We all have beliefs that we hold true and we protect and guard them, regardless of what evidence is given to disprove our belief.
Science has a name for it, Cognitive Dissonance; it is having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes. This means you actually hold two or more beliefs to be true even though they contradict each other and that you are aware these beliefs contradict themselves. It is especially seen in your behavioral decisions and in the change of your attitude.
From childhood we are taught to believe in things to “boost” the imagination. The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, Boogeyman, etc. Children believe because they trust the word of their parent and their parent not only says they are real but go to great lengths to prove these things exist. These children will defend that these entities are real even when their peers or other people tell them they don’t exists. It’s all harmless fun until the child finds out these things are not real. Then the child feels lied too, hurt, betrayed and the parents lose credibility since they are the ones who kept up the lie.
Now let’s fast forward to adulthood. Who do you trust to get your information from? News outlets, social media, friends, church, family… Do you regurgitate the information you are told or do you go out and do your own research? How often are you proven wrong and state “well that’s what I was told”?
You still have that same childhood mentality. To trust what you are told even if the facts don’t line up.
We are told the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth yet there are times we can see both the sun and moon at the same time. We are told we evolved from monkeys yet monkeys are still around and evolution only happens when there is no longer a need for original species. We are taught that we should love each other no matter the race yet we have been killing Muslims in the Middle East for over 10 years.
We turn our nose up at a panhandler on the street yet will offer to assist a homeless friend or relative. We clutch our bag when we pass a group of people who “look sketchy” yet will hug our relative who dresses and acts the same way. We believe the world is a horrible place and everything is evil because that is how the news and media portray it. Yet you can go outside and don’t experience any of that evil we have been told exists.
Take a moment and reflect on how you act throughout your day, will you say one thing and do another? Will you treat someone better than another simply because you have a better rapport with them? Do you accept information without doing your own research? Will you believe what you are told without question? How often do you question the facts to see if they really are factual or simply an embellishment?
Now that you know how you act. Is this the person you want to be? Join me for a 5 Week Transformation where we work barriers like these to help you become who you were created to be, to give you the freedom to see life and the world for what it really is, not what someone told you it should be.