Happy Motivation Monday!
On yesterday’s run, I was listening to a podcast (The Wellness Wonderland, one of my favorite podcasts!), and Alex Beadon, the featured guest, discussed the fears surrounding starting her new job this past January. Alex’s answer could not have resonated with me more … she described anxiety and nerves, but also a confidence that she just knew she was doing the right thing and knew she would be able to help others in her new career path. I felt the same way when I left my job in January … I was certain I would be able to help my clients on their way to a healthier and happier lifestyle (and I’m grateful that I have!) (picture source)
Alex went on to describe her confidence and the outward projection of that confidence in terms of “acting as if” what you hoped for were already true. I’ve heard this idea repeated by several inspirational speakers. The thought is that if you act as if your goal has already been achieved, you will experience the positive emotions surrounding the goal earlier, take actions to make achieving that goal easier, and ultimately manifest that goal.
When Alex talked about it, though, I realized that that is what I have been doing all along. On January 6th, when I actually left my job, I did not have any health coaching clients. But I set up my business, marketed my services, created a solid business plan, talked to anyone who would listen, and went about my days as if I had a full practice (sometimes working a little too hard, which is another issue entirely). When asked “what do you do?”, I would say:
“I offer personalized, one-on-one health coaching to help my clients escape from the diet roller coaster and find the balance of nutrition and lifestyle that allows them to be their healthiest and happiest.”
No matter that I didn’t actually have any clients, this was still what I did, and what I was proud of. (picture source)
And little by little … it’s happening! Although there are millions of things I still want to do in my business, the fact that I acted as if my business were already what I hoped it would be has really helped me on the road to growth.
We did the same thing at my last job, where I was always told to act like the level one up from where I really was in order to let people see my capabilities in the future role. I frequently hear parents telling their kids to act like adults if they want to be treated like adults. In all these instances, it’s not about lying (if someone asked me point-blank how many clients I had on January 6th, I would have admitted that I had none), but rather it’s about envisioning your future success so you can have ultimate confidence that you will achieve it, and enjoy the experience of doing so.
So today, I encourage you to think of one big dream, and act as if you were already enjoying the success of that dream. Give yourself the gift of the happiness, pride, and joy right now – then put in the work and trust that you will get the results!
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So tell me in the comments … What can you act as if were already true today? Have you ever heard of this concept before?