Own Your Beliefs About Yourself (By Yaz Rooney)

Do you take responsibility for what you believe? Because if you do, you are well on your way to building the power to create the life that you’ve always wanted to live.

The most empowering lesson that I ever learned in this life was this: all the negative ideas that I had about myself, those thoughts that defined how I felt, how I behaved, and that were responsible for my health issues, did not belong to me. They were given to me by others; by my parents, my teachers, my friends, society and my religion. And the amazing thing was, I didn’t have to keep carrying the burden of other people’s ideas. If I chose to, I could end my suffering immediately by throwing them out with the rubbish!

With self-enquiry, I found in myself the thoughts that made me feel small, inferior and unable to make something of my life. When I finally discarded them, I flourished, and achieved all the dreams I’d ever dared to dream for this life. It also came to me then, that to do this work effectively, I had to own my beliefs, take responsibility for them. Though they had been passed on to me, it was I who held on to them and gave them life by believing them. No idea has life if you don’t believe in it, and for me, no longer choosing to champion my inherited ideas changed everything.

I sincerely hope that you can take responsibility for what you believe, and discard the beliefs that keep you stuck in a life that you don’t want. Take it from me, you’ll be SO much happier!

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