Your whole upbringing was nothing but a formation of beliefs and, while you learned a lot of things that are useful in your life, you also learned many constructs that are currently causing you to suffer. Often times the beliefs that are currently controlling large parts of our lives started with rather insignificant events/thoughts that continued getting reinforced. We humans have the ability to take a very small event, interpret it, create an entire world around it and then carry it around with us everywhere we go. What most people don't understand however, is that when you do this, you are no longer carrying around the actual event as it took place. What you are now carrying around is your interpretation of an external event.
Do you really think that all of our negative beliefs magically disappeared just because we grew bigger and started calling ourselves adults?
Who you ''are'' is based on meanings that are running in the back of your mind and, at the same time, you had no real say in what are.
This means that decisions and interpretations made by a 5 year old brain are affecting your life right now. It means that interpretations you made when you were 13 are still running your life to this day. Do you really want the limiting beliefs of a teenager running your life? Most people never sit down and choose who they want to be. This is what I am urging you to do! It is time to make a conscious decision about your beliefs.
and choose which interpretations of the world you want to keep and which ones you feel are no longer serving you. It is time to realize that you are the master of your universe. That your power as the interpreter of external events allows you to create any meanings you choose.
The Mind-Made Prison: Radical Self Help and Personal Transformation by Mateo Tabatabai
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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