Warren Mundine has had a storied political career, marked by his pursuit to empower Indigenous Australians and his choice to switch parties after the last election. He now serves as Chairman of the Australian Governments Indigenous Advisory Council for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, leaving the Labor party and his long tenure with them behind. Mundine insists the controversial move came about after he took time to evaluate his goals and beliefs and which political party would be best served to help him lift Indigenous Australians out of poverty.
Politics aside, the idea of taking stock of your beliefs and what this means in regards to the way we operate on a week to week or year to basis is hugely important. I had to ask myself, when was the last time I really thought about this and made a conscious decision to change tact where I thought it was necessary? Subconsciously I have of course made changes, but the power of conscious choice is not to be ignored. Here are 3 reasons why I think you should regularly evaluate your beliefs.
1. Momentum. It is easy to get stuck in a rut or keep doing the same thing you have always done. The trouble with that is you may be leading yourself down a path you’re no longer that excited about. Sometimes just stopping and asking yourself whether you really still believe the idea, job, friendship or plan is a good idea is enough to give you confidence that is it, or to set you on a new and improved path.
2. Times change – rapidly. It is no secret that things change, but they seem to be changing at warp speed. With the advent of social media and the ensuing effects of instant gratification, you can sometimes get sucked into a set of beliefs or ideas that are not your own. It may also be that time has literally changed things for you. As you get older, and wiser, the things you are willing to believe or put up with change and it requires you to consciously acknowledge this and alter your own behaviours to match your new intentions.
3. Crush limiting beliefs. When you take a step back and look at the pillars of your belief system and what you want to achieve you will likely identify some limiting beliefs – those internal thoughts or ideas that insist you don’t have what it takes to achieve your goals or plans. It is important to understand why you might feel this way and evaluate how you can change it. Sometimes the greatest limitations to achieving success are our own mindsets.
What do you think – do enough of our political leaders evaluate the agenda they are pushing?
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