You know what I love about writing? That there’s so much potential in this blank canvas. I get to carve out any world I want with the flick of my fingers.
I glide this cursor across this screen with the eb and flow of my through and viola! A new world is created.
But this is different from who you already are. I’m not huge proponent of humans as the “tabula rasa.” No, my friend. We are not born as a blank slate.
We are already the person we are going to be.
Many of us walk around with imposter syndrome. We “want” to be a writer, so we behave like an aspiring writing.
We “want” to be a lawyer so we behave like a lawyer yet.
We “want” to be a leader so we behave like a leader.
All of the above is the product of self-monitoring that results in imposter syndrome. We don’t actually think, feel or see ourselves AS ourselves. As the human we were born to be.
All You Have To Do Is Place Yourself There
You are already a writer, doctor, lawyer, fire fighter or whatever it is you want to be.
All you need to do is walk the walk. Walk the walk right into the ER, the courtroom, fire house.
It’s about getting from point A to point B.
When I was working for UPS, I initially started out as a trainee, like everyone else does. But I knew I could lead my union to better working conditions.
I’ve been a leader since day one. Every room I enter people feel safe following me.
So when I started campaigning to become the youngest shop steward that building has ever had, it was already set in stone.
There were a few old heads that were trying to stand in my way, but I made it past them and lead my union to better working conditions, emphasis on rights negotiated within our contract as well as a host of other things which included no more workplace harassment.
Here’s how to get to that “place.”
While I was campaigning, I made connections with many of the older guys. I learned the culture of union leadership and brotherhood.
I physically put myself around these men in order to soak up the culture.
Becoming successful is not all about your skill set. It’s about learning the codes on which people operate.
If you don’t weave yourself within the social dynamics of your chosen field, it will be hard to anchor yourself comfortably within your field.
Reach out to people you admire. Ask them to mentor you. Get within proximity to learn everything you can about the culture.
Put Yourself There Mentally With Visualization
Without visualization you’re leaving everything up to chance. Don’t leave everything up to chance.
Get a clear mental image of the role you want to play in life.
Get a clear mental image of the life you’ll live once you’ve become successful.
It’s not going to happen unless you visualize it.
You have to use your imagination to put yourself there mentally first, then you’ll find yourself there physically.
Be sure to make this image so clear. So focussed, so real, that you can engage it with your 5 senses.
You want to be able to touch, hear, smell, taste, see the life you want to live.
Don’t leave it up to dumb “luck.”
I’m going to end with gratitude. If you’re not grateful for the things you currently have, you won’t have more come your way.
Gratitude is the gel that holds your life together.
It is also the attractive force that brings more abundance into your life.
Gratitude consistently keeps you in a positive mental mood. Without it, you’ll struggle to make progress.
Wanting to achieve more while being in a negative mental state is ass backwards.
So remember, you’re already the person you want to be. You just need to match it with the surroundings you see this version of yourself working in.
Don’t allow yourself to be put down by the naysayers or pompous people who say you haven’t made it yet.
Believe in yourself. Don’t stop working.
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