Faith is defined in two ways -
1) Faith is belief that is not based on proof
Most people when they hear the word ‘faith’ automatically think of religion or God or spirituality. Having faith that a higher power exists in the world that no one on earth can see. There is no physical proof of this existence (although those who have this faith would argue that everything living thing you see is proof enough). Unfortunately, this faith seems to either bring people together or drive people apart. I believe Eckhart Tolle states it best when discussing the idea of spiritual faith:
“Religion can be an open door or a closed door. A closed door occurs when one believes there is only one way / one God for 6 billion people on earth. An open door occurs when one allows for others to believe in their own God, which then promotes harmonious spirituality among all people.”
Whether you have faith in a higher power or not, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you allow others to have faith in what they believe to be true without judgment.
2) Faith is confidence or trust in a person
Faith is love, which is based on the belief that another person will accept you as you are fully and completely. It is based on vulnerability and trust. It is based on believing in the best of the other person.
“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Faith is confidence in yourself, which is essential for living life to its fullest. You need to have faith in yourself to basically accomplish anything – asking someone out on a date, starting a family, buying a home, asking for a raise, changing careers, even setting goals and striving to achieve them.
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t know where you are going. It is believing in yourself enough to see the next step, but not necessarily anything after that, while still having faith that everything will turn out fine.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
For as many people as there are who believe in you, there will be equally as many that don’t, and usually if you don’t have faith in yourself it is those people who will convince you that you cannot achieve your goal. The faith you have in yourself will allow you to ignore the nay-sayers and allow you to persistently drive forward toward your vision.
“All successful people have fear and doubt. The difference is they don’t let it stop them from acting.” ~ T. Harv Eker
So, the question is, where is your faith?