By Jennifer Blanchard
If you’ve ever spent time daydreaming about your writing dream, but still can’t manage to believe that it can happen, you’re not alone. Many people feel this way.
They can’t imagine their writing dreams coming true because they can’t see how it will happen. They’re so attached to the “how” that they refuse to give it to the universe and just believe.
I was in this boat for most of my life. Until I watched the DVD, Beyond the Secret, and heard about a term called “manufactured belief.”
Manufactured belief means telling yourself you believe and pretending to believe until you actually do believe. (That’s why it’s “manufactured,” because at first, it will be.)
The more you tell yourself something, eventually you’ll start to believe it and accept it as true.
So you can continue to tell yourself, “I’m not good enough,” or “I can’t do this,” or “My writing dream will never happen.” OR you can start to tell yourself, “I’m a brilliant fiction writer,” and “I can do anything,” and “My writing dream is coming true.”
Either way, what you tell yourself will become what you believe.
Here’s a perfect example: When you’re a fan of a sports team that tends to lose a lot (Buffalo Bills, anyone?), and yet you still find yourself believing in the team, cheering for them, attending games and hoping that they’ll win—that’s manufactured belief. That’s you knowing how things have typically been and still believing things can be different.
Manufactured belief is kind of liking changing a habit. At first, doing the new habit is difficult and you don’t believe you’re going to be able to make it happen. But after doing it over and over again, it slowly becomes second nature, and eventually the habit is so ingrained in you that you won’t believe it hasn’t always been part of your life.
That’s like manufactured habit. If you do it enough, it becomes part of your routine.
The same goes for manufactured belief.
Using Manufactured Belief to Reach Your Writing Dream
If you want to manufacture some belief in yourself and your writing dream, here are some steps you can take:
- Decide on the belief statement(s) you will tell yourself—This is kind of like an affirmation. Choose a positive statement that—when you say it—makes you feel good and makes you want to believe it’s true. The phrase will differ from writer to writer.Some suggestions include: “I am a great writer,” “I am publishing a novel,” “I am a best-selling fiction writer,” (that’s the phrase I use!), etc.
- Keep repeating your belief statement—At first, you’ll have to repeat your new belief statement to yourself several times a day. Start with at least three times a day (morning, afternoon and evening), but try to tell it to yourself as often as possible. The more you do it, the easier it will get.
- Ignore your inner voice when it tells you you’re wrong—When you first start out using manufactured belief, you’re going to feel a lot of doubts rising up inside you. This is because what you’re now telling yourself is contrary to what you used to tell yourself.You have to continue to ignore that voice, thou, and every time it pops up and says, “you’re wrong,” or “no you can’t,” you have to snuff it out by repeating your new belief statement over and over again.
This phase will take time. In fact, it’s probably the phase that takes the longest. But when you get over the hump and reach the other side, it will all be worth it.
Once your new belief statement has turned from manufactured belief to belief, amazing things will happen. You’ll begin attracting to your life everything needed to make your writing dream a reality.
This will happen because you will no longer be resisting what you want. You will no longer be looking for “how” it can happen, because you won’t need to.
You’ll just believe it’s going to happen. Because that’s the belief you manufactured for yourself.
And when you believe something, it becomes your reality. It has to. Because that’s how law of attraction works.
What do you think about manufactured belief? How do you think it can help you reach your writing dreams?
About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.