“When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.”- Michael Jordan
While growing up, I had held on to some beliefs that were not accurate and had hindered me from getting the best. For example, I believed that I didn’t need to perform well in my academic to become valuable in life. This believe is true and not true. Being valuable in life is not tied to your academic but having the opportunity to study in school is an opportunity to become valuable in life, and to the society. Thank God that my believe changed in the University.
The society, your fellow peers can affect one’s belief system. Our society play major role in our belief system and if a society is built on a wrong belief system, then the performance of each individual who has held on to such belief will be affected. Let’s see what makes up a belief system.
The fundamentals of believing simple means the basic facts that surround what one believes in. Life is made up of different believers, who held on to different belief systems through experience and analogies.
So, how do we get our fundamentals right?.
Identify and define Facts/ Assumptions that backup our believe.
A person who has gotten certain belief through analogy may not know if such belief is right or wrong if there is no proper finding to such beliefs.
“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it”- Oscar Wilde
So when setting that goal, make sure you are going with the right belief system. Don’t set that goal based on assumptions; set it with the right fact. Examples of assumptions are “expect success and it will come”, “success happens overnight”, etc.
Know the fundamental principles guiding those believes.
Knowing the fundamentals guide you to know whether those beliefs are based on fact or assumptions. To understand the fundamentals guiding those beliefs, we have to question those beliefs we have gotten through experience or analogies.
Questioning those believe does not mean to doubt them. Questioning them help you to understand the fundamentals guiding those believe.
For example, a person that believes success happens overnight will have to ask some questions.
- How does success happen overnight?
- What are the factors that guarantee success overnight?
“If your believe are stressful and you question them, and you come to see they aren’t true – whereas prior to questioning, you absolutely believe them. How can you live in joy when you are believing thoughts that brings sadness, frustration, anger, alienation and loneliness?- Byron Katie
So don’t live your life on a wrong believe, live your life on a right believe with a strong conviction.
” The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has it own reason for existing – Albert Einstein.