I was wondering this week, how do people learn how to believe?
I am curious and it is important to me because I think believing in yourself is probably the single most important thing you can ‘give’ to yourself or do for yourself to improve so many aspects of your life. If you think of the Law of Attraction, you get what you focus on. For example, what if you are not the smartest person in the room, but if you believe in yourself and it shows, you may then have the advantage of people also believing in you.
My grandparents were very closely involved in the United Church (Protestant), my maternal grandfather being a minister for the church. With this upbringing, I strongly feel this played a key part in my learning ‘belief’ and how to believe. Although my childhood wasn’t overly religious, Sunday school and a United Church summer camp were strong memories of my younger years. I have to say it too, Santa was something that stands out with my personal history of belief. I know with society conditioning now, that can sound very ‘hallmark’ or ‘commercial,’ but I can assure you, Christmas with my family was very much based in time spent with family, memories and love. Believing in Santa, was believing in all that is good and heartwarming.
So all of this leads me to wonder, what about people that grow up not really having anything to believe in? Are they behind the game when it comes to self belief? What are other ways this can be taught?
When it comes to teaching belief, for a child, I think this can be taught by repetition, therefore programming the mind. In my adult life, reading quotes and affirmations and by so doing, getting to a point of ‘knowing,’ has been huge for me. Reading real life examples of other tales of believing and first hand experiences, which brings to mind ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ books. Creating a vision board to make what you are teaching yourself to believe in feel more real and attainable could be another way.
I am blessed that this was a part of my upbringing. As subtle as it seems now, I also realize I had taken these foundations in belief for granted. I would love to hear your thoughts!