The Thursday Thesis - 13/10/2016
“Speak as though it were already true...”
As you may already know, whatever you say about yourself will naturally tend to become true for you, in time.
So it’s common sense to make it good, then – or so you’d think.
It makes sense to define yourself as you would wish to be, and wait for reality to catch up with you. The more widely you declare yourself, the more compelling will be your need to confirm – and to conform to – your identity.
Defining yourself in that future-oriented way creates an image in your mind, and you’ll begin to mould yourself to fit that image and to be congruent with the ideas you choose to hold about yourself.
If you want to write more often, describe yourself as a writer: you’ll start to do what writers do – write! You’ll begin to feel a need to write, because it staves-off the sneaking suspicion that you might just be a fraud who only pretends to be a writer.
Tell the world you’re feeling down and you’ll start to behave in ways that are consistent with feeling down.
The reverse is also true – though feeling happy and optimistic still carries a social stigma in the UK.
So take a moment to check that what you say about yourself is worth living up to. If it isn’t, change it right now, forever.
Then tell the people who matter to you who you aspire to be, and you’ll start to behave in ways that bring that aspiration into being.
Say it as though it were already true, and wait for reality to catch up.
© Neil Cowmeadow 2016
Special Notice: Jenny Attiyeh, who runs http://thoughtcast.org (an interview and ideas sharing site for creative and academic types) pointed out that she holds the worldwide trademark on the word ThoughtCast and has asked me to change my blog’s name to prevent confusion.
So, The Thursday ThoughtCast will immediately and dynamically transmogrify itself into the new, improved and thoroughly modest Thursday Thesis.
Incidentally, when you’re finished here (and NOT before!) you might like to have a look at Jenny’s site, especially if you like artists and bears.
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