Reality is malleable.
Your identity is not fixed.
No matter who you are, what you’ve done, and where you’ve been, you can always become the person you’ve wanted to be deep down.
It can start today.
#1: Imagination: Are you visualising what you want?
“You can study all these things that you have in a book, but if you don’t have the imagination and then take it to another level, it doesn’t mean anything.” — Elon Musk
All change first starts with your mental construct of yourself and your circumstances.
Regardless of what happened in the past — ten years ago or even yesterday, today is a new day and you can always revise yourself anew.
Do you use your imagination on a daily basis? Can you picture, with great clarity, the future you’re pulling towards yourself?
What you are holding in your mind as mental pictures is giving the subconscious a direction — whether positive or negative.
What does that ‘you’ look like? What is their environment? Who do they surround themselves with? What are their behaviors and habits?
Make it as real as possible in your mind’s eye.
Using imagination, or guided imagery, tricks the brain. Your brain cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination. Research has shown that mental practices are almost as effective as physical practices, and doing both is more effective than either alone.
World Champion Golfer, Jack Nicklaus said: “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head”
#2: Belief: Can you believe in yourself, and trust the process?
“Observe your thoughts, instead of being constantly the victim of your thoughts.” — Tim Ferris
Who do you believe yourself to be?
What stories are you telling yourself? Do you believe it’s possible to have what you want?
The secret to real change is changing your internal narrative, and believing in a more empowering story for yourself. The narratives we tell ourselves literally create our reality. Observe your thoughts in order to change them.
Don’t get stuck in a story that no longer serves you.
Are you just reacting to the way things are, or are you consciously choosing a perception to your situation?
Is it actually the truth, or a story you’re creating to disempower yourself?
You can always change the narrative, and see something in a different way. You can always change the meaning of an event and the lens you’re looking at it through.
No one else has the ability to do this but you.
Believing in and trusting in something that has not yet come to pass is the foundation of faith. It is self-belief, and the platform for your higher self to grow upon.
Conviction is the cement
How strong is the belief you have? Do you have ‘fierce trust’ in the process as Liz Gilbert calls it?
Your perception becomes your reality.
Having strong belief in yourself is not about controlling every little detail about how ‘success’ might come about. It is having true faith in yourself and being open to what shows up.
Can you ‘be open to everything, and attached to nothing’?
Without faith in yourself, you cannot create what you want.
If you have a poor self belief, then:
Hack your alpha and theta states
Utilize your sleep and waking states to get into that state, through ‘I am’ affirmations. By adopting the emotional tones of the person you want to be, you’re giving your unconscious mind (or higher self) instructions to run the new program.
Having belief in yourself is actually scientifically proven to increase performance. Studies in behavioral science found that self-confidence enhances problem-solving, adaptability, and overall effectivess.
#3: Emotional energy: Can you feel yourself to be that person, now?
“Ideas are impressed on the subconscious through the medium of feeling. No idea can be impressed on the subconscious until it is felt, but once felt — be it good, bad or indifferent — it must be expressed” — Neville Goddard
For example, if you want to be a politician (and if you do, you’re BRAVE) — can you, right now, get into the feeling of what it would like to be a politician? Can you embody that emotional energy?
If you want to be a person who is married, can you feel the ring on your finger? Can you feel what you would feel, if you were married?
Always, every time, we are looking for a feeling.
And the feeling is always available to us now. In fact, in order to fuel our success, we have to get it first.
Step into the imagined picture you have created for yourself.
Feel, in your body, what it will be like to achieved your desired result. Feel from the end result. Repeat as often as possible.
#4: Action: Are you taking action from that energetic state? Are you thinking and acting FROM it?
“Your habits are how you embody your identity” — James Clear
Now you’ve got that emotional frequency, are you taking action from it? Are you basically living like that person?
At first, you may feel as if you’re just an actor playing a role, but the more you ‘show up’ to becoming that person via consistent micro actions, the more you gradually transform your identity.
Don’t take action with the feeling of ‘lack’ within you.
You’re literally broadcasting a signal that won’t match you with what you want. You actually aren’t lacking anything, just belief in yourself and your ability to transform.
When you do something, do it with the spirit of trust.
It doesn’t mean spend all your money if you want to become rich, but rather keep the feeling that you are wealthy and hold the conviction that it’s just a matter of time before your habits accumulate and shows up.
And even if you’re not always feeling it, show up anyway.
Persistent action builds identity
By committing to action, even when you’re not always ‘feeling it’, will help you build the beliefs and the feelings needed.
So by working out every day, you’re building the belief you’re committed to your health. You begin to revise your conception of yourself and assume a new identity.
Over time, your unconscious mind accepts this as the ‘new normal’. You’ll start thinking bigger thoughts and taking actions in line with this new you. If you persist in the positive use of your imagination whilst doing this, it will literally pull this future into existence for you.
Putting all of these steps together can be a formula for revising yourself and taking on a new set of beliefs and habits.
Your higher self, or your unconscious mind, then allows you to jump to the next level through alignment — through aligning your thoughts, your internal self talk, your feelings about yourself, and your external actions.