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Friday, 2 July 2010

#10 Have faith

Faith can mean so many things to so many people. To some it can mean structured religion. Others may find faith in themselves. Whatever your interpretation, having 'faith' seems to get people through life better than those without it.

"Faith is what makes life possible...the alternative is a life that is empty and meaningless. Have faith and act on it today!" Anthony Robbins.

Studies have shown that people who had a faith were more likely to fight depression than those who didn't. In most rehab clinics, as part of their therapy, patients are encouraged to see their life as something bigger than themselves. They are encouraged to find a purpose for their life, as life without a purpose can exacerbate an underlying mental illness. Having personal experience of people with mental illness, the constant theme that runs through the mind is that no one cares about them, their life is meaningless and they have lost all hope.

New parents describe the shift when they see their child for the first time as "seeing your life as more important than your own." This in a sense is feeling a purpose to your life. Living it is another matter.

Every successful sports person will tell you that they had to overcome extreme adversity to get to the top of their field. It is hard to make it without talent. However, amongst the many talented people out there, there are always those who rise to the top. Either they had faith that they would get to the top or someone had faith in them to reach their potential.

"I learnt that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not." Kaka (Real Madrid and Brazil footballer).

If you feel yourself losing faith or are having a Michael Douglas moment in the film 'falling down', ask yourself these questions.

What am I grateful for?
What do I want to do with my life?
Why am I not doing it?
What legacy do I want to leave behind?

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