October 7, 2019 10:00 am Published by

Sparking Action #166

When you pursue a dream, a future opportunity, or a goal, all kinds of concern, worry, and fear can show up. After all, it wouldn’t be a future possibility if you already knew how to do it.

Recently, while working with a group of CEOs, one of them declared something big. It was something career and life-altering that wasn’t in the plans; it was an epiphany. This person had no prior knowledge of this subject matter.

While we discussed the possibility, they talked about all the things they “didn’t know” how to do. One of the other leaders suggested a technique where instead of consistently saying “I don’t know how” to reframe it to “I don’t know how YET.” I suggested reframing it as “I haven’t done that yet.”

Both options embody excitement, learning, and future action. Stating “I don’t know how” just reinforces the idea that you’re incapable. Adding “yet” at the end of the same phrase sparks an intent to act.

It’s subtle, but significant if you’re up for big things. Try it and see what happens.

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