Heart For Winter Haven believes that there are three key components in improving the quality of one’s life:
1. Positive belief or faith in a power greater than yourself.
2. Purpose-driven involvement within the community (Who/what-ever is involved in this community).
3. Personal fulfillment through the collaboration of our belief and action.
Section 1- Positive Belief or Faith in a Power Greater than Yourself
“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”
“Believe you can, and you are halfway there.”
Many key note speakers in history all came to a realization as to how much power belief holds in the lives’ of men. Thought is important enough that we have even designed a test using the power of The Believing Human Mind to credit the use of newly developed medicines. Namely, the placebo test. Bearing this in mind we can understand that belief plays a foundational role in the lives’ of men. Dr.Noyes has even been recorded saying, “I think one cannot have practiced medicine long without being convinced of the necessity of securing the confidence of patients as a condition essential to success,” (The Detroit Lancet, 174). Success, confidence, and belief all work together to prepare the individual for improved quality living.
Section 2- Purpose-Driven Involvement Within the Community (Who/what-ever is involved in this community)
Working from the foundation of belief we believe that the next step in improving the quality of life is to take action according to this belief. Jeff Speaks say in his article, “It is very natural to think of belief and desire as the two most fundamental kinds of mental states: beliefs register information received as input from the world, and desires are those states which, when added to beliefs, yield certain behavioral outputs” (Speaks, 2004). Desires first have to be added to beliefs, and when there is positive belief there will be action that is constructive to the individuals life. When this belief is exposed to the community through purpose driven involvement there is a vulnerability that creates a new opportunity to add to the improvement of the individuals life. In her book, Brown (2015) says that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves up to the wonderful experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. This vulnerability would be one of the binding agents between our belief and our actions.
Which brings us to…
Section 3- Personal Fulfillment Through the Collaboration of our Belief and Action
Pychyl (2008) says that when we make progress towards our goals, we feel happier and more satisfied with life. We believe that when we combine our beliefs with our actions that we will feel happier when we carry out these actions.
The Detroit Lancet. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from https://books.google.com/books?id=KzVYAAAAMAAJ
Speaks, Jeff. (2004, October 11). Belief, Intention, Intentional Action, and the Simple View. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from https://www3.nd.edu/~jspeaks/courses/mcgill/519-action/bratman-belief-intention.html
Brown, B. (n.d.). The Power of Vulnerability. Retrieved January 19, 2016, from http://www.soundstrue.com/store/the-power-of-vulnerability-2917.html
Pychyl, T. (2008, June 7). Goal Progress and Happiness. Retrieved January 19, 2016, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-delay/200806/goal-progress-and-happiness