“Whether you think you can, or your think you can’t – you’re right.” Henry Ford
One of my strongest formative memories was deciding to renovate an unfinished basement in my house. Prior to this, I barely knew what a hammer or screwdriver were. The project was important to the family and it wasn’t affordable to have someone else do it. With the help of my father-in-law and friends, I slowly learned how to do everything on this project including drywall, electrical and carpeting. It wasn’t perfect but good enough to still be there to this day, more than 30 years later. It transformed my confidence and beliefs because from then on, there was very little I wouldn’t consider doing around the house. I gained a life-long capability as “handyman”.
“We become what we believe”. Variations of this are “we become what we think” or “we become like the friends we hang out with”. This should encourage us be more aware of our thoughts and make choices that move us toward our goals. We need to foster a positive attitude, we should to choose friends that make us better people and we need to read/watch things that add value to our lives. Imagine if we add spirituality to this insight.
In reverse, we need to be aware of our negative beliefs and work to reshape them to serve us better. I still feel I’m a novice on this point so I’ll suggest two books to dig deeper: The Mind Made Prison and Loving What Is. Getting in touch with our beliefs is an interesting journey.