What do you believe in?

There are times in our lives when our belief in ourselves gets tested. When our definition of who we are is questioned.

When you lose your job. When you realise the course you’re studying really isn’t right for you. When a workmate puts you down. When there’s a death in the family. When your heart gets broken.

There are many, many more times when your sense of self-worth and your self-esteem will take a beating and when it happens it can get quite difficult to find yourself again. Believe me, I know exactly how this feels. I know about feeling adrift and alone in a roomful of people. I know about going to bed and hoping that the next day will just be a little better. I know about wishing to feel normal again or to be able to feel anything at all.

One of my favourite authors, Max Lucado wrote a book called: “On The Anvil”. In it he puts all of it, the doubts, the fears, into perspective and keep your self-worth intact. He asked the reader to write down what they believe in. Not speculations or wishes or “I think so’s” but beliefs that you can build a life on, beliefs that you would die for. Just as how long a building stands depends on the strength of its foundation, so should our dignity.

To give you an idea, here are my rock-solid, ‘undeniables’ that I believe in:
- I believe that God loves me and will never give up on me.
- I believe in staying true to yourself.
- I believe I have a family who loves each other and will do anything for each other.
- I believe I have friends who will stand by me no matter what.
- I believe my guy is out there somewhere and we will meet on God’s perfect time.
- I believe you have to have a little bit of a child in you.
- I believe you can survive rock bottom – if you’re willing to get back up again.

Make your own list. Keep it somewhere convenient. Your wallet, your diary, keep it as a txt on your mobile…anywhere. So the next time your self-esteem takes a hit, have a look at that list and ask yourself: “Has any of my ‘undeniables’ been threatened? Is my foundation shaky?” The answer is usually no. What am I trying to say? I’m saying that if you know what you believe, as in really know it, and know what’s important and what’s not, your self-worth won’t easily buckle the next time it gets tested.

Now, that I can promise you. You’ll see….

What do you believe in?


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