Examine Beliefs

Spiritual – Activity: Examine Beliefs

“An unexamined life is not worth living” -Socrates


1: a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing
2: something believed; especially : a tenet or body of tenets held by a group
3: conviction of the truth of some statement or the reality of some being or phenomenon especially when based on examination of evidence

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 DesiderataBen Franklin’s Governing Values, Rotary’s Four Way Test, and Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements.

Tools to Examine Beliefs:

Spiritual: What’s Your Spiritual Type? at Beliefnet.com, and the Big Religion Chart at Religionfacts.com.

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.

See also Part Four of Discover U | Understand Emotions

This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.

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