What do you believe in? Do you believe in destiny? Do you believe in a particular business system? Do you believe in yourself? How about life after death? or God?

We typically think of the word belief as an opinion or conviction about something – an existence not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof. The truth, however, is that your beliefs shape what you experience in this reality. In other words, Your beliefs shape your reality and in turn your destiny.

The origin of the word “belief” offers a telling verse. Belief is a compound word with parts synonymous to: “be” meaning “by” and “lief” meaning “live.” Taken together, the meaning of something we “believe in” is something we “live by”. This etymology sheds light on the age old debate between the advocates of faith as a means to salvation and those that assert action is key to a full and fulfilling life. The word belief means that acts and faith are inextricably linked. What you do… the actions you take… are in accordance with your beliefs. The proof of your faith is in your actions. The truth of your words is in your deeds.

Relying on this meaning of the word suggests “beliefs” determine your worldview inextricably linked to how you live. Rational explanations (or intellectual fabrications) notwithstanding, beliefs organize your life.

You Do what You Believe.

So, again: What do you really believe?

You can determine this only by observing how you live; how you respond to others; how you respond to the world around you; and what you in fact do.

Honestly making this assessment: Do you like what you see? If not, is it time to change?

By nature we are a nostalgic breed. We yearn for “the way things were” and refer to it as a preference to what they are experiencing now. We seek security in the past and attempt to prolong the glory of prior triumphs. We resist change.

Life doesn’t work that way. You see, life is on the move. Life is in constant change. You are on a journey from where you are to where you are meant to be.

Instead, of reminiscing or pining for the past, begin where you are now. Though you may temporarily succumb to doubt and fear, or mistakenly take a path of least resistance, recognize progress in this reality entails facing struggle and taking risk. It is time to act; it is time to change beliefs; it is time to align your beliefs with your actions. It is time to become whole. Believe in your life and act accordingly.

Live life to the fullest,

Paul Finck