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Tiny Wisdom: Do You Believe?

“The outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” –James Allen

Do you believe you can do work you love? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t try for it.

Do you believe you can be in a happy relationship? If you don’t believe, you likely won’t open up to it.

Do you believe you can adopt that healthier habit? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t stick to it.

Do you believe you can fully release your anger toward that person who hurt you? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t let go of it.

Do you believe you should be treated with respect? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t require it.

Do you believe this moment is good enough? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t enjoy it.

Do you believe you deserve happiness? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t let yourself feel it.

It’s not true that anything is possible—I can say with absolute certainty that none of us will grow wings tonight and fly out our bedroom windows. But it is true that far more is possible than we often realize.

It starts with what we believe. And beliefs are thoughts that aren’t fact—meaning we can change them if we really want to.

We can change the stories we tell ourselves. We can change the limits we’ve set for ourselves. Most importantly, we can change what we do for ourselves, starting right this moment. Every passing second is a new opportunity to be who we want to be, if we believe we can.

I may not always have believed the best about and for myself, but in this moment, I choose to believe and act on it. Do you?

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • This is right up my alley, Lori! I loved this post. My last post and my upcoming one are all about the power of belief and how particular beliefs can radically change our lives.

    Belief is the foundation on which our lives are built because it creates the context within which we make our choices about what we will do and how we treat others and ourselves and live out our lives. Like you said so perfectly, if we don’t believe a thing to be possible (growth, change, happiness, improved relationship, self-acceptance, whatever), we will never take steps to produce it because we won’t believe attainment possible.

    But if we change our beliefs, we change the context. We secure the foundation on which we can then construct amazing lives of possibility.

    Thank you so much for the wisdom here and the insight and motivation to get up and start believing we can do so much more than we sometimes give ourselves credit for!

  • I like it. I would like to take this and translate it for my blog if it is ok with you. Have a nice day ^_^

  • Tinarose29

    I believe that I deserve all that life has to offer, as I won’t let anyone stand in the way of my great beliefs xx