“Is that your final answer?” Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or so you’ve probably heard that phrase before. We’ve all seen the game show. Money builds up. questions get more and more difficult. Lifelines are gone… The contestant gives their answer and the host asks over and over, “Are you sure? Is that your final answer?” It’s the moment of truth.
Have you ever noticed how sometimes you can see their level of certainty as though it was written on their face? Are they barely able to speak because of a dry mouth? Are they wiping the sweat from their palms on their pants? Do they have a panicked look on their face? Or, do they look confident and self-assured? Do they look like they KNOW, beyond any doubt, that they are correct? We can see how certain the contestant is through the way that they talk and move but this is only half of the story.
We see the rest of the story when the answer is announced. Sometimes the person who was completely certain turned out to be completely wrong. Sometimes the nervous wreck who was sure that they wrong turns out to be correct. This is a clue for us and I’m going to tell you something very interesting about certainty… Certainty is not a logical state… it’s an emotional one. Psychological study after study has shown this to be true.
What does that mean? It means that certainty is a feeling. As such, it functions according to the “rules” of feelings. It does not have to conform to being based on logic or fact. You can feel lonely in a room full of people. You can feel connected to humanity even though you’re all alone at the top of a mountain. You can choose to feel certain even though conditions don’t necessarily support that conclusion. You can choose to feel uncertain even though the evidence states that you have every right to feel confident. These feelings are choices… Our choices.
Why is this important? It’s important because your ability to create the future of your dreams is dependent on your certainty that you can achieve it! (Remember point #1 of the Blueprint Builder?) Ultimately, thought, charged with feeling, leading to belief, resulting in action is what is going to build your future… your definite major purpose (DMP). Are you more or less likely to take action if you lack certainty? Lack of certainty leads to paralysis and hesitation so a lack of certainty is definitely going to interfere with creating your dream. This is why the Blueprint Builder focuses so much on the development of self-confidence and certainty… because it is a precursor to action.
In addition, certainty helps us to be clear in our thinking. Haanel talks about focusing our thoughts in one place like a magnifying glass. How can this be done if we are uncertain? How can we focus the power of our mind if we are scattered with thoughts of plan B, C, D, E and F? Certainty concentrates our mind which focuses our actions which leads to results. It is essential to manifesting the life that you want. After all, if you don’t believe it, how will your subconscious?
Sometimes I end my blog with a question or a challenge… This is one of those times. The million dollar question is:
How certain are you that you will turn your DMP into a reality?
Now before you answer, remember that certainty is an emotion. It doesn’t need to be supported by fact in order to be felt. Can you conjure a feeling of certainty around your DMP? Do you conjure this feeling every time you read it?
If you are 100% certain, so that you know clear to your bones, that you will create this reality, that you are already creating it, then I can say with confidence that it will be done. If you lack certainty around your DMP then this is an excellent place for you to devote your efforts. Stoke this fire so that it can light your way. Choose to feel certain regardless of what obstacles stand in your way. Think of them as paper dragons that will be blown aside when the time is right. You will find that certainty, along with a will to act, will make for an unstoppable combination.
I feel certain that you can manifest your dream… Do you?