Our beliefs have different levels of emotionality and certainty. A belief is formed when we develop a strong emotion with what we relate to,means our references. These references give us an absolute sense of certainty about something. People with beliefs have such a strong level of certainty that they are rarely open to new input. But if the way of communicating to them is such that is possible to interrupt their pattern of thinking…. then they are open to new input. This creates enough doubts to destabilize old references and make room for a new belief. On the other hand,conviction does not allow any room for a new belief as the person linking to a certain ie is intensely emotional. A person does not only feel certain but also gets angry even if his conviction is questioned.
So what is the difference between the two? Clearly it is the action one is willing to take.In fact, someone with a conviction is so passionate about their belief that they are willing to risk rejection or make a fool of themselves for the sake of their conviction. Probably the single biggest factor separating belief and conviction is that a conviction has usually been triggered by significant emotional events,during which the brain links up. The thoughts will be like… Unless I believe this, I will suffer massive pain. If I were to change this belief then I would be giving up my entire identity,everything my life has stood for, for years. Thus holding a conviction becomes very crucial to a person’s survival. This can be dangerous because anytime we are not willing to even look at or consider the possibility that our beliefs are inaccurate, we trap ourselves in rigidity, which could ultimately condemn us to a long term failure. So it is appropriate to have a belief about something rather than a conviction.
On the positive side, convictions can be empowering as they compel us to act. To create mastery in any area of our life, we can raise a belief to the level of conviction. Conviction has the power to drive us to action, to push us through all kinds of obstacles. Beliefs can do this as well, but some areas of life may require added emotional intensity of conviction. For example, the conviction to never let yourself become overweight will compel us to make consistently healthy lifestyle choices, allowing us to get more enjoyment out of our life and even saving from heart attack. Thus…. beliefs are like possessions and convictions are simply more valued possessions which allow an individual to passionately work towards either large scale or individual completion of goals, projects, wishes and desires!