Curiosity is a viable alternative to belief.
That is, if you can’t get yourself to believe in an idea, simply make up your mind to be curious about it.
By “curiosity”, I mean “the state of mind that is open to exploring something new or trying something different in an effort to see what happens next.”
So, let’s say you’re interested in starting a new business or you’re eager to put an end to a self-destructive habit:
The approach I am advocating would say “screw trying to make yourself believe that you’re going to succeed.” Instead, just try something different.
Take a chance on the unknown.
Let go of the pressure to know what you don’t know.
Release the burden of having to be certain of this or that.
Do something you haven’t done before and observe what happens.
Make notes. Improve what you can. Then, repeat the process.
The future doesn’t belong to the believers; it belongs to the explorers.
Having your mind made up, even if you’re right, wont automatically get you anywhere.
But being open to possibility will always give rise to new adventures, fresh insights, and fascinating discoveries.
So if you’ve got something to believe in, and it actually makes your life better, then don’t stop believing.
If, on the other hand, you have a hard time believing, or you simply don’t know what to place your faith in, try diving into the deep wild waters of visceral experience. You may not emerge with any creeds or dogmas, but you’ll find out what you’re made of. And knowing what you are made of will bring you greater value than most of the stuff people try to get you to believe anyway.
At least that’s the way I see it.
If, in the process of exploring, you uncover any cool ideas, please let me know. I’m curious about your beliefs.