Writing your own statement of personal belief can be a powerful tool for self-re

Writing your own statement of personal belief can be a powerful tool for self-reflection. It can also be a wonderful thing to share with family, friends, and colleagues. To guide you through this process, we offer these suggestions:
Tell a story about you: Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events that have shaped your core values. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.
Be brief: Your statement should be between 500 and 600 words. That’s about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.
Name your belief: If you can’t name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief.
Be positive: Write about what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid statements of religious dogma, preaching, or editorializing.
Be personal: Make your essay about you; speak in the first person. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Tell a story from your own life; this is not an opinion piece about social ideals. Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone, and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.
Your introduction should state your “This I Believe” statement (this should be your first sentence).
Your body (2-3 paragraphs) should show your experience with your belief statement (Example: If “hard work” is your belief statement, share how you worked hard, what hard work you did, how did working hard impact your life – give specific examples and instances).
Your conclusion relates back to your introduction and your belief statement (Where are you now because of your belief?).
This statement should be a personal belief. Please select a good one and let me know what the belief is before you start the assignment.
Remember I am going to be presenting this to an instructor so this has to be done right.