Before getting too far into more ground-floor subjects of self-help, I’d like to share with you some of the ideas that make up my foundation. When I first read other authors, I was curious to know what kind of belief system they stood upon. I wasn’t looking to align with any specific philosophy or spiritual viewpoint; it was simply of interest to me what their convictions were. If a way to refine the information about the sources I’d researched would have been accessible, then perhaps a more efficient path of growth would have been available.
I believe one can be both confident and humble at the same time.
I believe being tough means doing things that are tough to do.
I believe I am connected to everything and attached to nothing.
I believe redemption is never beyond the reach of anyone.
I believe we are all bonded, both in flesh and spirit.
I believe all wishes come true.
I believe regrets are grudges I hold against myself.
I believe that whatever I believe in, the opposite must also be true.
I believe I am responsible for everything in my life.
I believe one voice can be heard among billions.
I believe I am both unique and common.
I believe in the power of intention.
I believe that nothing happens that isn’t supposed to.
I believe that yesterday is no indication of tomorrow.
I believe that optimism is wasted unless it’s tempered with action.
I believe nothing improves unless dissatisfaction precedes it.
I believe the journey is the destination.
I believe life gets better every day.
I believe age has nothing to do with potential.
I believe cleanliness is next to Godliness.
I believe all self destructive behavior is anchored in shame.
I believe that in the house that is love, chiseled into the floor of the basement is the word “forgiveness.”
I believe I could be wrong about everything.
I believe I have both a free will and a destiny.
I believe in doing the most, what I’ll regret the least.
I believe there is beauty in everything.
I believe the inability to release and properly express emotion leads to unexpected and unexplainable behavior.
I believe compassion trumps the golden rule.
I believe letting go is the most powerful force I can choose to align with.
I believe whatever I am, I am not this body.
I believe there is no such thing as luck.
I believe I’ll never lose my wonder for the miracle that is this world.
I believe I can do anything.
I believe I see myself in others.
I believe this world is worth saving.
All of these ideas I really do believe in. My life is a continuing example of their manifestation. Some annoy me, some overjoy me, but all serve me well.
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With Love and Compassion, Daniel Andrew Lockwood