The life coach, writer, and Harvard negotiator Martha Beck talks about the concept of believing eyes in her book Finding Your Northstar — a book that I devoured when I was making a major career transition from being a lawyer to launching my own business in 2002 on the heels of the 9/11 tragedy. This concept of believing eyes is that you should surround yourself with people that believe in your vision for the future. It’s not only something I try to live by, but also share with my coaching clients and speaking engagement audiences.
A writer friend said something recently that really resonated with me. She said that every book has a midwife that helps birth it into the world. I loved that concept. I was chatting with another friend and she said that once the book comes out into the world, your book also has godparents.
To me, these are all ways of saying something similar to what Beck was talking about with the concept of believing eyes.
So imagine my wonderful surprise, joy, and gratitude when I received a package in the mail recently and opened it to find a beautiful bracelet spelling out the words AUTHOR in an old-fashioned typewriter motif. This was gifted to me by one of my long-term close friends who I have known since we’re fourteen years old. I’ve shared details about the book I hope will be my debut novel and she’s listened with excitement. She always has my back and is there to support me on my writing journey. I will wear this bracelet proudly! And every time I look at it, it will remind me that she believes in me, and in this book and the story within it. That she is one of my believing eyes!
Figure out who your believing eyes are. And hold onto them dearly. They are worth their weight in gold.