Are you afraid of how great the thing you want to do would be if you actually did it?
Does just thinking about it scare you?
Aren’t we hilarious–oooh, I’d like to do that, I think I might even be great at that…or, you know, maybe okay at it…I mean, I wouldn’t even know how to start. WHAT am I even thinking! I mean, AS IF!
As if. What if you took your “as if” denial and turned it on its head and you started to act:
…as if you were already there
…as if you were doing that thing you wanted to do
…as if you believed
Think as if
Believe as if
Act as if
I’m not saying it’s one step from doubt to reality, but you have to start somewhere, or actually if you want to stay right where you are, you don’t HAVE to do anything.
Just like you’re doing now.
I hate it when that happens. But, to be the you who creates the cool sh*t and creates the mind-blowing stuff takes work.
It starts with inside work–its an inside job, an interior renovation…you get the picture. And, like I said, the first thing is the thought–to think as if.
And the easiest way to start this is through, our friends, affirmations. I am not even kidding.
Now, I know how some affirmations can feel like bold-faced lies, because no matter how many times you say, I love myself unconditionally, if one of your first thoughts that morning was, I’m such an idiot! you are so not going to believe your words–because you are not feeling the emotion that needs to accompany them. Adding four little words to the beginning of almost any affirmation will get you to the believing portion of this plan:
It feels good to…
Because, I bet at least once in your life you’ve felt creative, confident, talented, and accomplished. Even if it was in second grade Art class–hold that feeling, that truth as you say the words:
It feels good to love myself unconditionally
It feels good to create art that people want
It feels good to be confident
“It feels good to…” keeps it in the present yet makes it more palatable for those of us who have an affirmation of: I am an excellent and productive writer, I write every day and get my projects done–with the background thoughts of:
Gee, I didn’t write yesterday and wasn’t I going to brainstorm another scene…when was the last time I wrote?
LIAR! LIAR! LIAR!
And then my pants are on fire. Dang. I hate it when that happens.
But–I know with my whole being that it does, indeed, feel good to be a productive writer, so that way I’m all in, I’m living in belief city. And then every time there is proof of the “feel good to” it is further embedded in my subconscious. Yay!
We all can get there, I promise.
Next blog: A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action! What comes after affirmations.
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