Spiritual – Activity: Examine Beliefs
“An unexamined life is not worth living” -Socrates
Beliefs may be either spiritual or mental. 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:
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.
In this example, the current need is the addiction of smoking, which is driven by the belief that “smoking may hurt others, but not me.” The short term result is the positive pleasure from nicotine. The long term result is the negative effect on health. An alternative belief is based in reality: “smoking is too big a health risk to take.” Quitting smoking is difficult in the short term, but leads to a longer and healthier life in the long term.
Beliefs and our emotions
One of the Emotional Intelligence activities is a look at Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to see how beliefs lead to emotions, which helps us Understand Emotions. See also Part Four of Discover U and the Purpose and Branding Toolkit.
This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.