer serves you or contribute in any way to your growth as an individual.
Reflect on your mindset and believe that you can change your circumstances and experiences in life by gradually discard all the negative belief system and mindset that clouds your life like a dark stormy cloud.