Good morning, my friends. I hope your week is off to a great start!
When you’re standing at the bottom of the proverbial mountain you’re about to climb, the whole thing can seem overwhelming.
You want to change careers, but you know nothing about your target career other than you have a passion for it. You have an idea for a business, but who would see you as an expert? You want to reach that healthy weight, but you have tried so many times before, what will be different this time?
You see the problem. Everyone says, “just believe,” and you want to but… That inability to completely believe will stop you from starting or quickly sabotage you unless can find a way to instantly believe or come up with a different way.
Here’s another strategy. Rather than trying to go from utter doubt to complete belief in one step, try suspending your disbelief instead. Acknowledge the doubt. Acknowledge that you’re not in full belief. Simply be willing to leave the question open.
Poet and philosopher William Coleridge coined the phrase “suspension of disbelief” to describe a state of mind in which readers willingly ignore obvious untruths and fantastic elements in literature in order to allow themselves to enjoy the story.
See your journey as your story. Be willing to ignore the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Focus on the next step in the story and be willing to go on that journey because the outcome is worth it and so are you.
The key to this strategy is literally take it one day at a time and focus on what is possible rather than absolute belief. Anything is always possible. Live in that possibility.
Just for today, I am willing to set aside my doubts and take action as if my goal is possible.
As you take steps of possibility, your confidence will grow and belief will come because you’ll have the proof of a hundred steps in the right direction.
Not fully believing is OK and not a requirement to begin. Just hold your disbelief as accountable as you hold your belief. Suspend it long enough for belief to take root.
Wherever you are on your journey today, know you’re amazing and remember to put your mind in your side.