I’ll See It When I Believe It

You may want to read that twice.  Many people will read it, “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but it says “I’ll see it when I believe it.”  Now that may seem like a minor change to just switch two little words around, but if you take a moment and consider it, there’s a huge difference in meaning.

In psychology, we study perception and one of the many things we know about perception is we are limited in our perceptions to what our senses are able to detect and what our beliefs are about the information that comes into the system. Perception doesn’t always match objective fact.  If we truly do not believe in something, we will subconsciously block it out.  Therefore, the other side is also true, if we do believe something we are more likely to see it.

If we believe that we can (or conversely, cannot) do something, then we are correct.  We will subconsciously create what we believe to be true ( that we can or cannot).  Now, many of my clients have experienced this in coaching and therapy.  As long as they believed things couldn’t/wouldn’t get better, they didn’t.  If we were able to move to the belief that things might/could get better, they did. (I use the pronoun “we” because I believe that therapy/counseling/coaching is a partnership, not an expert/non-expert situation.)

The bottom line is the idea that we can change how things are going for us if we are able to change our beliefs.  It is amazing how a simple shift in what we believe and what we expect, consistently, will change what is going on around us. We cannot change other people or external circumstances, but we can change how we allow those people/things to affect us!

Take a little time and digest this idea.  We’ll talk about it more later.  I believe this is an important step in improving the quality of our lives.  Give it some time and see what you think!

Have an awesome day!

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