“If the Sun and Moon should doubt, they’d immediately go out.” – William Blake
Kyle had a vision. He wanted to open a sandwich shop that sold nothing but meatloaf sandwiches. Cold meatloaf sandwiches, grilled meatloaf sandwiches, meatloaf burgers. All meatloaf, all the time. Kyle had his grandmother’s meatloaf recipe which he thought was the best meatloaf recipe in the world and he wanted to bring the magic to the people. But when he started sharing his idea with friends and family, everyone thought he was completely off his nut. Even his grandma thought it was crazy. Kyle was sure that his idea was a winner, but a seed of doubt had been planted. Every time he sat down to work on his meatloaf sandwich shop strategy, his belief in the project waned. Maybe it was a bad idea. He should be more responsible and settle for a steady job. No one likes meatloaf that much. Eventually Kyle walked away from his vision and took a job at his dad’s accounting firm. And he was miserable. One day, he came across the file of a new client with the firm. It was a sandwich shop called The Meatloaf Hut.
Now, I don’t know if a meatloaf sandwich shop is a good idea or not. But clearly Kyle thought it was, and so did the owner of The Meatloaf Hut. The difference was that the owner of The Meatloaf Hut followed through on his vision while Kyle opted out. He deferred accountability to his vision by losing his belief in it. There are three ways in which we defer accountability to our vision – Blame, No Belief, and Feeling Sorry for Ourselves. Some people even reach a professional level of deferral in which they practice all three. We like to call that the tri-fu*k-ta. But losing belief in our vision is not something that happens to us; it is a choice that we make. And that means that No Belief is an action that we can recognize, redirect, and overcome.
If you find yourself inside of No Belief, ask yourself, “When I choose to have no belief, in what way do I opt out? Do I just simply decide it's not possible? Do I tell myself I don't have time? Do I tell myself that there are other things that are more important?” When you have a clear understanding of the ways in which you opt out, ask yourself, “How do I show up when I opt in? What are the things I do when I choose to believe in something being possible?” Give yourself reasons why your vision is possible. My vision is possible because other people have done it. My vision is possible because I'm choosing to create it, and I'm fully committed to it. My vision is possible because I can learn how to make it happen. This trains belief and helps us become aware of when we're opting out of vision and opting in for no belief.
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