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Your experience reflects what you look for. This is a BOLD statement, and it is true in every situation. Now listen closely, because there is great power in this – because if you want your experience to change, you simply have to change what you are looking for.
There are 3 things you can do – starting today – to change your reality and, in this magazine issue, I am going to reveal what they are and how you can use them. This article is close to my heart – I wrote it because of an enlightening conversation I had with a friend – and I can’t wait to share it with you today.
I ask only that you read this with an open heart and mind – and then I ask you to be kind to yourself – be gentle with yourself – and be honest with yourself. That is the formula for true and bold transformation.
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“You experience what you look for. Where one person insists there is abundance another may insist there is lack. Where one insists there is stress another may insist there is ease. Our experience is subjective – our experience comes from our expectation – our habit of focus – our stories. You can decide to change your expectation, focus and story at any time. That is your power – that is your birthright!”
— Kristen Howe
Your Experience Reflects
What You Look For
By Kristen Howe
I had a conversation with a friend the other day that I want to share with you. The whole conversation revolved around these 5 words…
It is all so stressful.
In the entire span of the 30 minute conversation, my friend must have repeated these 5 words to me at least 7 times (that’s more than once every 5 minutes.) The topics kept changing but those 5 words kept showing up, for example…
We talked about some of the people she works with who have some specific situations playing out at work and when I mentioned a few of the positive things about the situation, she said, “Yes, but, it is all so stressful for them.”
We talked about her daughter and kids and at one point she said, “It is all so stressful for her.”
She brought up the holidays that had just passed and I asked her how her sister in law was doing (her sister in law’s daughter is expecting a baby and her sister in law is really excited) and she said, “She is excited, but thinking about traveling to see the baby once it is born, well, it is all so stressful for her.”
She told me about her plans for the next week where she was going to connect with some of her good friends and get some renovations finished around her house and she said, “It is all so stressful for me.”
These are just a few of the examples – and the phrase of the hour still showed up more than I have relayed to you here.
Now, this is important – my friend is NOT one of those overly negative people. She is loving, laughs a lot and loves to enjoy herself. BUT in that 30 minute conversation, I discovered something important about her that I hadn’t realized before, she sees things through this filter of “It is all so stressful.” And because she does, everything is always coated with a layer of stress. She looks for the stress first. She defends that this or that is stressful. She even defends that things are stressful for other people (as you saw in the examples I gave you).
Toward the end of the conversation, I finally decided to say something – so I said, “Well sure, we can find stress in anything, and the experience we have reflects what we look for.” She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “Easy for you to say, you don’t ever seem to have stress.” I smiled and said, “I have stress, but I choose to focus on the excitement of a situation instead.”
She said, “Oh, positive thinking huh?” I said, “Not really, let me give you an example. If I described to you my life as an actress and as an entrepreneur, what do you think I would say?”
She thought about it and said, “That’s easy because I remember hearing you talk about both. When you do, you get excited, saying how amazing it is how you get to meet all of these incredible people and work on all of these different projects and as an entrepreneur how you get to decide where you are working and when and on what and how you get to touch the lives of so many and learn amazing things from them in the process.”
I said, “Exactly, that’s what you have heard me say. So, if someone asked you about my life, what would you tell them?”
She said, “I’d tell them that you have an amazing life filled with unique experiences, opportunities and people.”
I said, “Okay, now, let me ask you this, what if when I talked about being an actress and an entrepreneur, what I talked about was how you never know where your next job is coming from and you are constantly auditioning and competing and getting rejected and even when you do book a job you don’t know how long it will last? And what if I told you that as an entrepreneur, I don’t have benefits and I have to create opportunities where it seems like there aren’t any and if something breaks down in my systems, my whole business lies in the balance – how would you describe my life then?”
She started to laugh and she said, “I’d say that your life is all so stressful.”
I said, “Now, could you objectively say that both of these descriptions of my life are true?”
She said, “Yes, absolutely, BUT because I only hear you talk about how much you love the life you have created, I don’t even register the stressful part of your life.”
I said, “Me either – because I don’t focus on the stressful parts of what I do, that isn’t my experience. Of course there are times where I feel stressed, but I don’t spend my whole time focused on how stressful of a life I have chosen for myself – if I did, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to keep living it, that would be too scary.”
Now do you see what I mean when I say ““We can find stress in anything, and the experience we have reflects what we look for”?
She said, “Absolutely – and I also see that I can change my focus immediately in my own life AND I can change what I’m focused on with other people too. Just because they are focused on the stress of their life doesn’t mean I have to give that stress more energy by telling other people how stressful their situation is, that is only adding to the energy of stress that is surrounding them. I know I can’t change how they are looking at their life, I’m not willing to risk my relationships by trying to change the people I love, but I certainly can help the energy that is surrounding their situation by paying attention to the story I tell about them and their life.”
And now you see why this friend of mine is a friend that I respect SO deeply. She gets things that fast and is willing to shift instantly when she does.
So, now that I’ve illustrated how the experience we have reflects what we look for – let’s look at how you can use this to instantly lower stress and raise the vibration of your life…
If you don’t like the experience you are having with life, there are 3 things you can do – starting right now – to change that…
Pay attention to your expectations:
When you start something (could be starting your day, going to the gym, going to work, starting a new job, going to a party, starting a business, starting a new relationship etc.) pay attention to what you REALLY expect.
What you REALLY expect determines where you put your focus because, as human beings, we like to be right, so whatever it is you really expect, you will then shift your focus to look for proof that you are right.
Once you become aware of what you really expect, you can choose a different expectation. Write it down, decide what proof you would need to look for to reaffirm this new expectation and commit to bringing yourself back to your new expectation any time you feel yourself stray.
Pay attention to your focus:
As I just said, what you really expect determines what you focus on because we like to be right. So, without realizing it, you are focused on finding proof that your real expectation is true.
That means if your real expectation is struggle – you will look for proof of struggle. BUT if you shift your real expectation to ease, you will shift your focus to look for proof of ease.
At first, you will have to actively be aware of what you are looking for proof of. You will have to commit to looking for proof of your new, positive expectation. And when you do, everything including your stories – will change.
Pay attention to your stories:
If real expectations determine what you focus on – then what you focus on determines your stories. Your story is what you tell yourself and other people about your current situation.
And here’s the real kicker – your stories have the power to reaffirm or change your real expectations. So, pay attention to the stories you are telling yourself and other people. And ask yourself how you can adjust your story to create a new, real and positive expectation.
Be kind to yourself – be gentle with yourself – be honest with yourself. When you are all 3, miraculous transformations can happen in the blink of an eye.
|Quick Tip||Look Who’s Talking…|
|If you are having trouble discovering what you really expect in different situations, try this…Say to yourself, “I am so excited because this is happening in my life because I can see how amazing it can be – BUT…“What comes after the BUT is what you really expect to happen.”
Here are some common examples to help you see what I mean:I’m so excited about this new relationship because I can see how amazing this can be – BUT my relationships never work out once I find out what’s REALLY wrong with them.
I’m so excited to begin a new day because I can see how amazing it can be – BUT no one respects me at work and everything has been a struggle recently so I hope it won’t be the same.
I’m so excited about my new business because I can see how amazing it can be – BUT I always get excited at first and then jump to the next thing the second there are any challenges.
You get the idea – give it a try, you’ll be amazed at what comes up for you. Then, don’t judge yourself, decide what your new expectation and focus and story will be and stick with it. Eventually your habit of focus will shift to your new (positive expectation) and you will be so excited by the results!
Thank you very much for sharing this video with me, Kristen.I have watched it 5 times already and shared it on Facebook.
Have a terrific day, as always.