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Manufactured Belief—The Secret to Making Your Writing Dream Happen

by Jennifer on January 28, 2010

By Jennifer Blanchard

If you’ve ever spent time daydreaming about your writing dream, but still can’t manage to believe that it can happen, you’re not alone. Many people feel this way.

They can’t imagine their writing dreams coming true because they can’t see how it will happen. They’re so attached to the “how” that they refuse to give it to the universe and just believe.

I was in this boat for most of my life. Until I watched the DVD, Beyond the Secret, and heard about a term called “manufactured belief.”

Manufactured Belief
Manufactured belief means telling yourself you believe and pretending to believe until you actually do believe. (That’s why it’s “manufactured,” because at first, it will be.)

The more you tell yourself something, eventually you’ll start to believe it and accept it as true.

So you can continue to tell yourself, “I’m not good enough,” or “I can’t do this,” or “My writing dream will never happen.” OR you can start to tell yourself, “I’m a brilliant fiction writer,” and “I can do anything,” and “My writing dream is coming true.”

Either way, what you tell yourself will become what you believe.

Here’s a perfect example: When you’re a fan of a sports team that tends to lose a lot (Buffalo Bills, anyone?), and yet you still find yourself believing in the team, cheering for them, attending games and hoping that they’ll win—that’s manufactured belief. That’s you knowing how things have typically been and still believing things can be different.

Manufactured belief is kind of liking changing a habit. At first, doing the new habit is difficult and you don’t believe you’re going to be able to make it happen. But after doing it over and over again, it slowly becomes second nature, and eventually the habit is so ingrained in you that you won’t believe it hasn’t always been part of your life.

That’s like manufactured habit. If you do it enough, it becomes part of your routine.

The same goes for manufactured belief.

Using Manufactured Belief to Reach Your Writing Dream
If you want to manufacture some belief in yourself and your writing dream, here are some steps you can take:

  • Decide on the belief statement(s) you will tell yourself—This is kind of like an affirmation. Choose a positive statement that—when you say it—makes you feel good and makes you want to believe it’s true. The phrase will differ from writer to writer.Some suggestions include: “I am a great writer,” “I am publishing a novel,” “I am a best-selling fiction writer,” (that’s the phrase I use!), etc.
  • Keep repeating your belief statement—At first, you’ll have to repeat your new belief statement to yourself several times a day. Start with at least three times a day (morning, afternoon and evening), but try to tell it to yourself as often as possible. The more you do it, the easier it will get.
  • Ignore your inner voice when it tells you you’re wrong—When you first start out using manufactured belief, you’re going to feel a lot of doubts rising up inside you. This is because what you’re now telling yourself is contrary to what you used to tell yourself.You have to continue to ignore that voice, thou, and every time it pops up and says, “you’re wrong,” or “no you can’t,” you have to snuff it out by repeating your new belief statement over and over again.

    This phase will take time. In fact, it’s probably the phase that takes the longest. But when you get over the hump and reach the other side, it will all be worth it.

Once your new belief statement has turned from manufactured belief to belief, amazing things will happen. You’ll begin attracting to your life everything needed to make your writing dream a reality.

This will happen because you will no longer be resisting what you want. You will no longer be looking for “how” it can happen, because you won’t need to.

You’ll just believe it’s going to happen. Because that’s the belief you manufactured for yourself.

And when you believe something, it becomes your reality. It has to. Because that’s how law of attraction works.

What do you think about manufactured belief? How do you think it can help you reach your writing dreams?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is founder of Procrastinating Writers. Be sure to follow her on Twitter.

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1 Maryse January 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

Don’t know if most suffering writers will agree with you but I do. Follow what feels right and warm inside and do not pay attention to the rest. And the dreams come true. Two years ago I thought I would never be able to write and now I have a blog. Submitting to publications does not feel good so I do not do it anymore. The Universe will take care of it. If it’s meant to be, It will be. 🙂
Good luck!!
Maryse

2 Kate London January 28, 2010 at 11:44 am

I definitely believe in the Law of Attraction, but one thing that can help when you are doing affirmations in order to get around the disbelief in your mind that blocks you by saying,” NO, you are not a bestselling fiction writer,” is to ask it in a question like “WHY am I a bestselling writer?” Your mind is like Google and it will search for the answer, and (hopefully!) manifest your question into your life. Just my two cents.

3 Laura Lee Bloor January 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

What I’ve noticed, and I think this falls in line with what you’re saying about manufactured belief, is that it’s more about a shift in thinking. You have to catch negative thoughts and flip them around to a positive. There was an actress who did an interview with Self magazine several months back (and I am completely blanking on who it was, sorry!) and it was all about her shift from saying “why?” to “why not?” I found that to be refreshing and have tried to incoporate it more often in my own thoughts and experiences.

4 Rebecca January 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

It sounds very similar to one of my all time favorite mottos (which I did not make up):

Fake it ’til you make it, Baby!

5 Archan Mehta January 29, 2010 at 4:29 am

Hey Jennifer:

First of all, let me congratulate you for hosting such an excellent blog. Thanks for displaying your photo as well: you have a photogenic personality for sure.

This is an excellent post, as usual, and it reminded me of Wayne Dyer’s case.

The self-help guru, who holds a Doctorate, was teaching at a college, and decided to write a book. Dyer was in his 30s, and decided to approach publishers and acted “as if” he was already a published author.

Dyer was unhappy with being an academic. Instead, Dyer wanted to pursue a “creative life,” and so let his creativity provide the guidance to reach his goals. And lo and behold, Dyer’s book was published (by Hay House?) and today he has an established career: writer, consultant, speaker, you name it.

In turn, that success enabled him to leave Michigan for the warmer climate of Maui, Hawaii. This is what I can recall from reading some of Dyer’s books.
That’s why your post really resonated with me: believe in your own potential and the world will open up for you. Your dreams can come true with faith and the ability to work hard and reach your goals. Wish you all the best.

6 jblan February 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

@Laura Lee Bloor You’re exactly right! It IS a shift in thinking. It’s a shift in what you accept as real and true. Because when you tell yourself something–and when you’ve been told something your whole life–it makes it hard to believe things that are opposite of it. So, for example, if you always told yourself growing up that you were “not enough,” then that belief is always with you and it’s reinforced by the things that happen to you because that’s how you take them (meaning if someone rejects you, let’s say, it’s because you’re “not enough”). So now when you tell yourself that you ARE enough, your mind doesn’t want to believe it because that’s not what it is used to hearing.

I think asking “why not?” is a really refreshing perspective! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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