20 Things You Really Ought To Believe In

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What should you believe in?

It’s one of life’s big questions.

Your beliefs have a profound impact on you, but if you’re only now stopping to think about what you truly believe in, here are some suggestions.

1. Yourself.

Most importantly of all, believe in yourself.

Never underestimate who you are and what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

Many of the limitations you think are placed on your life are self-imposed. Believe in yourself and those limitations can be broken.

2. Others (the goodness of).

Just as you should believe in yourself, you should believe in others too.

Believe that most people have good intentions and are not to be feared or mistrusted.

After all, if you fear or mistrust others, they will fear or mistrust you.

No, most people are good. Try not to let any bad experiences taint your view of everyone you meet.

3. The power of kindness.

Acts of kindness – no matter how big or small – can have a huge and lasting influence on the lives of others.

When you see an opportunity to be kind, take it. There can never be too much kindness in this world.

And when someone is kind to you, thank them and show your appreciation.

Kindness often promotes more kindness, too, which means your act of kindness can create a ripple effect that touches the lives of countless people.

And don’t forget to be kind to yourself!

4. That this too shall pass.

You will face challenging times in your life. Obstacles will stand in the way of your happiness.

But all things end eventually – and often sooner than you think. Believe that whatever troubles you might be facing right now, they will pass.

And believe that the good outweighs the bad in life.

5. Your inner strength.

During those difficult times, remember that you are more resilient than you give yourself credit for.

You’ve faced darkness before and you’ve gone through it and reached the other side.

You have a 100% track record for getting through things, so never doubt the strength you have inside.

6. Courage.

Along with your inner strength, you must believe in the power of courage.

Courage allows you to face the things that scare you and do them anyway.

Without courage, you would be frozen in your tracks, afraid of what’s in front of you.

With courage, you are able to keep moving forward in spite of your fear.

7. Hope.

Hope is, itself, a belief, but this doesn’t mean you can believe in it.

Hope is a powerful thing and it’s important to hold onto it even when things seem lost.

Hope keeps you going. It reminds you that better days are ahead. It helps you to see meaning and purpose in what you do each day.

Without hope, you fall into depression and despair.

8. Your influence on the world around you.

Everything you do impacts the world in one way or another; even the smallest thing.

You influence other people, you influence the physical and natural world, you influence how decisions are made in the country you live in.

In short: you matter.

Everything is interconnected. In some small (or big) way, your actions change the world. You must decide whether that change will be a positive one.

9. The truth.

Whilst it is almost impossible to speak the truth at every single moment, you must believe in the importance of truth when it really matters.

Truth encourages trust encourages truth – and so the cycle continues.

Truth is openness and this creates healthier connections between people.

Lies, on the other hand, encourage mistrust which creates a barrier between people.

10. The power of words.

Speaking the truth is just one example of how your words can have a huge impact on your life and those of others.

Never underestimate the power of positive words on those who need to hear them.

Encouragement, affirmation, and support are all vital cogs that keep the world moving.

Choose your words carefully.

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11. Hard work.

It’s not enough to want something. You have to go out and work for it.

You need to have the discipline to keep grafting even when – and especially when – the rewards for your effort are not forthcoming.

Good, worthwhile things take time to achieve. They require your dedication. They may require your blood, sweat, and tears.

But the end results will be worth it.

12. Your goals and dreams.

Whilst hard work is vital, that work needs to be directed toward something.

That something is your goal or dream.

And whilst you have to be realistic and know when to give up on a dream, you must never give up on having dreams.

Dreams are motivational. Dreams give us hope. Dreams remind us that we have the power within us to change our lives.

13. Change.

Speaking of change, it is important to accept that it is inevitable.

All things are changing all the time. Sometimes these changes are so small that they are impossible to see. Other times, they seem to overwhelm us.

But by believing in change, you no longer have to fear it.

Change simply becomes a natural part of life, no different to the rise and fall of the sun.

14. Forgiveness.

No one is perfect. Everyone has flaws and everyone makes mistakes.

These flaws and mistakes can often upset others – sometimes in a big way.

Which is why it’s important to believe in forgiveness and the power it has to help heal hurt and rebuild relationships.

Without forgiveness, we would never open up our hearts to the risk of being hurt in the first place. And what a sad life that would be.

So be willing to give some a second chance.

15. Your power over your thoughts and feelings.

You have a say in how you feel and what you think. It might not always seem that way, but you do.

Whilst you may think or feel something as a natural reaction to a situation or experience, it doesn’t mean you can’t impact those thoughts and feelings.

You can challenge them and offer evidence to help ease them (assuming they are negative).

You can, to some extent, choose to think and feel more positively.

16. Learning.

You have an incredible ability to grow as a person and learn new things.

But you have to believe in this ability to be able to use it.

With study and practice, you can learn most things. You can develop your skills, improve your knowledge, and transform your life in the process.

Learning is open to everyone, regardless of age, so don’t think for one second that it stops the moment you leave education.

17. Self-discovery.

You can get to know yourself better and better with every passing day.

You can discover who you are and what you stand for. You can let these things guide your actions and life as a whole.

You may think that your “self” is somehow hidden away beneath the surface of your consciousness, but it’s not.

It takes a little self-reflection and exploration, it is possible to uncover that self and understand it.

18. Fairness.

People deserve to be treated fairly. You deserve to be treated fairly.

This means showing others respect. It means treating one person the same as you would any other person. No favoritism, no bias, no prejudice.

Fairness in the wider sense means creating a society in which everyone has the same opportunities to prosper.

A fair world is a kinder world – that’s something to believe in.

19. Humanity.

It can sometimes be hard to believe in humanity. Many people lose faith in humanity based on what they see others doing and the negative impact we, as a species, are having on this planet.

But humanity is not lost. There is much to celebrate and be thankful for.

Much like individuals, humanity has its flaws and makes its fair share of mistakes, but it also does some wonderful things and is filled with good people.

So you must believe in humanity. You’re a part of it, after all.

20. Peace.

Peace would sit high up on many people’s wish list. Inner peace for themselves. Outer peace for their relationships. World peace for the good of humankind.

These three types of peace are all attainable if you believe in them.

In fact, your belief in peace is the first step toward peace.

There are many things you can believe in, but these 20 are more worthy of your belief than most others.

The power of belief is, itself, something to believe in. When you believe in something, you think and act in ways to make it real.

So choose what you believe in carefully.

About The Author

Steve Phillips-Waller is the founder and editor of A Conscious Rethink. He has written extensively on the topics of life, relationships, and mental health for more than 8 years.