I saw this quote and it really made me think…
“Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.”
So your beliefs do not define who you are – your actions do.
But how often do we hold up our beliefs or hide behind them?
Our beliefs are really just meant to be a heading on who we are and how we act.
What is the point of having beliefs if they don’t manifest in our day to day lives and define who we are?
Take religions, for example… What is the point in saying you are a Christian if you don’t live by the principles of Christ?
What is the point in saying you are a Buddhist if you don’t live by the principles of Buddha?
Our beliefs have to be more than something we hang out there in conversation.
If we live our lives defined by our beliefs we probably would not have to tell people what they were, they would see that in all we do.
Do I always get this right? No of course not … but I can honestly say I am much faster at being aware when I don’t; and then I address it.
Practice What You Preach
We need to get our own house in order before we can help others – as I have found people are more interested in what you do than what you say.
When I saw the quote above I took stock of what I believe and looked at whether my behavior reflected that.
- If you believe in kindness, are you always kind?
- If you believe in honesty, are you always honest?
- If you believe in faith do you live by it or get pushed around by fear?
- If you believe in love, are you always loving?
- If you believe in respect, are you always respectful?
- If I believe in looking for the blessing in disguise do I look for the lesson instead of getting caught up in the drama?
- If I believe in gratitude am I always grateful?
These are just some of the questions I’ve asked myself.
I encourage you to make a list of what you believe in and then see if that reflects how you behave. If it’s not, then is it really a belief?
One thing I have learnt over the years is that I cannot teach what I don’t truly know – and I cannot know what I don’t truly do.
I found doing this a really “get real” moment for me and found it immensely helpful.
I wish you a life filled with great love, joy and beliefs that define you to your highest good. Love & cheers, Karen Ellyard.
Choose beliefs that serve your soul – choose beliefs that serve the grander dream of who you choose to be.
- Joy Page