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The "I Am" Effect

The "I Am" Effect

When I shifted my thoughts from “I Want” to “I Am”, I obtained perspective, clarity and a keen sense of gratitude.

A former classmate shared with me that her long-time employer shut their doors last week leaving her a bit frustrated and very unemployed. I suggested having greater faith in her abilities would improve her job search. Her response was “I'm not used to this ‘positivity thing’ but I’m trying." Trying is sometimes not my best option. When I've wanted to land a certain job,  account, or career, "knowing" it is on its way beats "trying" to be positive any day. 

In a recent interview with Deniese Davis, Producer of HBO’s Insecure, she shared that a mentor once told her, "Stop saying 'I want to be a producer.' You are a producer." It’s not just about positive wishing or positive imaginings. It’s about engaging with that certainty and excitement you feel when you already have what you've been expecting, creating and deserving. It's about being grateful for what you know already exists for you. When I shifted my thoughts from “I Want” to “I Am”, I obtained perspective, clarity and a keen sense of gratitude.

“I want” is standard.

“I Am” is bold. 

Let’s be bold in recognizing our possibilities!

 

Photo by Davide Cantelli on Unsplash

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