Have you ever turned on your television, flipped through the channels, and seen the show that says, “This is Super Jeopardy!” “The conclusion of The Quarter-of-a-Million-Dollar Challenge!” “Now entering the studio are the three finalists.” “And now, here is the host of Super Jeopardy! Alex Trebek!”
One contestant says, “Alex, give me ‘Characteristics’ for $500?”
Alex reads from the card he holds in his hand: “What would you call a person who behaves or thinks in a socially acceptable or expected way, characterized by adherence to accepted norms of behavior or thought?”
The contestant replies, “Who is a conformist?” “You are correct!” says, Alex.
To some degree, we are all conformists in one way or another. Generally, people will say that most people are easily swayed, but not they themselves! The truth of the matter is that we have all been influenced to make decisions predicated on the art of persuasion. Companies spend millions of dollars studying human behavior, so that they can steer their advertising in the direction that increases the probability that a segment of the public will buy their products or services.
Come on, let’s admit it; we’ve selected one product over another, or we’ve bought a particular make of vehicle, or better yet, we’ve chosen to eat at a specific restaurant opposed to another, all because of advertising that was produced based on a study of our patterns of thought. We have been influenced to make decisions about what we should eat, drink, drive, wear, and yes, whether we should attend a particular church. I am not so naïve as to think that with some of my personal decisions, there was not some level of influence present. Personal preferences can be influenced, as well as, some personal convictions. Unfortunately, the latter should never involve making life shaping and altering decisions that are manipulated convictions.
Convictions are not the same as preferences or bias’. Both preferences and bias’ refer to beliefs about some matter or point. However, bias is where one fails to be impartial, and preference is a matter of choice based on likes and dislikes. It is okay for a person to have differing personal preferences, but a bias will cause one to discriminate against another. A personal conviction is a conclusion or belief you’ve developed and formed yourself; while a bias is something that an outside source or another person has influenced you to believe.
When it comes to your convictions, they must be from your heart. Are you an obstinately independent spirit, or someone who easily integrates other’s views and opinions into your thinking? Living a life of tenacity will always cause you to look extremely ignorantly stubborn. Meaning this, those who do not understand your drive or pursuit of destiny, will feel that you are simply carrying your desires too far…they are too unrealistic. Destiny and purpose is life itself when a person understands it. This is why the price or cost to live a dream is just too much for most to pay.
Tenacity is birthed out of the heart of a dream or destiny. It is a determination or stubbornness that tends to stick firmly to any decision, plan, or opinion, without changing or doubting. This deep passion causes one to hold firm to their convictions tightly, so that it is difficult to loosen, shake off, or pull them away from it. They will not deny their faith in God, or dismiss their dream, because of obstacles or opposition. They are Persistent with a capital ‘P’ and will persist for a long time until change comes.
When you have a personal conviction about your life, your persistence causes you to become difficult to change. You will be like a stamp on a letter; you will stick to it until you reach your destination.
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