“Don’t try to convince me with the facts, my mind is already made up.”
When it comes to faith, the statement above can make all the difference. The only way we can accomplish the impossible is if we believe that it is possible. Other people will use what they know to try to have you conform to their brand of truth. They would impose their limitations on you if you let them.
I am a huge fan of shutting out haters and naysayers to go with your gut. If the voice of God and the advice of everyone around you differ, go with God.
You may feel led to go against the crowd, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to them. You don’t have to act on what anyone else says, but you should be able to listen to it. Listen to them confidently, knowing that you will go in your own direction, or listen to them ready to incorporate some or all of their ideas as necessary, but always listen.
This Parable from Buddha’s 100 Sutras speaks to the consequences of being too convinced:
One day, while a widower was far away from home, his son was kidnapped by bandits who burned the entire village to the ground. The man returned to find the charred remains of a little boy. The man weeps and wails over the burnt corpse. He has a funeral, cremates the boy, and carries the ashes in a sack around his neck day and night. A few months later, his little boy was able to escape and return home. He knocked and knocked on the front door, “Dad, it’s me,” but the man couldn’t let go of his beliefs and grief, so the boy had no choice but to leave.
Never be too convinced of anything. If it’s true, put it to the test.