The point however is to be aware what beliefs serves us personally, and which don’t. In terms of world-views, so many people go though life thinking that they don’t have the power to make their own decisions, conforming to what others do, or what others tell them to do. Or that life is short and meaningless so let’s just have fun and enjoy it. Or worse even, that there’s only one way to do things and fanatically follow the herd.
Beliefs are those deep strong convictions that prop us up as we go through life – like the legs of a table. And if we adopt weak beliefs, or beliefs that are not true to our essence, the table will be shaky. So many young people (and old ones) struggle with some fundamental personal beliefs ranging from “I’m too short, too fat, too tall, not good enough” to even more dangerous ones like “I don’t have a choice” or “I don’t have say”.
We owe it to ourselves and to Life, to stop, think of what we actually believe in and courageously decide what our right beliefs are. There are so many beliefs we can adopt and this is ultimately a deeply personal choice. But to be secular for a moment and quote Viktor Frankl, consider the following four key beliefs: Firstly, believe that we always have a free choice in life. We may not be free from conditions, constraints or obligations, but we are always free to decide which attitude we are going to adopt or how to behave. Secondly, we have a responsibility to be who we ought to be. We are tasked in life to become the best we can, tough as it may be. Thirdly, believe that reaching out to someone or some thing other than our self will ultimately be more fulfilling than having lots of fun or enjoying lots of power. And lastly, believe that we have the defiant power and strength to overcome any “how” if we have a strong enough “why”.