More than anything else, it is what you believe that rules your life. You will create what you believe. What happens when you behave differently from what you believe? After a while, you will change your belief and circumstances to match your behavior, because the difference between the two is just too uncomfortable. Think about that for a minute -in cases where your behavior will not match what you believe, that you will change what you believe to match how you’re behaving. Think about how many horrendous crimes have been committed, because slowly over time, people changed their beliefs to match how they felt compelled to behave. Belief will drive our lives, even if we have to change it.
With a rare number of people, their beliefs or principles are so strong that they will not change either their beliefs or their principles, no matter what. They will not rationalize, they will not compartmentalize, they will not deny, they will not use a host of defenses and rationales and excuses that most of us use to justify the fact that we are behaving differently from what we believe.
Knowing what you believe is the same thing as knowing what you really want. When you grasp what you really want, your principles manifest into sharper and sharper reality.
What do you believe?
What are your principles?
What do you really, really want?
When you have discovered what you want, you will have discovered, as well, the ultimate ground of your being and your principles will be clearly revealed.