If you couldn’t tell, I’ve just finished some training in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) so I’m just full of the joys of thoughts, beliefs and values at the minute.
One of the key players in how we think is of course our beliefs. Our beliefs underpin our values, actions and thoughts, often without us even being aware that they’re present.
Beliefs are woven into the fabric of who we are, often from early childhood, and as such they’re incredibly powerful. A belief that you can do anything you set your mind to could lead you to smash world records, whereas a belief that you’re somehow worth less than other people will probably result in a lifetime of lost dreams.
Today, just spend a few minutes think about your beliefs triad:
- What do you believe about yourself?
- What do you believe about other people and the world?
- What do you believe about the future?
Just to give you an example: here’s a triad that I’m very familiar with, that which someone with anxiety disorder might have:
- beliefs that they are incompetent or worthless.
- beliefs that others are unsupportive or even out to get them.
- beliefs that the future is unpredictable and dangerous.
We’ll go deeper into this over the next few days. For now, just have a think about what kind of beliefs you hold true, consciously or unconsciously.