This is me in my fancy new cloffice.
I call it that because my beautiful office with a standing desk, a big monitor, a whiteboard on wheels, and a ring light is in my closet. It was not my first choice of office location, but I really love it. There is a window (kinda strange, but that’s not even the strangest thing about my closet) that allows me to see down to the street in front of my house. I love the natural light, and I love people watching.
The strangest thing about my closet is the door that you barely can see right behind the whiteboard. A couple years ago, my husband and I were trying to figure out how the layout of our bedroom corresponded with the layout of the exterior of our house. It just didn’t line up! We looked inside, measured everything, looked outside, measured again, and before long, we realized there was a huge amount of space that wasn’t accounted for. Within hours we were cutting a hole in the wall of our closet. We discovered an entire secret room that had been walled off! It was such an unexpected treat. Though I dreamed of a bigger office, I couldn’t imagine how we could make that happen with our current amount of space. This opportunity that I never could have imagined presented itself, and it will someday become my larger office.
As I started building my coaching business, I focused on a related thought. I practiced the phrase “opportunities that I cannot even imagine await me.” I was determined not to overfocus on blogging, posting on social media, or perfecting my website. Whenever I began thinking that this would limit my earning potential, I directed my mind back to this thought. I managed my mind in a way that kept me open to possibility, creating the feelings that allow me to do what I really want to do with coaching: help other people.
Practicing this thought over and over has created the most incredible results. The first was the opportunity for a full time job that would allow me to pay my way through coaching certification, be available for my kids during elearning, and make a huge difference in the life of my special needs nephew. Other opportunities allowed me to reconnect with past coworkers and friends, which has led to amazing coaching relationships. Another opportunity involves a family project we started years ago when we created a book and doll combo to help kids overcome nighttime fear. Before these scenarios existed, I could not have imagined any of them. My new thought made me notice opportunities. It helped me be open to them when they were presented.
I struggle sometimes to believe some of the woo-woo aspects of coaching. I have a hard time wrapping my head around manifestation, or sending out certain vibrations to get certain results. Maybe I just don’t know enough about these concepts yet. What I do know is that when my mind is open to opportunities, I am able to recognize and respond to them immediately. I would not have jumped on the opportunities if I had not been purposeful with my thinking. By practicing that particular thought over and over, I trained my brain to search for and recognize interesting opportunities.
This is a fantastic, positive, example of how our thoughts ultimately determine our results. Whatever we think about, we focus on and subconsciously search for evidence to prove the thought. We confirm our thoughts time and again.
What thoughts are you allowing in your brain that your actions ultimately prove? What opportunities are you missing out on because of sneaky little thoughts that are existing, unchecked, in your brain? I’d love to help you figure out the answer to that question, and determine how you could create the results you want in life. Let’s talk!