What is the meaning of the word Belief?

According to the dictionary – “An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof.”
Please note the words especially without proof.

Does that mean that we live our lives in a belief which is not entirely true? Or maybe not true at all?
There are good beliefs and self-limiting beliefs that we all have.

Beliefs are what we have heard, been told, read, seen with someone else, experienced. These are our beliefs, not necessarily a fact.

There is a difference between a belief and a fact.
A fact is something that has been proven to be right .. the earth is round.
It is not a belief, but something which has been verified.

Over the years I have had to shatter so many of my self-limiting beliefs. Oh! and am I glad I did?

Let’s start with the simplest one ( also the most difficult ) – Happiness. All of us have different beliefs about Happiness? I, at one point, did think that if I made other people happier I would be happier. It was really important to me that everyone around me was happy. Honestly, the one thing that I learned about this was that I loved being appreciated for all that I did. I also learned that I did have some expectations from all the people I did share my happiness with. I did not understand it at this point so I did not focus on my happiness. I honestly did not think about it as I thought I was so happy trying to make others happy.  But honestly, if I wasn’t in a  happy space myself, how could I share happiness? This was a Belief I needed to shatter and I did.

Today I still love sharing Happiness But I do it more from a place of love without expectations. ( I used many different modalities But Ho’oponopono was one I loved )

Let’s take another self-limiting belief –

I did believe life was transactional. – When a child is born, they have no expectations or beliefs. Over the years they are taught  If you do well in school, you will get a toy. If you behave yourself, you will get ice cream and this goes on throughout your life. As you grow, this is a belief created and you believe that this is the way life is meant to be.

Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case regardless of empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty. Another way of defining belief sees it as a mental representation of an attitude positively oriented towards the likelihood of something being true. Wikipedia