I’m a recovering worrier. One of my favorite ‘go to’ worries was money. I would worry day and night about how much it would cost if my car broke down, how much my gas and electric bill was going to be if we had a cold winter, if I had contributed enough to my 401K, where I would end up if I couldn’t pay rent, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
I was sick of being paralyzed with worry about money. I knew that staying up worrying at 4 AM didn’t put money in the bank. Plus, worrying made my blood pressure high. I was short tempered, and I had no mental capacity to be productive or an effective professional.
I decided to try an experiment. Deepak Chopra taught a phrase, "I’ll believe it, then I’ll see it.” Changing the well-known phrase, “I’ll have to see it to believe it.” Since it was money that I worried about, I was going to believe it was in my life.
Everyday, I recorded all the ways that money showed up for me. I recorded when I found a penny, or when someone bought my coffee. I logged when I was able to pay my bills; or, if I landed a new contract. I recorded if I was able to by someone lunch. I listed anything money, small or large.
I started realizing that I had what I needed around money every single day. I also started feeling my money worries disappearing. Not worrying gave me the mental capacity to focus on things that were important to me. I believed it, and then I saw it.
Try this exercise for yourself. Do you want more time? Start recording all of the things you had time for each day. Do you want more love in your life? Record every single loving interaction you experience each day. Do you want more happiness? Note all of the little treasures that make you smile each day. Watch how believing turns to seeing.