Making It Real
Actor and musician Will Smith, in an interview with 60 Minutes, says people told him he needed to be more realistic. But Will says he doesn’t ever want to be realistic, because the first part of achieving anything is believing it.
He’s right. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is loosen our grip on reality and believe in the “impossible.”
But how do we get to big new beliefs when everyone tells us to get real?
It starts by knowing that we create reality; knowing that we decide what’s true, with our attention to it. If we can create whatever we want then “impossible” no longer exists. Anything we desire is within reach at that point.
Okay, that’s a good start. And then how do we truly embrace a big belief, like being able to swim in financial abundance, or play a leading role on the big screen, or change the world for the better?
I agree with Will again when he says the first step is saying it. He talked about how Muhammed Ali said “I am the greatest!” Will says whether you believe it or not, the first step is saying it before there is any possibility of believing it.
Which is where our mantras, affirmations and power phrases come in.
What are you saying to yourself lately? Many of us reinforce beliefs we’d rather not have, by saying particular things to ourselves over and over. Things like:
- This year is going so fast!
- I am so busy!
- I am too tired.
- That’s the story of my life.
- I never win.
- There’s never time for me.
Is that what you want to make real? If not, how about a new phrase that lines up with the reality you’d rather create? Perhaps:
- Things always work out for me.
- I’m the best there is.
- There is plenty of time for everything.
- I take great care of myself.
- I am such a lucky girl!
Years ago I met a sales professional who introduced himself to me as “the best salesperson in the world.” He said it so matter of factly and with such confidence that I expected there was a list out there that he was at the top of.
Just this afternoon one of my clients said to me, “I don’t worry.” She meant it. Says she gave it up five or six years ago. I want to own that statement as well as she does.
I might add a couple others, too: “I always know what to do.” “I’m in the right place at the right time.” “The Universe treats me like gold.”
We can follow Ali’s example. We start saying it, and pretty soon we’ve attracted some sort of evidence of it, which makes it even easier to continue saying, which attracts more proof, and pretty soon – we’ve got a brand new full-fledged belief on our hands.
I’m a big fan of using the written word to create reality, but as you can tell from recent topics here, the spoken word has my attention lately. I intend that you’re as inspired as I am to get conscious to what we’re saying and switch it up when we see room for improvement. If you care to share, I’d love to hear what affirmations you use that you’re ready to give up, and what you’re replacing them with!