By Veronica Salcido-Rodriguez
Core beliefs are how we view the world and ourselves, which causes us to respond and react according to those beliefs. They are the values that we hold up and on to. We may believe that “family comes first,” to “treat others the way you want to be treated,” or something as simple as “I can do anything.” We all have our own beliefs, some similar and some different. Whatever the case may be, these beliefs effectively impact us because we move through life according to those beliefs. If we have solid and positive views feel may feel confident and happy. If we have negative beliefs about ourselves or our world, they negatively impact how we think, react, and respond. We may feel sad, alone, angry, or anxious. We may not notice it or understand it at times, but just as I mentioned before, something as simple as “I can do it” can be “I can’t do it” or worse. By believing that thought and holding it as the truth, you tend to move forward according to it, which may mean not moving forward. That specific belief may cause you to not pursue the things you want in life simply because you believe you can’t so why even try if you fail. There is fear and insecurity around it. It can make you feel anxious or depressed. That is a straightforward example, and some core beliefs may be that simple, but some may also be more intricate, extreme, or harmful. The good thing is you can work towards changing your ideas and what you want in life. It can be a hard thing to challenge, but it can most certainly be done. It is essential to examine and explore your core beliefs to see how you navigate your world and how these beliefs genuinely impact you.