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Poverty Mind Essay

691 words - 3 pages

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Poverty of Mind
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The mind is a very powerful tool that runs on the data that we put into it. We all have lenses that filter how we see the world around us. Based on what passes through those lenses, we build a system of how we perceive the world. It shapes what we believe to be true. Our life, culture, choices everything is shaped by these beliefs. These lenses are given to us through the influences throughout our life. We all have key people or events that shaped our belief systems. Our parents, siblings, friends, culture, media, religion all play a big role in what lens we wear. Culture is formed by a group of people that all wear similar lens or have shared belief systems. There is nothing good or bad about that, it is just a way of life for all of us. Our beliefs shape what we ...view middle of the document...

There is a way that seems right to us but the results of that belief, that value, that action can have a negative outcome. Have you ever believed something to be true and acted on it, only to find out the results were unpleasant? In such a case our mind was missing the information it needed to make a decision that would produce good results, good fruit. If we remember to apply common sense, we will look at the outcomes in our lives, in our communities and change what is broken if needed. This may require us to cut some branches or actions out of our life. It may require taking the bark off the trunk or change what we value. We may need to dig up the roots of our tree and truly examine what we believe if it doesn't lead us to a life that is free of poverty or brokenness in ourselves or others. What we believe shapes our values, our values determine our actions, and our actions create wealth or poverty in ourselves and others.

Define the world as full of opportunity, opposed to a life where our actions will not bring change. Understand that poverty begins inside our minds based on the lenses that are being worn by our communities and ourselves. 3. We recognize that poverty is the result or fruit of our beliefs, values, or actions. Poverty can be reversed when we change any of these areas for the good.
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 Evaluate if this concept is true by applying the concepts to specific outcomes in your life. Think of two scenarios, one with a good outcome for you and others and one with a bad outcome for you or others. Trace the action back to action, value, and beliefs that lead to the story. Take time to sit down and write down the things that are really important to you. (What are your values?) Draw lines to the left and right to identify what beliefs created those values (left side) and what are the results of your values (right side). Identify a behavior that produces negative results, find the cause (belief, value) and change it. Measure the change and repeat until you are doing well to yourself and others.

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