The Power of Belief

There was one time. . .

I got a detention. Yeah, me. If you haven’t picked up on it already, I was quite a mischievous kid. I liked making people laugh and sometimes that got me into trouble.

Well, this one time, I was pressured into tossing a huge wad of toilet paper, soaked in chocolate milk, on the bathroom ceiling of the boy’s bathroom. Just as an aid walked in to check on us, it dropped at her feet.

It’s funny when I think of it now! Not then though because I got a detention!

I was pulled into trouble that day. Of course, I knew I shouldn’t have done it.

I allowed myself to be influenced by kids.  They dared me, taunted me. Sounds like a pretty familiar scene in school.

I’ll tell you what, though– It’s also pretty familiar in an adult world as well. We’re just better at hiding it.

I’ll ask you: do you ever have trouble being true to yourself and your values because others are pressuring you? Do you find yourself being pushed along with the crowd, choosing to be unjust or unkind because others are as well?

In our adult and professional world, these scenarios are not few and far between. It is not as easy to recognize a situation where you values or belief system is called into play; the adult game of pressuring is cunning and tactful.

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I’m not just talking about being swayed negatively in the words or actions that you choose but also in your thoughts.

There was a time in my life when I was very sensitive to what people were saying about me or what I imagined they were saying about me. I was letting people’s gossip, unkindness or my perception of their opinion, affect my self-worth and my values.

I realized I shouldn’t let others determine my own happiness and self-worth.

Do you struggle with being true to yourself amongst your peers? Do their words or actions cause you to lower your values and beliefs about yourself, others and the world around you? If you tend to get out of sync and feel pushed or powered by others, you can benefit from these points I’m going to share.

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Today, I’m going to share with you 3 areas that you should assess on a regular basis as a grounding point at which to steady your values and beliefs.

  1. Your personal belief in yourself. If you believe in YOU and are confident in the person you are created to be, this should keep you from feeling bothered or pushed by others especially other people’s actions or words against you. Belief can be fueled through others and your own words, thoughts and actions. Make sure you surround yourself with uplifting people who believe in YOU. This will help you to keep your personal belief in a positive place.  
  1. Your vision and mission for life. People who know their ‘why’ and are dedicated to their path and direction in life are less affected by other people’s opinions or promptings. Be confident in your focus and your direction. If you are still searching, be confident in your search. Your vision will keep you from getting pulled into negativity and idleness.
  1. Your personal balance. When you are less anxious or concerned about areas in your life, you have more time and confidence to stand up for who you are on a bigger level. Be balanced and confident spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially. Without balance, you lack peace. Without balance and peace, you get pushed down more easily. When you get pushed down, whether it be personally or professionally and you can’t seem to keep it together, you will be more open to being swayed by other people’s negative thoughts and opinions.

Vigilance protects the integrity of YOU, protects your belief and value system and protects your personal path to success.

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About E5 Leader

For the past 30 years, we’ve been teaching CEOs, leaders of teams, and stakeholders in a variety of industries how to achieve excellence and peace in equal measure. At E5 Leader, we believe that having all of the money and success in the world doesn’t matter if your relationships are falling apart or your health is failing. We believe there's no title on a page that can hold more sway than going to sleep at night knowing you’re in sync with those you love the most. At the end of the day, you’ll never be the leader out in the world you’re capable of being if you don’t know how to lead first from within.