Spiritual – Activity: Examine Beliefs
“An unexamined life is not worth living” -Socrates
It seems that beliefs can be both spiritual (from the heart) and mental (from the mind)
Either way, the key question is: What are your guiding principles?
Examples: Many religions provide guiding principles. For examples of more guiding principles see Desiderata, Ben Franklin’s Governing Values, Rotary’s Four Way Test, and Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements.
Tools to Examine Beliefs:
Purpose: FranklinCovey’s Mission Statement Builder
Mental: In The Franklin Reality Model, our belief window is a filter as we take actions (behavior) as we attempt to meet our perceived needs. Examine beliefs, actions and long term results to determine if needs are met.
|Mental Beliefs Worksheet||Need||Belief||Actions||Short Term Results [+ or -]||Long Term Results [+ or -]|
||Addiction||Smoking may hurt others, but not me||Smoking||Pleasure +||Health risks –|
|Alternative||Nicotine replacement||Smoking is too big a health risk to take||Quit smoking||Difficult –||Longer life +|
When we get to the area of emotions, we will look at Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to see how beliefs lead to emotions.
This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.