When we are confronted with one roadblock or challenge after another, many of us say to ourselves, “I’ll believe it when I see it” when we know how hard an outcome may be to accomplish (and the finish line keeps moving). As I have become immersed in the land of software development, I’ve told myself this far more in the past year than I have in my entire life.
As I sat on a flight recently, I was listening to a Deepak Chopra meditation. On it he asked what if you said, “I’ll see it when I believe it” instead? As much as I am a take-the-bull-by-the-horns person, in that moment I realized how much I was tolerating — and that my defeatist attitude was sucking the life out of me. How did I get here?!
But my realization wasn’t enough for me to take action right away. I had to recharge. I was drained. For the past 12 years, I have been disciplined about not working on weekends so I knew I needed more than that to re-energize. So, I went to the mountains to surround myself with beauty, hike for miles and spend quality time with people I care about.
I made a commitment to be fully present and leave everything else behind. And I decided to start being more of “me” again (someone who typically sets a goal and constantly asks “What would it take to make this happen?”).
It’s been quite a journey. And I’m excited to say it’s turned out really well. I have put strategies that have worked well for me in the past back into practice, I am hyper-aware of how to keep my mindset positive, and I feel empowered again.
So, today I want to challenge you to find one thing you’ve been tolerating (something that is making you skeptical or negative) and to consider saying, “I’ll see it when I believe it (the outcome that I want).” I’m pretty sure that it will lead you down a different path and that you might be surprised at what happens.