Crew Coach: by Capt. Rob Gannon
“I’ll believe it when I see it.”
I think we’ve all heard that saying. Now, there may be seemingly good reasons for the skepticism, but if one wants to practice and develop the art of attracting, try flipping that saying around to “I’ll see it when I believe it.” It will set you on the right course.
In my 10 years as a personal coach, I’ve talked and worked with captains and crew and many folks from other professions who were seriously thinking about making some major changes. One thing that’s been proven over and over again is that skepticism, self-doubt and fear are not our friends in the process of moving forward.
These feelings will keep us in the doldrums with no wind in our sails, and can even generate a current that begins pushing our ship backwards.
So what will help create momentum and desired changes? Well, the opposite of those three forces just mentioned. That would be optimism, belief in self, and fearlessness, also known as the ability to overcome fears.
I realize that for some folks, this “law of attraction” and “manifesting your desires” stuff doesn’t resonate, and that’s OK. But I have also found that when people open themselves up to understanding and practicing it, really cool and interesting things start to happen. The big, bad, scary process of change can actually become fun and enjoyable.
It’s really just about directing our thoughts and the energy behind them to work for us, not against us. It’s not some latest “new age” trend. It’s actually very old age and presented in the written lessons by our ancient teachers and sages.
To me, there is something powerful and profound about principles and lessons that are passed on through the ages that still are relevant and valuable in today’s modern world. I think we are wise to take note of them.
Making major changes, such as a career change, is about creating and building something new. When we build something, don’t we want all the right tools for the job? Focusing our thoughts positively toward achieving our desires is a tool. Once we have a tool, we must know how to use it properly. As anyone who has built anything knows, the right tool used properly makes any job easier. Going at change with a full toolbox feels good and sets us up for success.
Worry and fear cannot be in that toolbox. There’s an old saying: “When you expect something, it is on the way. When you believe something, it is on the way. When you fear something, it is on the way.” We can have a hand in steering what’s on the way. We are not helpless. We are not victims.
Back in 2004, Esther and Jerry Hicks wrote the book “Ask and It Is Given.” They reintroduced this law of attraction to millions. I pull it off my bookshelf from time to time to remind me of some of the gems of wisdom filling that book. Such as this little piece:
“It is our desire that you become one who is happy with that which you are and that which you have – while at the same time being eager for more. That is the optimal creative vantage point: To stand on the brink of what is coming, feeling eager, optimistic anticipation – with no feeling of impatience, doubt, or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it – that is the Science of Deliberate Creation at its best.”
I’ll see it when I believe it. Try working around that the next time major changes come knocking. Then carry on with that full toolbox. We are creators. Go ahead, go out there and create something amazing, and watch it come to be and grow. It keeps life interesting and fun.
Enjoy the voyage.
Capt. Rob Gannon is a 30-year licensed captain and certified life and wellness coach (yachtcrewcoach.com). Comments are welcome below.