Values Belief“Don’t assume that your understanding of how things work is right – even if you’ve lived according to particular assumptions for a long time” – some wise words from Duncan.

We base the decisions we make as we navigate through life on our assumptions, and the things we believe to be true. Those decisions lead to actions, which lead to the results we get.

But are our beliefs true?

Actually, many of our beliefs change as we experience more and learn more. What beliefs have you ‘updated’ recently? Maybe you have done some reading about food and its effect on your body, and now have different beliefs about diet. Maybe someone you know did something unexpected and you changed your mind about them.

Beliefs change, so all we can really say is that our beliefs are true for us right here, and right now. You can never really say they are TRUE, especially if others seem to have a differing belief and manage to navigate life successfully.

We can’t see beliefs, but we can see their influence in the way others act.

If the actions of another seem contrary to you, imagine what belief might be in place that would support that action. Be curious, and respectful, about how they seem to have developed a belief different to yours.

Here are the differences between beliefs, values, and principles. They are not the same.

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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